Really shameful when someone whose music has its foundations in gay culture turns out to be a bigoted prick. Waiting for the “free speech brigade” to start making him their cause celebre and claim his right to free speech is being curtailed by the “Internet mob”.
The Lithuanian producer has lost his slot at two major festivals.
Creamfields, PITCH festival, Sónar and Austria’s Urban Art Forms have removed Ten Walls from their line-ups over a homophobic rant he posted online last week.
The organisers of Amsterdam’s PITCH wrote on Facebook: “In light of recent comments made by Ten Walls on his Facebook regarding homosexuality, we have decided to cancel Ten Walls’ show at PITCH festival. We want to make very clear that PITCH is a festival for everyone, and we are against any form of discrimination whatsoever, on and off our festivalsite. Comments like these are so far from our beliefs that it wouldn’t make any sense to have this act playing our festival.”
UK festival Creamfields also decided to cancel Marijus Adomaitis’ appearance. “Whilst we respect freedom of speech, we find his defamatory and prejudiced comments about the gay community extremely offensive and feel that this is not in line with the spirit of Creamfields or an opinion that we support,” the festival said in a statement.