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eTown cancels Michelle Shocked show after singer’s reported anti-gay rant

Boulder's eTown has pulled the plug on its May 3 concert with show veteran Michelle Shocked after her reported anti-gay rant at a concert. (Promotional photo).

Boulder’s eTown has pulled the plug on its May 3 concert with show veteran Michelle Shocked after her reported anti-gay rant at a concert. (Promotional photo).

Boulder-based national radio show eTown announced it has canceled its May 3 concert with eTown veteran Michelle Shocked after the singer-songwriter reportedly went on an anti-gay rant at a concert in San Francisco.

“From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do — whether it’s a radio taping, special event, concert or social cause we support,” eTown said on its Facebook page a few minutes ago. “We are deeply saddened by today’s news, and are pulling the plug on this event.”

Shocked, a self-identified born-again Christian, has a long relationship with the program. The singer-songwriter has performed 13 times across eTown’s 22 year history with acts such as the Avett Brothers, the Bad Plus and Barenaked Ladies.

“We cancelled the event as soon as we heard about the news this morning, and made the announcement on Twitter, and responded to individuals throughout the day that were concerned, even before the official announcement on Facebook,” eTown’s Zach Littlefield told Reverb. “It would be safe to say she won’t be on anymore.”

At least one other tour stop, the SPACE venue in Evanston, Ill., has canceled a Shocked concert because of the anti-gay rant, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Full refunds are available by calling the eTown Hall box office at 303-443-8696.

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and comedy critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johntwenzel.

  • Bozo_Profundo

    Man, what a fascist paradise Colorado has become. Do you people realize what a laughingstock your state has become?

    • nowhereman

      Um, no. We don’t like bigots, that’s all.

    • boarderthom

      There is no record of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking directly to the issue. But his widow, Coretta Scott King, was passionate about gay rights, saying, “Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity, and their personhood.”

    • cleopete

      Yeah, Hitler legalized pot too. Sir, you have earned your name today.

    • thedamagedape

      Yeah, Colorado’s a total laughing stock, so much so that people are fleeing the state and its tanking economy for lands of milk and honey such as Indiana and West Virginia that allow the personal liberty of acting upon one’s cognitive dissonance.

    • Dieter Zerressen

      we will no longer tolerate intolerance. As for laughing stock, really? Every survey that I see about livability, happiness, environment, thinness, real estate values, outdoor activities, Colorado ranks in the top of all states (except the number of single wides and marrying your cousins part – that’s where you come in, Bozo).

  • John

    Fascist? It sounds like a private organization making a decision in its best interest. You have no idea what “fascism” is.

  • Suvkix

    Do they have any proof of what she allegedly said? All the article says is she reportedly said anti-gay comments. D they have a recording or something?

    • MusicFan44

      Yes, they have proof. Google it. It was so bad the audience walked out, Yoshi’s shut the show down and is offering refunds to the people who attended it. She ended it by telling people they could go out and tell people “God Hates Fags.” So far at least 6 venues have canceled her tour including places in California, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington.

      • cleopete

        Yikes. I used to like her too.

      • Bob Nelson

        now up to 9 of the remaining 11 shows on her tour

  • disqus_tgUHuZ4bn5

    “…a spirit of community and inclusiveness”, but they’re excluding her because they disagree with her point of view. Hmmmmmm….

    • nowhereman

      We all exclude lots of things, ideas, and people every day. Your dog doesn’t hunt.

    • Sporifix

      “Inclusiveness’ doesn’t require providing a public forum to bigots.

  • anon_hates_gay_bashers

    Who gives a shit?! Does anyone even listen to this loser anymore, anyways?

  • beccabee

    Inclusiveness and hatred really aren’t compatible. If you want to come here, don’t hate. It’s pretty simple, actually.

  • Bob D.

    While I strongly disagree with her alleged remarks, I do not believe in musical censorship of any kind…. Where would music be today if everyone would have censored Johnny Rotten, Snead O’Connor, Frank Zappa, etc.? I love E-town, but they got this one wrong.

    • nowhereman

      No one is censoring her music, just not financially supporting her hate speech.

    • Don Keyhotay

      You’re free to go out and buy all her CD’s if you desire.

      No one is stopping you.

    • cleopete

      How is not getting the gig censorship? If they don’t invite Ted Nugent is the Toad oppressed?

      • Bob D.

        She had the gig, then they pulled her because of her personal (and disappointing) views… not her music…. Where does E-Town (or anyone) draw the line when they exclude an artist solely for the reason of what they believe in? No Jerry Garcia because he smoked crack?… That’s not a message we want to send to our kids is it? No Michael Jackson because he’s a rumored pedophile? (don’t avoid the point because they’re both dead… you know what I mean)…. What’s next? No Mormons? No Republicans? I’m just disappointed that E-Town is now blacklisting musicians because of their beliefs and not their artistry.

        • Sporifix

          Maybe you should spend a moment considering the difference between personal beliefs and stating offensive bigotry onstage during a performance.

    • thedamagedape

      Is Snead O’Connor that golfer guy with the shaved head?

  • john

    homosexual activists are disgusting. homosexuals demand other people accept their perverse lifestyle, so that one is either pro-homosexual or a bigot/homophobe, an either/or dynamic. this proves homosexual activists are the bigots.

    as for homophobia, there is no such thing. the word is a made up word, and there is no such phobia listed in the DSM-IV which makes the word simply a language shaming tool used to force and shame others into accepting the perversity of homosexuality.

    homosexuality is abomination

    homosexuality is immoral

    homosexuality is unnatural

    homosexuality is uncleanness

    homosexuality is perversity

    homosexuality is shameful

    • nowhereman

      It’s pretty simple, John. If you don’t like it, don’t be born homosexual. And if you weren’t born that way and have issues with it, then don’t get with a guy. Otherwise, you have NO SAY in other people’s lives so, butt out.

    • Don Keyhotay

      Your God Made Homosexuals!

      Obey your God’s will!

    • thedamagedape

      The DSM is kind of like another bible.

    • djinndjinn

      Of course, eating pork is an abomination and everything else on your list too. Why don’t you head over to the website of the National Pork Council.

    • Sporifix

      Closet getting a little claustrophobic, is it?

    • Brian Richardson


    • Brian Richardson


    • Mitchell

      Perverse lifestyle? So any same-sex couple that live just like a heterosexual couple is perverse? Guess that makes you perverse too, right along with ignorant.

  • Don Keyhotay

    I’m SHOCKED !!

  • Anonoymous Cow

    Love that! ‘Community and Inclusiveness’… as long as you agree with me.

    • Sporifix

      “Community and inclusiveness” do not require providing a forum for hatred and bigotry.

  • more ‘merican than you.

    Those calling this fascist… This could also be considered a very CAPITALIST move. E Town knows that its target demographic (Educated, Free Thinking, Open minded) don’t want to hear this type of hateful vomit. They therefore are making the business decision of not promoting such views on their stage. They have had plenty of guests talk about their christian faith, how their time in church sparked their love of music etc. They just won’t be a bully pulpit for someone like Shocked who has clearly lost her way in life. IF she wants to be anti gay, I fully support her right to do so. Doesn’t mean I have to support organizations that give her the microphone. P.S. Colorado is awesome! You’re always welcome to visit and see for yourself. Please leave your hate at the border.

  • In the know

    Freedom of speech no longer exists in Boulder, too bad, I thought freedom of speech was a wonderful progressive idea. For those not in the know, of the new political regime, never, but never say anything that could even remotely upset a gay person. You may however let loose with vitriol aimed at Christians, Jews, Republicans, women, politians, except gay politians of course. Anyway, you get the idea. Careful what you say, someone may turn out your lights!

  • Brian Richardson

    i listened to the whole recording on the Nicole Sandler show, and Michelle was supposed to be there VIA phone, its on youtube….must see, michelle is a total creepy coward. On the recording, toward the end of the show, where they took the microphone away from her and most of the people walked out and the club apologized over the loud speaker, michelle then says “pass the hat” in which she started asking those left in the audience for money!!!! really, WTF……michelle, you’re a loser!

  • Mitchell

    The only thing I don’t like is when someone is anti-gay immediately people want to silence them for not accepting another person’s opinion. I’m gay, I don’t give two fucks if someone is anti-gay or wants to rant and do you know why? Because just as it’s my right to voice my opinion it’s also theirs. Being silent on either end of the subject is what halts progress.

  • revrocky210

    [Go Michelle, you will just love this short-short that I discovered on the web!]

    USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans

    Is there a connection between beautiful New England and entire American cities turned into smoking rubble? There is.

    Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a “sin” city (San
    Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.

    Oddly it’s been the place where America started that’s wanted to be the
    first place to help bring about the end of America and its values! It’s
    been a Nor’easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill the end time “days
    of Lot” predicted in Luke 17) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in
    New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay
    Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God
    dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land
    of the Great Awakening to God’s Future Shakening that will make the
    Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
    same Nor’easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington
    State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to
    celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks
    can share in lava-land!
    The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to
    the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten
    because of same-sexism – including American cities – a scenario I’ll
    have to accept since I can’t create my own universe and decree rules for
    I’ve just been analyzing the world’s terminal “religion”
    that has its “god,” its accessories, its “rites,” and even a flag. It’s
    an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight
    for – and even die for!
    Want more facts? Google “God to
    Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Government-Approved Illegals,” and “The
    Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”