SPACE cancels Michelle Shocked show following anti-gay remarks
Following singer Michelle Shocked’s recent anti-gay remarks, Evanston’s SPACE has called off her folk-rock show slated for May. Announcing the news online and via its Facebook page, the venue told fans that it could no longer endorse the singer. “After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it's clear that this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on,” the post read. Ticketholders will receive refunds.
According to reports, fans at Shocked's Sunday show in San Fran first thought she was joking when she began her anti-gay tirade, saying gay marriage would end civilization and shouting slurs. After it became clear she was in earnest, the crowd up and left.
SPACE's page followers met the news with kudos, bravos and one “Later, hater”—unsurprising reactions from citizens whose Senate just passed marriage equality on Valentine’s Day. However, widespread outrage at Shocked's statements reveals a changing wind affecting more than just Chicagoans. A recent Washington Post–ABC News poll shows a large majority (58%) of Americans now think same-sex marriage should be legal, while 62% believe people are born gay.