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Mumford & Sons co-founder Winston Marshall has announced that he is leaving the award-winning band to “speak freely” about political issues, the Associated Press reported Thursday. What’s a brief history here?
Marshall initially took a hiatus from the band in March after critics slammed him for his congratulating journalist Andy Ngo on his recently released book, “Unmasked,” which he called “courageous.”
The book, according to Ngo, intended to take the reader “inside ANTIFA’s radical plan to destroy democracy.”
In his initial announcement, Marshall tweeted, “Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. As a result of my actions I am taking some time away from the band to examine my blindspots.
“For now,” he concluded, “please know that I realize how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approval of hateful, divisive behavior. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention.”
In 2018, the band also faced criticism after having invited author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson to visit their London-based studios. A photo of Peterson and the band quickly went viral, sparking anger across the social media landscape.
Following the controversy, Marshall responded, “I don’t think that having a photograph with someone means you agree with everything they say. Primarily I’m interested in his psychological stuff, which I find very interesting.” What’s happening now?
In a Thursday blog post on Medium titled ” Why I’m Leaving Mumford & Sons ,” Marshall wrote, “At the beginning of March I tweeted to American journalist Andy Ngo, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Unmasked. ‘Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.’ Posting about books had been a theme of my social-media throughout the pandemic. I believed this tweet to be as innocuous as the others. How wrong I turned out to be.”
Marshall added that his remarks were met with a flurry of hostilities.”I failed […]
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