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Ten Walls goes on homophobic rant, likens gay sex to pedophilia

on June 08, 2015, 10:35am

Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis, aka Ten Walls, has been dropped from two upcoming music festivals and drawn criticism from the LGBT community after posting a homophobic rant on his Facebook page. As the Guardian notes, the message, which has since been deleted, compared gay people to pedophiles.

“I remember producing music for one Lithuanian musician, who tried to wash my brain that I don’t need to be so conservative and intolerant about them,” wrote the musician, who rose to prominence in the UK last year with his song “Walking with Elephants”. “When I asked him ‘what would you do if you realised that your 16-year-old son’s browny (anus) is ripped by his boyfriend?’ Well he was silent.”

Ten Walls also added “the good 90s … these people of different breed where [sic] fixed.” It was his final comments, however, that were especially offensive, as he likened gay sex to pedophiliac abuse by Catholic priests.

“One of my first gigs in Ireland, on my way to [my] hotel I saw a church with a fence decorated with hundreds of baby shoes,” he said. “Naturally I wondered why? Unfortunately a priest’s lie for many years was uncovered when children were massively raped. Unfortunately the people of other breed continue to do it and everyone knows it but does nothing.”

Among the festivals that have taken Ten Walls off their bills: Sónar, Creamfields, PITCH, and Austria’s Urban Art Forms.

“Whilst we respect freedom of speech, we find his defamatory and prejudiced comments about the gay community extremely offensive and feel that this is not in line with the spirit of Creamfields or an opinion that we support,” the British EDM festival said in a statement.

Organizers for PITCH have spoken up as well, saying: “In light of recent comments made by Ten Walls on his Facebook regarding homosexuality, we have decided to cancel Ten Walls’ show at PITCH festival. We want to make very clear that PITCH is a festival for everyone, and we are against any form of discrimination whatsoever, on and off our festival site. Comments like these are so far from our beliefs that it wouldn’t make any sense to have this act playing our festival.”

Ten Walls issued a short apology not long after his rant made its rounds. “I want to apologise for the former post in my account. I am really sorry about its insulting content which does not reflect my true opinion. I hope this misunderstanding will not provoke any more thoughts and opinions. Peace.”

This morning, he posted yet another apology on Facebook, as well as announced that he would be “taking a break” from music.

Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable. It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans.

I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.

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