Michelle Shocked Shows Up to Cancelled Santa Cruz Gig, Plays Sadly on Doorstep
Michelle Shocked showed up in Santa Cruz to play Moe's Alley last night -- dressed all in white (maybe as a condom?) with a number of cryptic sayings written on her front and back. And since her gig had been cancelled in the wake of the homophobic rant she went on in San Francisco more than a week ago, Shocked simply sat outside the club, playing her guitar.
Shocked you will remember, told a Yoshi's crowd on March 17 that "God hates fags" -- words that promptly echoed throughout Twitter and resulted in the cancellation of nearly all of the gigs on her current tour. As our guest writer Lori Selke pointed out, it was just one more bizarre episode of self-destruction and in Shocked's wholly confusing career.
Here's the AP account of her doorstep gig last night:
The tape across her mouth said "Silenced By Fear." When asked a question, Shocked shook her head vigorously and strummed her guitar while seated on the ground outside popular music venue Moe's Alley. She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a Sharpie marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing.
The back of Shocked's hazmat suit/condom costume, it should be noted, read, "Gimme Wet Not Spit." Of which, well, we invite your interpretation.
Shocked had tweeted earlier in the day that she'd be coming despite the cancellation:
But what a weird endeavor still. Is she trying to conjure up pity? Or simply trying to confound us even further?