Festival say they take 'a zero tolerance policy when it comes to hate of any kind'
Creamfields festival have removed DJ Ten Walls from their line-up following his homophobic outburst online.
The producer allegedly posted a lengthy outburst on his Facebook wall last week. The post has since been deleted.
In an official statement posted by Creamfields today (June 8), organisers confirm they take “a zero tolerance policy when it comes to hate of any kind” and have removed Ten Walls from the line-up.
Following his post, Ten Walls has apologised and claims he “needs a break” from music, before cancelling all upcoming shows. Creamfields responded: “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.
“Creamfields is celebrated for being a festival that welcomes all and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to hate of any kind. Everyone who attends our shows should feel welcome and safe. Comments like this, coming from one of the artists, contradicts our festival ethos.”
As reported by FACT, the original post by Ten Walls reads: “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.”
Gay Star News went on to report that the Lithuanian producer continued, “the good 90s… these people of different breed where fixed”.
“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.”
After removing the post from his wall, Ten Walls issued an apology. It read: “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. I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.”
Various artists have reacted to his original statement. Glaswegian producer JD Twitch posted a photograph of a smashed Ten Walls record to Twitter while London producer Fort Romeau, who was due to support Ten Walls at London’s Koko in November, cancelled his support slot. He wrote on his own Facebook wall: “While cancelling one gig is hardly going to change the world, it does stand as a personal rejection of bigotry, fear and intolerance.” See their posts below.