Up-and-coming Lithuanian DJ Ten Walls has been ditched from the line-up of several UK festivals after he compared homosexuality to paedophilia in a Facebook post.
Ten Walls, whose real name is Marijus Adomaitis, had been making an impact on the UK dance scene with his single 'Walking with Elephants' reaching number six in the UK charts, and festival slots at Creamfields and Sonar among others.
However, he has faced huge backlash for his comments, which he has since deleted and posted an apology instead.
His original post, according to Gay Star News, read, “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.”
Ten Walls then proceeded to compare homosexuality to Irish paedophile 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.”
The comments have resulted in Ten Walls being dropped from several festivals, including Sonar, with the organisers tweeting from their official account, "Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival #sonar2015".
The DJ also faced backlash from music fans on Twitter. He has since posted this apology:
“Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable.
"It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans.”