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Singer Michelle Shocked sits in at canceled show

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Her show had been cancelled, but that didn't stop alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked from showing up at a Santa Cruz nightclub where she staged a sit-in with tape across her mouth that read "Silenced By Fear."

Moe's Alley was one of several nightclubs that cancelled Shocked's gigs after she made what were considered anti-gay comments during a rambling outburst at a show earlier this month.

On Thursday evening, Moe's Alley owner Bill Welch had replaced her with two local bands that support gay rights, Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors.

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"We will not be bashing Michelle Shocked," he said. "Rather, we will celebrate music, diversity and send some healing Santa Cruz energy her way."

Sitting on the ground outside the venue and strumming her guitar, Shocked was largely ignored and refused to speak. She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a Sharpie marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing.

Earlier this week in an email to The Associated Press and other media, Shocked apologized and said her comments during the San Francisco show were misinterpreted.

"Of course the fault for that is completely my own, and I cannot and do not blame anyone for defending the gay community," she wrote.

On Thursday night, she posted signs that read "Does speech scare you that much?" and on her back she had scrawled "Gimme Wit, Not Spit."

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39Comments
Mar 29, 2013 9:03PM
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She should always wear tape over her mouth due to the fact her music effin sucks!!!!!!
Mar 29, 2013 11:20AM
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Last time I checked no one's freedom of speech is being infringed upon.  She can say whatever she wants.  Businesses also have the right not to employ her services if they object to her message.  She can sit on any street corner and spout her ignorance and stupidity to anyone passing by.

So many people want to claim their rights are being infringed upon and they have no idea what their rights are.
Mar 29, 2013 10:42AM
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Appearently freedom of speech no longer exists

 

Mar 29, 2013 10:41AM
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She looks and sounds like a real bee-yawtch.

Mar 29, 2013 10:41AM
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Appearently freedom of speech no longer exists.
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