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Axed singer Michelle makes silent protest after anti-gay rant

Her show had been cancelled, but that didn't stop singer Michelle Shocked from showing up at a nightclub where she staged a sit-in with tape across her mouth that read 'Silenced By Fear'.

Moe's Alley, in Santa Cruz, California, was one of several nightclubs that cancelled Shocked's gigs after she made what were considered anti-gay comments during a rambling outburst at a show earlier this month.

Moe's Alley owner Bill Welch had replaced her with two local bands that support gay rights, Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors.

"We will not be bashing Michelle Shocked," he said. "Rather, we will celebrate music, diversity and send some healing Santa Cruz energy her way."



Sitting on the ground outside the venue Shocked was largely ignored and refused to speak.

She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing.

Earlier this week Shocked apologised and said her comments were misinterpreted.

"Of course the fault for that is completely my own, and I cannot and do not blame anyone for defending the gay community," she wrote.

On Thursday night, she posted signs that read "Does speech scare you that much?" and on her back she had scrawled "Gimme Wit, Not Spit."