Ten Walls entschuldigt sich nochmals für homophobe Äußerungen


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Der litauische Musiker Ten Walls hat sich per DJ Mag nochmals für seine homophoben Äüßerungen, die er vor einigen Monaten auf Facebook getätigt hatte, entschuldigt. In einem offenen Brief von Marijus Adomaitis, so sein bürgerlicher Name, an das britische Magazin heisst es, dass er hoffe, „irgendwann noch einmal für seine Musik akzeptiert wird“. „Was ich getan habe, tut mir leid. Es tut mir leid, dass ich mich selber habe hängen lassen. Ich hoffe, dass ihr mir verzeihen könnt“, so der Litauer. Immer wieder habe er Reue für seine Bemerkungen, in denen er Homosexuelle als „andere Rasse“ bezeichnete und Homosexualität mit Missbrauch durch katholische Priester verglich, verspührt. Nachdem er auf gewaltige Kritik stieß, wurden alle seine Gigs abgesagt. Nun verspricht Adomaitis, dass er sich in seinem Heimatland für mehr Aufklärung einsetzen will.

Seine Erklärung im Wortlaut:

I’m Marijus Adomaitis aka Ten Walls. Earlier this year I posted comments on my Facebook page, that I deeply regret. My post was linked to homophobia and was very offensive. I am ashamed to have hurt so many people: my family, my country, my colleagues, my friends, the Global LGBT community and many others. Since then I have taken time out to reflect on what I did and work out a way of apologizing that expresses how sorry I am.

I am saddened by my own behavior and the impact of my actions on others. 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. 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. I have always respected everyone.

My post made no sense, even to me. I’m a musician. My music is for everyone in this world. I always try to unite people to promote respect, equality and tolerance, love and peace. It is my priority as a music maker, in music there is no space for discrimination. It is my intention to do something in my home country of Lithuania, to support LGBT groups and educate others on acceptance and tolerance. I am now part of a group of people who have created an electronic opera ‘Carmen’ with a strong message of this. 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.

I am sorry for what I have done. I am sorry I let myself down. I hope you can forgive me and that one day through my actions and future behaviour, I will once again be accepted for my music.
Artist: Ten Walls

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