Michelle Shocked Stages Strange Sit-In At Canceled Show Venue

After nearly all of her concerts were canceled due to an anti-gay slur she made earlier this month, folk singer Michelle Shocked held a very bizarre sit-in in Santa Cruz, California.

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The alt-folk singer went on a homophobic tirade earlier this month which prompted mass cancellations of her U.S. tour. She came out with a statement explaining she was indeed misunderstood, and her words were taken out of context. In an open letter to fans she wrote, “I’m very sorry: I don’t always express myself as clearly as I should.”

With most of her future shows cancelled, she took action by staging a strange sit-in at one of her cancelled venues, Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. The The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the tape across her mouth said “Silenced By Fear.” When asked a question, Shocked shook her head vigorously and strummed her guitar…She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a Sharpie marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing. Moe’s Alley owner Bill Welch had replaced her with bands Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors.

3. Earlier in the day, she had tweeted her plans:

Moe’s in S Cruz tonight ok? Its an art project ‘My Summer Vacation’ I want your autograph. Bring Sharpie. #truthvsreality #shortsharpshocked— Michelle Shocked

4. She really loves those glasses.

5. Some messages she received:

7. Some footage of the sit-in:


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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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