The Lithuanian producer claims his homophobic rant was “completely out of character”.
Ten Walls shocked the dance community with a bizarre online rant earlier this year, comparing homosexuality to paedophilia in a Facebook post that resulted in him losing a string of bookings and retreating from the public gaze. Even the Lithuanian president waded in to condemn his comments.
Apparently needing several months to reflect on why his rant was unforgivable, the ‘Walking with Elephants’ producer has now delivered an apology and backtracked on his previously firm opinion that gay people are a “different breed” that need to be “fixed”.
In the apology – published as a DJ Mag “exclusive” and subsequently sent out to journalists by his PR – Marijus Adomaitis said he was “ashamed” and “saddened” by his own behaviour, saying he had “taken time out to reflect” on his actions.
“My post was linked to homophobia and was very offensive,” he admitted. “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.”
He added: “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.”
It goes on in this fashion for several paragraphs, with Adomaitis explaining that he is now working on an “electronic opera” with a strong anti-homophobia message. “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.”