Evanston SPACE nixes folk singer’s show over anti-gay rant

Daily file photo by Brennan Anderson

A 2011 Battle of the Bands event at Evanston SPACE. The venue recently canceled a May 5 show featuring Michelle Shocked after the folk singer went on an anti-gay tirade at a show in San Francisco.

Patrick Svitek, Managing Editor

Evanston SPACE has canceled a May 5 show featuring folk singer Michelle Shocked after she reportedly launched into an anti-gay tirade onstage Sunday night in San Francisco.

“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,” SPACE said yesterday evening in a Facebook post.

During her second set at Yoshi’s nightclub in San Francisco, Shocked said overturning Proposition 8 — California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage — would be the “downfall of civilization,” the Daily News reported tonight.

“God hates f–s and you can tweet that I said so,” Shocked told audience members, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The stunned crowd took her advice, flooding Twitter with firsthand accounts of the anti-gay speech. One man who said he was planning to live tweet the show compared it to a “hostage situation.”

SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., is one of at least nine venues that have scrapped upcoming gigs with Shocked, according to an Australian blogger tracking the cancellations. As of 11 p.m. yesterday, more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition asking the remaining venues to call off their Shocked concerts.

Tickets to the May 5 performance will be refunded wherever they were bought, according to SPACE.

— Patrick Svitek

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