Singer to respond personally to fans upset by ‘faggots’ remark

Nicole Lafond Contributor
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Singer Michelle Shocked has responded on Twitter, albeit vaguely, to fans who didn’t appreciate her use of the word “faggots” at Yoshi’s in San Francisco Sunday night, saying she plans to respond to each and every tweet about the situation.

Audience members left Shocked’s concert and the venue shut down the performance after her remark, USA Today reported.

“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,” Shocked said, according to audience members. “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates faggots.'”

And that’s exactly what quite a few people did. Tweets using the hashtag for Shocked’s tour, #shortsharpshocked, immediately lit up the social media service.

“@MShocked I hope for you that you find your real self beneath all of that self loathing rage. Cowardice is no way to live #shortsharpshocked,” tweeted one user.

Shocked tweeted today that she is waiting to see the full scope of people’s reactions.

“I’m abiding, letting eveyone’s [sic] true colors show before I undertake a personal response to each and every tweet,” she wrote. “Am neither against woman’s right to choose nor gay marriage. Am a fundamentalist tho.”

Shocked, who intentionally left her sexuality ambiguous at the beginning of her career, has since claimed to be a born-again Christian.

Two music venues — Telluride Blues Festival, Colo. and SPACE, Ill. — have canceled Shocked’s performances because of the controversy.

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