Today, the national LGBT* organization LGL expresses its grave concern regarding a post that was published on the “Facebook” page of “Walking with Elephants” star on the 3d of June, 2015. The Lithuanian musician who scored a UK hit with “Walking with Elephants” has had to apologize for an anti-gay rant.
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 4 million “YouTube” views.
But on the 3d of June, 2015 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.’
Mr. Adomaitis later removed his remarks and said sorry, saying that the post caused a “misunderstanding”. 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.’
The national LGBT* rights organization LGL reminds that online comments inciting hatred on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, language, social status, religion, beliefs or opinions, are punishable under the criminal law. LGL appreciates the apologies given by “Walking with Elephants” star but wants to remind that hate speech is a form of hate crime and if coming from a famous and established person, unfortunately tends to have a even major impact on the public opinion.