Michelle Shocked "Very Sorry" for "Misinterpreted" Anti-Gay Marriage Remarks
Michelle Shocked is speaking out days after she incited a mass walk-out at one of her concerts for what many believed to be remarks against gay marriage. During her rant, Shocked cited verses from the Old Testament condemning homosexuality and encouraged the crowd to go on Twitter "and say 'Michelle Shocked says God hates f---.'"
Shocked, 51, says that her remarks at a San Francisco concert on Sunday were misunderstood and that she was only saying that "some" religious followers believes that God hates homosexuals. "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else)," she said in a statement obtained by Spin. "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."
Formerly gay alt-folk rock singer Michelle Shocked slams gay marriage during concert
Shocked continued: "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 homosexuality has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating [the] 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."
Since her remarks on Sunday, 10 venues canceled upcoming concerts with Shocked. In her statement, Shocked also briefly addressed questions about her own sexuality, but said that that information was "irrelevant."
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Shocked went onto say that her comments were not planned ahead of time. "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," she said. "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."
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