The Lithuanian musician who scored a UK hit with Walking with Elephants has had to apologize for an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page.
Marijus Adomaitis, known as Ten Walls, is one of the most internationally famous Lithuanian musicians. His piece Walking with Elephants was a UK singles and dance charts hit last summer and has had over 4million YouTube views.
But yesterday (3 June) a rant about gay people appeared on his personal Facebook page in which LGBTIs were referred to as ‘people of different breed [sic]’.
The post stated: ‘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.’
He goes on to say in ‘the good 90s… these people of different breed where fixed’.
And the post likened homosexuality to pedophile abuse by Catholic priests.
‘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.’
Adomaitis later removed his remarks and said sorry.
He said: ‘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.’
Openly gay Lithuanian filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas said the incident had ‘really shocked’ a lot of Ten Walls fans.
He told Gay Star News: ‘I am happy he apologized but it doesn’t explain what happened and he doesn’t explain what he really thinks about LGBT people.
‘In Lithuania we are now considering same-sex marriage and partnership so we need support from famous people.’