Banjo Player Winston Marshall Leaving Mumford & Sons Soon
Fans widely have been panicked after they learned the banjo player and lead guitarist, Winston Marshall, is leaving Mumford & Sons soon, the Grammy-winning British band!
Actually, they have a good reason to be worried. Winston Marshall, the star from folk-rock group Mumford & Sons announced today, March 10, he is ‘taking time away from the band’ to ‘examine my blindspots’ after a Twitter pile-on for supporting a controversial right-wing writer.
He took on his Twitter account on Tuesday night to say: “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.”
He continued: “As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. For now, please know that I realize how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behavior. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention.”
Winston Marshall Leaves Mumford & Sons After Praising Andy Ngo’s Book
But why exactly Winston Marshall, the son of Brexit-supporting millionaire Sir Paul Marshall, decides to leave Mumford & Son’s bans? What happened after he congratulated a book by right-wing provocateur Andy Ngo?
The controversial story kicked off when Marshall, in a now-deleted tweet, praised US journalist Andy Ngo over the weekend on the publication of his book ‘Unmasked’, which promises to take the reader “inside ANTIFA’s radical plan to destroy democracy.”
He called the writer a ‘brave man’ and hailing his ‘important’ book; Then he immediately endured a social media backlash!
A source believes that Marshall’s right-wing views led to tensions in the band recently and that the decision was made to let him go in order to protect the band’s ‘image’ in the left-leaning world of folk music.
Finally this morning, Marshall said he was leaving the group after above 14 years; ‘Never appease the hate mob, you should have stood by your words’.
Reactions to Winston Marshall’s Desicion
Mumford and his other bandmates haven’t made any public comment on Marshall’s tweets at this time.
Full text of Marshall’s apology reads: “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 time away from the band to examine my blindspots.”
He added, “For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour. I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.”
Fans’ reaction were so mixed.