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Michelle Shocked Attempts to Explain Anti-Gay Rant: "I Admit I Made a Mistake"

You would think that by now, Michelle Shocked knows how to choose her words. 

In an attempt to clear her name after stirring up controversy from an anti-gay rant she gave during a concert in San Francisco, the folk singer appeared on Piers Morgan Live for her first national interview since the incident to give her side of the story. 

But it didn't really help her cause.

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"I admit I made a mistake, Piers," she began, which was a good start. And this happened...

"If I had the chance to go back and do it again, I don't think I would've taken the audience up on their choice. I had presented an entire performance and I framed it as truth and then I came back out for an encore and they requested reality, and what has consequently taken place ever since then is my manifestation of how little I think of reality."

Shocked continued, "I know that its a stock and trade for a lot of the media to just present things like that's how it really is, but I don't think the audience was ready for the consequences of that and I surely have not been happy with it."

Um, what? Where's that duct tape when you need it?

Michelle Shocked responds to backlash on Twitter

The singer got into hot water after she told the crowd in March, "Once Prop 8 gets instated 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."

"You said you wanted reality," she continued. "If someone would be so gracious as to tweet out that Michelle Shocked just said from stage, ‘God hates f----ts.' Would you do it now?"

Afterward, Shocked's touring schedule was greatly reduced with multiple venues canceling her shows. "Many of you have reached out already following an ugly rant given by Michelle Shocked at her show in San Francisco last night," read a statement from the venue Evanston SPACE.

"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 May 5th performance at SPACE has been cancelled and refunds will be issued at point of purchase."

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