Courageous banjoist leaves Mumford & Sons to avoid self-censorship
Guitarist and banjoist Winston Marshall this week released a harrowing and powerful statement explaining that he is leaving the band Mumford & Sons so that he does not have to censor himself.
The musician got into trouble in March for tweeting his support for American journalist Andy Ngo’s book Unmasked, which criticizes the violence and agitation of the far left. Less than 24 hours after praising Ngo for being “a brave man,” Marshall’s tweet was all the rage, and he was accused of having far-right sympathies.
He vehemently denied, saying he was somewhere between a liberal and a centrist, and also pointed out that 13 of his family were killed in the Holocaust, so calling him a fascist, as some had done, was ridiculous. beyond belief.
His decision to step down was taken so that he could “say what he thinks without suffering the consequences.” Quoting Churchill and the essay by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Don’t live by liesMarshall said it would eat into his conscience to continue to censor himself.
Marshall’s father is hedge fund millionaire Sir Paul Marshall, who is an investor in the equally ridiculous GB News channel, by some critics, for being too right-wing.
The guitarist cited the pressure and abuse his bandmates received following his initial tweet as one of the main reasons for his departure. Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane formed the group with Marshall in 2007.
Marshall wrote that it hadn’t been an easy decision and detailed fond memories of the band’s touring and success over the years. However, he concluded that leaving was “the only way forward”, and he plans to continue writing and speaking on a variety of issues, “however difficult they may be”. Good for him.