Ten Walls makes homophobic rant; festivals cancel scheduled appearances

08.06.15

Ten Walls, producer of UK hit Walking With Elephants and one of the most in-demand performers on the club scene right now, has apologised after making a long homophobic rant on Facebook, which included likening homosexuality to paedophilia and calling gay people a "different breed".

In a post on Facebook (since deleted, obvs) brought up by Gay Star News, he wrote that "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."

The Lithuanian musician went on to say in "the good 90s… these people of different breed where fixed".

He went on, "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."

Ten Walls – real name Marijus Adomaitis, who has also produced under the alias Mario Basanov – later apologised, saying "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."

Earlier today, Fort Romeau announced that he will not perform a previously-scheduled support slot at Ten Walls' forthcoming show at Koko in London later this year.

"I was due to support Ten Walls at Koko, London in November, in light of recent comments made by him on Facebook I have decided to cancel. Its easy to romanticise electronic music culture and imagine it as a bastion of social liberalism and progressive ideology but the reality is that it simply reflects the larger social context where homophobia and (particularly) sexism are normalised and worse, codified into law… While cancelling one gig is hardly going to change the world, it does stand as a personal rejection of bigotry, fear and intolerance."

UPDATE: Festivals including Creamfields, Sonar, and Pitch have all cancelled forthcoming appearances by Ten Walls. We expect more cancellations to follow.