Michelle Shocked Stages Sit-In Protest at Canceled Santa Cruz Show
Folk singer Michelle Shocked protested outside a Santa Cruz nightclub that canceled her concert after controversial statements made in a San Francisco concert earlier this month.
The Associated Press reports the musician staged a sit-in near the entrance to Moe’s Alley wearing a white disposable safety suit. Shocked also covered her mouth with duct tape decorated with the message “Silenced by Fear.”
Before the protest, Shocked tweeted: “Moe’s in S Cruz tonight ok? Its an art project `My Summer Vacation’ I want your autograph. Bring Sharpie.”
Shocked strummed her guitar and shook her head whenever approached for questioning before pointing to her self-made signs that encouraged people to write on the outfit she was wearing with the available Sharpie markers.
LGBT bands Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors replaced Shocked as performers at Moe’s Alley. Even with the protest outside his club, owner Bill Welch told AP, “We will not be bashing Michelle Shocked. Rather we will celebrate music, diversity and send some healing Santa Cruz energy her way.”
As previously reported, Shocked gave this statement at her concert on March 17, “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back…You can go on Twitter and say, ’Michelle Shocked says God hates f—s’.”
A total of nine venues have cancelled Shocked’s tour performances so far. The audio from Shocked’s concert is available here via SoundCloud. Read Shocked’s statement following the inevitable backlash here.
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