Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shocked at Shocked

From the WTF? files, we have alt-folkie Michelle Shocked, who became somewhat of a lesbian icon, told a (wait for it!) shocked audience in San Francisco that "God hates fags."

Fuckity, fuckity, fuck fuck! Michelle was a liberal icon when she began her career. Her album Short Sharp Shocked featured a picture of Michelle being carted away from an anti-corporatist rally at the 1984 Democratic Convention. Michelle was a liberal's liberal, the sort of individual I would have expected would have become involved with the Green Party in some capacity. Hell, she still has some liberal values, she was arrested in a breakup of "Occupy L.A.", after all. Personally, I loved her songs Memories of East Texas and Anchorage (a personal fave), and I saw her open up for Billy Bragg back in my college days. Damn, I'd read that she became "born again", but I never thought she'd go full-on Westboro Baptist... never go full Westboro Baptist!

Oh, well, Shocked became a Shit... one of the few sad apples who should have taken Roger Daltrey's advice. Since I'm not going to post any of her videos (not even for Anchorage), I think I'll post a video by Billy Bragg, the guy who headlined the show I'd seen Michelle open for:

Billy's not known for his subtlety, and Sexuality kinda hits you over the head with its earnestness. Hey, how about another Billy Bragg tune? Here's Levi Stubbs' Tears, a number about the ability to cope with life's difficulties through the healing power of music:

Let's hope that Michelle comes to her senses, and decides to find her own healing in the creative process... she certainly wasn't "healed" by her religious conversion, and she's managed to hurt others with her hateful comments.


Patricia said...

This why religion sucks. Like it gives you some kind of license to hate, which is supposed to be the opposite of being a Christian. Am I missing something here? What is it about uppity religious people and their medieval bigoted attitude? Just one more reason to stay away from church. I don't want to go "full Westboro Baptist" Great line! Thanks for the Billy Bragg.

mikey said...

This is indeed the problem. The propaganda says religious mythology is about "love and peace". But that's just the propaganda, the nice wrapper on the poison.

Mythology originated as a way for primitive people to explain, and attempt to influence, the world around them. Religion arose to leverage those primitive beliefs into power and wealth. Concepts from Crusades/Holy War to Blasphemy to taboos were all created by men to use the power of fictional super-beings to control populations, capture their resources and use them to wage their wars of conquest.

The process is too obvious - it's time to stop repeating the lies...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

On the other side, it sounds like she is having some shows canceled, and a large chunk of the crowd at the SF show left when she went off-script.

Good place to leave some XTC:


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

would have become involved with the Green Party in some capacity

perhaps she preferred to have an impact.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

would have become involved with the Green Party in some capacity

Of course, after she went religious whacko, masturbation was forbidden....

Laura said...

I just don't even know what to say, really.
A lot of people, young people mostly, are out in the world, feeling badly about themselves because people like her don't know when to shut their mouths.
This is exactly why religion makes me sick to my stomach.
If God hates homosexuals so much, why doesn't he just kill them all with a thought and then the "good christians" can wave their hands and tell us all that they were right.
For fucks sakes!! When are people going to WAKE UP???

The older I get, the less patience I have for people like that.

Now you've got me all fired up again Big B. LOL


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

who should have taken Roger Daltrey's advice.

Since I'm picking fights this week, I would point out that that is actually Pete Townshend's advice.

Substance McGravitas said...

Big Hollywood appears to be celebrating it. Which I suppose makes them full Westboro Baptist.