Ten Walls attempts another apology for his homophobic rant
The last time Ten Walls spoke out it became an infamous moment that he would never live down. Earlier this summer, the Lithuanian producer made the mistake of sharing his homophobic opinion on the Internet where he compared homosexual people to pedophiles and claimed that the LGBTQ community were somewhat of a “different breed.”
Following the outburst, Ten Walls’ many scheduled festival appearances were cancelled one after another, he was dropped by his booking agency, and even managed to spark commentary from the Lithuanian president. Though he attempted to apologize via his official Facebook page a week later, it fell on deaf ears as most had already swiftly condemned the artist.
Several months later, it seems Ten Walls is attempting once again to rise above his public shame in what might be his last attempt to revive his career as an electronic artist. In a longer winded update of his original apology, Ten Walls claims that though he was labeled as homophobic, he “is not and has never considered himself to be that way,” and chose to blame it on a “particularly angry and stressful time in his life.”
He continues to tumble on, explaining that his “post made no sense, even to me.” Apparently, he has gone on to join a group behind an electronic opera named Carmen that preaches the message of acceptance and tolerance.
There’s no doubt that the entire apology reeks of a last stab at damage control – and perhaps even a shameless bit of PR push for his new project – and the cherry on top? The apology was released as an “exclusive” to DJ Mag before being blasted out as a press release to media outlets.
We can’t make this stuff up. Read the entire apology below.
I’m Marijus Adomaitis aka Ten Walls. Earlier this year I posted comments on my Facebook page, that I deeply regret. My post was linked to homophobia and was very offensive. I am ashamed to have hurt so many people: my family, my country, my colleagues, my friends, the Global LGBT community and many others. Since then I have taken time out to reflect on what I did and work out a way of apologizing that expresses how sorry I am.
I am saddened by my own behavior and the impact of my actions on others. I offended a lot of people, was the cause of horrible debates, wrecked both my own and the confidence of others and ruined the plans for many people I was working with. Understandably, I was labeled homophobic and I am not and never have considered myself to be this way. I have to tell you that my action was completely out of character and done at a particularly angry and stressful time in my life. This is not an excuse, but I would like you to know that the content of my post is not a true reflection of my feelings. For many years I have been happily working and collaborating with people from different cultures, religious and sexual attitudes. I have always respected everyone.
My post made no sense, even to me. I’m a musician. My music is for everyone in this world. I always try to unite people to promote respect, equality and tolerance, love and peace. It is my priority as a music maker, in music there is no space for discrimination. It is my intention to do something in my home country of Lithuania, to support LGBT groups and educate others on acceptance and tolerance. I am now part of a group of people who have created an electronic opera ‘Carmen’ with a strong message of this. I hope my involvement in this project will be the first step to educating others in my home country that homophobia is simply not acceptable and that everyone should be free to live the life they choose.
I am sorry for what I have done. I am sorry I let myself down. I hope you can forgive me and that one day through my actions and future behaviour, I will once again be accepted for my music.
Marijus / Ten Walls
Via: Fact Mag