Ten Walls hasn’t had the busy summer he expected since making his homophobic remarks back in June, and evidence reveals that he’s starting to hurt for attention again. In a recent email to DJ Mag, Ten Walls offered up an extensive apology recognizing the fact that he “offended a lot of people, was the cause of horrible debates, wrecked both [his] and the confidence of others and ruined the plans for many people [he] was working with.” Despite his efforts to reestablish connections with the media and fans, many are not convinced with the apology, and aren’t so quick to give him a second chance.
In response to the updated Ten Walls apology, DJ Mag Editor, Carl Loben, stated that, “while it is good that Ten Walls has apologized for his ignorant homophobic comments and seems to be showing remorse, this will not be enough for some.” Loben isn’t the only one to think so – one look at the Resident Advisor comments of the Ten Walls news and it’s flooded with backlash from the community.
Electronic apologies are often seen as pseudo-apologies in an effort to regain support, and in this case it seems to simply serve as a reminder of his previous actions and derogatory statements. It’s apparently going to take more than an e-apology from Ten Walls to make amends with the dance and LGBT community. See below for the full email apology that Ten Walls sent to DJ Mag:
“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.
Marijus / Ten Walls”
[Source: DJ Mag]