Winston Marshall Quits Mumford And Sons After Twitter Controversy
Winston Marshall has made the decision to quit the band Mumford & Sons following an “unintentional Twitter storm”.
The 33-year-old banjoist and guitarist made the “difficult decision” to leave the band after receiving criticism from angry Twitter users.
In March, Marshall tweeted to his followers about Andy Ngo‘s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy. The tweet, now deleted, called Ngo a “brave man” and that the book is “important”.
Critics have claimed that the book exposes “violent extremist movement” and that it inflates the size and threat of the antifa movement.
“Why I’m Leaving Mumford & Sons” by Winston Marshallhttps://t.co/JUraN3IDr3
— Winston Marshall (@MrWinMarshall) June 24, 2021
Winston has since posted on his blog that his tweet was “innocuous”. He also notes that he “failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right”.
“I condemn unequivocally all political extremism, be it of the Right or Left” he adds.
On leaving the band, which formed in 2007, he writes: “The only way forward for me is to leave the band. I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences”
“I leave with love in my heart and I wish those three boys nothing but the best.”
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