Lithuanian president comments on Ten Walls controversy
Ten Walls’ homophobic social media comments have been the center of discussion this week, leading to the artist’s dismissal from a number of upcoming festivals including Creamfields, HARD Summer and Mysteryland NL. It could even be argued that Marijus Adomaitis’ career is officially destroyed, what with the outpour of critical comments, messages and tweets from electronic music fans and industry leaders alike.
In the wake of Ten Walls’ controversial statements, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has emerged to offer her two cents on the matter.
Speaking to journalists in Vilnius, she said:
“I believe the incident benefits the state in a way that, in this country, we are becoming more and more open in our discussions about how insular we are, our intolerance of people who are different, as well as homophobia. I believe discussions are a healthy thing, we need more of them, as the sooner Lithuania becomes more open and more tolerant, the better it will be for the country.”
President Grybauskaitė provides an interesting take on the matter. Could Ten Walls’ misguided comments have sparked a much-needed discussion pertaining to the importance of equality and acceptance in Lithuania?
Her response further raises the question: will Marijus Adomaitis ever be forgiven?