Singer says her words were 'misinterpreted'
Grace Carroll

10:00 21st March 2013

Michelle Shocked has apologised for her bizarre onstage homophobic rant, and insisted that her words were 'misinterpreted'.

In a statement realised to KQED, Shocked attempts to explain her rant and says that she was not properly understood, and also says that it was not a publicity stunt.

The full statement reads, "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that. I believe intolerance comes from fear, and these folks are genuinely scared. When I said "Twitter that Michelle Shocked says "God hates f****s," I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore.

And to those fans who are disappointed by what they've heard or think I said, I'm very sorry: I don't always express myself as clearly as I should. But don't believe everything you read on facebook or twitter. My view of homosexualtiy has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: it was a description of how some folks - not me - feel about gay marriage.

The show, and the rant, was spontaneous. As for those applauding my so-called stance that "God Hates F****ts," I say they should be met with mercy, not hate. And I hope that what remains of my audience will meet that intolerance with understanding, even of those who might hate them.

Folks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband. My sexuality is not at issue. What is being questioned is my support for the LGBT community, and that has never wavered. Music and activism have always been part of my work and my journey, which I hope and intend to continue. I'd like to say this was a publicity stunt, but I'm really not that clever, and I'm definitely not that cynical.

But I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them. I say this not because I want to look better. I have no wish to hide my faults, and - clearly - I couldn't if I tried."

However, fans are still not fully convinced by her words, as an apparent recording of the audio was posted on website Billboard - and Shocked's rant is very easy to misinterpret.

Michelle Shocked now denies having homophobic views

In the recording, a voice that sounds like Shocked's says, "I was in a prayer meeting yesterday. You gotta appreciate how scared, how scared folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point— and I really shouldn’t say 'their' because it’s mine— too, we are nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point we are going to be— I think maybe Chinese water torture is going to be the means, the method. Once Prop. 8 gets instated, and once preachers are held at gun point and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back."

Later in the recording, in response to comments from the audience, the voice says, "You said you wanted reality. If someone would be so gracious as to tweet out that Michelle Shocked just said from stage, 'god hates f****ts...' Would you do that?"

They said WHAT? Most shocking statements from big music stars

  • Michelle Shocked: The singer recently ranted that 'God hates f*gs' at a US concert, leaving the audience stunned. Shocked told the crowd, "I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry." The club's manager cut her set short and said that she would never be back, and other venues are also now distancing themselves from Shocked.

  • Darren Hayes: The lead singer of Savage Garden made headlines in 2007 after he allegedly yelled racial slurs at a male waiter at a Thai restaurant in London. He was arrested and later released on bail. Hayes denied all allegations.

  • Morrissey: The former frontman of The Smiths is no stranger to making controversial statements, but he went too far at a show in Poland in 2011. The Norway massacre had only just happened when Morrissey said on stage, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried S*** every day."

  • Kelis: Forget about her milkshake bringing the boys to the yard, as Kelis was arrested in 2007. The singer was in Miami Beach when she was arrested for hurling racial slurs at two undercover police officers posing as prostitutes. According to the report, her "actions caused people walking by to stop and form a crowd. The sidewalk was blocked by the disturbance, causing people to walk in the street and causing traffic to stop." She was charged with two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.

  • Donna Summer: The star became a born again Christian in the early 80s, and apparently made anti-gay comments at a 1983 concert. She was reported as claiming Aids was a punishment from God for the lifestyles of homosexual people but later denied making the comments. Summer later told AIDS campaign group ACT UP in a letter in 1989 that it was "a terrible misunderstanding. I was unknowingly protected by those around me from the bad press and hate letters... If I have caused you pain, forgive me."

  • John Mayer: In a 2010 Playboy interview, Mayer made several offensive comments, including "My d**k is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke c**k. I'm going to start dating separately from my d**k," and "If you really had a hood pass, you could call it a n****r pass," among others.

  • Amy Winehouse: In 2008, the troubled singer was filmed in a crack den, taking drugs and singing a racist chant. She replaced the words of 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' with a number of offensive words, while filmed by her husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Amy later apologised for the chant.

  • Axl Rose: In 1988, Guns 'n' Roses recorded a song which was the first that Axl had written solo, 'One in a Million'. The song included the word 'n****r' as well as the lyrics, "Immigrants and f****ts, they make no sense to me. They come to our country and think they'll do as they please, like start some mini-Iran or spread some f**king disease." Axl refused to apologise for the song.

  • Miley Cyrus: There was an uproar in 2009 when a photo was released of Miley Cyrus making 'slant-eyes' in a photo. She was accused of making fun of Asian features, and a group representing Asian Americans said, "The photograph of Miley Cyrus and other individuals slanting their eyes currently circulating the internet is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans... Not only have Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimised the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American fans."

  • Michael Jackson: There's no denying that MJ had issues with race, but he was actually pretty anti-Semitic. He once reportedly left a comment on his former advisor's answering machine saying that Jewish people are "like leeches... I'm so tired of it... They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything. End up penniless. It is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."


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