Michelle Shocked releases statements of apology following anti-gay rant

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Michelle Shocked is expressing her apologizes following a significant amount of backlash from anti-gay statements made at a concert in San Francisco.

As we previously reported, Shocked took to the stage at Yoshi’s saying, “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," and "You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates (anti-gay slur).' "

During her rant her microphone was pulled, refunds were issues and venues where Shocked was slated to perform have since canceled on her.

Now Starpulse reports that the folk-singer has released a statement where she attempts to clarify her actions.

"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...,” she begins. “When I said 'Twitter that Michelle Shocked says God hates f**gots,' I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted...”

Continuing she adds, "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... I'd like to say this was a publicity stunt, but I'm really not that clever, and I'm definitely not that cynical.”

Shocked claims that she was misinterpreted and apologizes, saying she is “damn sorry.” She adds, “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 am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of any so-called faith preaching intolerance of anyone."

Shocked's future performances remain canceled and the petition seeks that she be charged for hate speech.

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