“The sooner Lithuania becomes more open and more tolerant, the better it will be for the country.”

Earlier this week Lithuanian producer Ten Walls, best known for his 2014 hit ‘Walking With Elephants’, posted a homophobic statement on Facebook referring to the gay community as “another breed” and comparing homosexuality to pedophilia. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, has now spoken out on the controversy and the outcry that has occurred in its wake.

Read her statement, via the Lithuanian Tribune:

“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”.

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