How to capitalise on your top 10 UK single, by DJ Ten Walls: release a new single, book some festival slots and a tour, do a front cover feature for DJ mag and then liken homosexuality to paedophilia on Facebook. Wait. What?
The Lithuanian DJ, whose single "Walking with Elephants" reached number six in the UK charts, was set to play Creamfields, PITCH, Urban Art Forms Festival and Sónar festivals this summer. Instead, festival organisers have rallied against him for posting an absolutely disgusting anti-gay status.ha a
Ten Walls, real name Marijus Adomaitis, has since removed the post and replaced it with an apology.
According to Gay Star News, the post read: “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.
“When I asked him “what would you do if you realized that your 16-year-old son’s browny (anus) is ripped by his boyfriend?” Well he was silent.”
He goes on to liken homosexuality to paedophilia: “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. 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.”
After making the absurd comments the DJ back tracked on the comments – but only once festivals had started dropping him from their line-ups.
The apology read: “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.”
That didn't stop Twitter rallying against the Lithuanian though.
Hope Ten Walls knows his name is one letter short of being an anagram of Stonewall.— Rory Phillips (@Rory_Phillips) June 8, 2015
Ten Walls. What a total idiot. Hope there is a promoter and industry backlash. Opinions like his do not belong in society.— Waifs & Strays (@2WaifsandStrays) June 8, 2015
Ten Walls you silly man... Our scene was built on gay nights. Game over!— D.O.D (@dj_dod) June 8, 2015
Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival #sonar2015— Sonar Festival (@SonarFestival) June 8, 2015
Well, goodbye Ten Walls— Snack King Cole (@atrak) June 8, 2015
Very proud of the Internet for everyone's swift Ten Walls response. No place in the world for that kind of thinking, especially in art.— Goldroom (@goldroom) June 8, 2015
I want to extend a thanks to every promoter, festival and venue that have acted swiftly in dropping Ten Walls from their line-ups.— Carey (@CareyHadgraft) June 8, 2015
who's ten walls?— Arca (@arca1000000) June 8, 2015
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