San Francisco Newspaper Publisher Calls Off Michelle Shocked Show Amid Controversy
Vogt, who also owns the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian, released the following statement to the press today:
I am officially canceling the plan to have Michelle Shocked come to San Francisco and perform a free concert and apologize for her recent anti-gay comments. I had hoped that her concert and apology would have held the performer accountable and shine a light on hatred and bigotry, but, unfortunately, it has not. Having Ms. Shocked stand in front of a San Francisco audience and perform her music was intended to help heal, but has only further angered and offended the community.
I sincerely apologize to all.
Vogt had announced via Twitter plans to bring Shocked back to San Francisco to perform a free concert, and make amends with the community after she spouted anti-gay remarks during her show at Yoshi's earlier this year. At some point, the club managers cut her mic and booted her off stage.
Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner Todd Vogt
And thus began the downfall of Michelle Shocked. Soon after, venues across the country began canceling the folk-singer's performances.
Vogt explained in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter, the gay newspaper of which Vogt is in the process of becoming part-owner, that he was "sick" over what happened and that his intentions to have her come to San Francisco have been misrepresented and misreported.
Vogt tweeted earlier today:
I deserve all the anger & outrage be directed solely at me. I am sorry. Intended this to be healing but only caused more grief. My apologies— Todd Vogt (@sfExaminerPrez) June 19, 2013