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Audio Recording of Controversial Michelle Shocked Performance Released :: Paste

Since this has been getting so much attention locally, I thought I’d post the link to Paste’s audio recording here. My transcription of the very clear audio:

"I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you gotta appreciate how scared folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point, and I really shouldn’t say their, because it’s mine too, we are nearly at the end of time, and from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method…. once Prop 8 gets instated (sic), and once preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals… I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back. [Gasps from crowd.] You said you wanted truth, if someone would be so gracious to please Tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked said from stage, God hates faggots,’ would you do it now? [Crowd: You can have your show, Michelle.] They’re confounded, Matt, you might need to come back up here. I ain’t scared. I ain’t scared. This is not a tribunal. This is one woman’s opinion, and it’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. I am so committed to loving each and every soul in this room tonight, that I could not come here and ignore you. I could not come here and pretend that I was above the conversation. I couldn’t pretend that I was beneath it, either, I had to join it. Thank you for that one handclap. [Ed: She starts telling an unrelated story] [Crowd: I hope you get wise Michelle and realize that there’s nothing to fear — everyone is deserving, from whoever your god is, of love.] Can I respond to that, off the microphone? I am SICK of CHRISTIANS FILLED WITH HYPOCRISY HIDING FROM BEHIND THE SYMBOL OF A CROSS! [Ed: This is like crazy yelling now] I believe that the word of god is just what it says it is — the truth. I’m just saying one thing, just one thing: [She them angrily spits out several sentences in spanish — can someone translate?]."

Starts about 5 minutes in. After that rant, she launches into the next song, and you can hear people asking things like, “What was that you said? Were you being homophobic?” And she ignores them. Then you can hear people walking out.

At the very end of the Paste audio clip, she has the audacity to “pass the hat” because she “didn’t ask for a deposit” from Yoshi’s, and at least seems to have the self-awareness to realize she ain’t getting paid for that nonsense.

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