Evanston Club Cancels Michelle Shocked Show Over Anti-Gay Rant

Evanston's SPACE says "this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on."

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Club Cancels Michelle Shocked Show Over Anti-Gay Rant

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Michelle Shocked performs on stage during day five of the Bluesfest Music Festival at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on April 25, 2011 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Evanston club SPACE has canceled a May performance because of a singer's anti-gay rant at a recent show in San Francisco.

The suburban club confirmed on its Facebook page that Michelle Shocked’s May 5 show was nixed because of remarks made over the weekend.

“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 message reads. The club said it plans to offer refunds to those who purchased tickets.

Michelle Shocked reportedly told an audience Sunday during her show at San Francisco club Yoshi’s that gay marriage "will be the downfall of civilization." She also allegedly said, "You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates [anti-gay slur].'"

Social media erupted over the comment, and SPACE apparently isn't the only one to take action.

Boulder, Colo., radio show eTown also announced it canceled her May show.

"In light of recent developments, eTown must cancel the upcoming concert," the group wrote on Facebook. "From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do. ... We are deeply saddened by today's news, and are pulling the plug on this event."

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