Over the past few months, Lithuanian producer Ten Walls has quickly proven himself as one of the fastest rising stars stemming from the European dance scene. "Walking With Elephants" became a major hit, and his name was beginning to spread rapidly across the globe. This summer was poised to be his breakout, the year where he became an internationally recognized name with huge festival bookings.
That all changed when a story broke out on Gay Star News recently, then appearing on Resident Advisor and now spreading across the blog world like rapid fire. The dance community was built from the beginning on gay culture, and there's a major difference between a small slip up and forcibly offending millions of people. You can read the comments from his personal page below.
Marijus Adomitis (Ten Walls): "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 then states in "The good 90s… these people of different breed where fixed." The post then compared homosexuality to pedophile abuse by Catholic priests. He writes "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."
The backlash continues to grow, with Creamfields, PITCH, Pukkelpop, Urban Art Forms Festival Sónar, and more already dropping him. He has canceled all upcoming shows and festival appearances due to this, with artists and fans calling him out for his unnecessary and out of line comments on social media (read below).
From Creamfields: "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."
From Pitch: "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."
From Sónar: "Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival."
He apologized soon after, stating "I want to apologize 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."
Today on his official Facebook he wrote: "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."