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Festivals drop Ten Walls over homophobic comments

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DJ producer Ten Walls has been dropped from a number of festivals after posting homophobic comments on Facebook.

The Walking with Elephants star compared gay people to paedophiles in a post that's now been removed.

He also described the LGBTI community as a "different breed".

Creamfields, Pitch festival, Sonar and Urban Art Forms have now taken the DJ off their line-ups.

Electronic artist Fort Romeau has also cancelled his slot supporting Ten Walls at Koko in London in November.

The Lithuanian musician, whose real name is Marijus Adomaitis, has deleted the rant from his personal account and apologised.

According to Gay Star News, he originally posted: "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".

He added: "One of my first gigs in Ireland, on my way to hotel I saw a church with a fence decorated with hundreds of baby shoes.

"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."

He later said: "I'm 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".

Creamfields has said: "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".

Barcelona's Sonar festival called the comments "at odds with the nature and ethos" of the event.

Fort Romeau added: "While cancelling one gig is hardly going to change the world, it does stand as a personal rejection of bigotry, fear and intolerance".

Ten Walls' management says it's also decided along with Pukkelpop organisers to cancel his performance at the Belgian festival.

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