March 20th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
Singer Michelle Shocked lived up to her name over the weekend when she went on what some perceived to be an anti-gay rant at a performance in San Francisco.
As Yahoo! Music reports, the folk-rock artist told the crowd gathered at her show on Sunday that they could "go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates f**s."
Her statements, which included remarks in opposition to gay marriage, led to most of the audience walking out of the venue, Yahoo! says.
In a statement, Shocked says her comments were misinterpreted.
"I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that," she said.
When she encouraged the audience to tweet that "Michelle Shocked says 'God hates f**s,'" Shocked said she was "predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore."
To her fans who've been disappointed by the incident, Shocked extends an apology.
"I'm very sorry: I don't always express myself as clearly as I should," she said. "But don't believe everything you read on Facebook or Twitter. My view of homosexuality has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: it was a description of how some folks – not me – feel about gay marriage.
"The show, and the rant, was spontaneous. As for those applauding my so-called stance that 'God Hates F****ts,' I say they should be met with mercy, not hate," she went on. "And I hope that what remains of my audience will meet that intolerance with understanding, even of those who might hate them."
So was it all just a publicity stunt? Shocked says she's neither that clever, nor that cynical.
"Folks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband. My sexuality is not at issue. What is being questioned is my support for the LGBT community, and that has never wavered. Music and activism have always been part of my work and my journey, which I hope and intend to continue," she said. "I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them. I say this not because I want to look better. I have no wish to hide my faults, and – clearly – I couldn't if I tried."
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