OK, who had this one on their 2021 bingo card? Nestled in-between murder hornets, Ted Cruz’s mullet, and Jared Leto’s sudden Oscar hype, there should be a box labeled ‘Nazi Banjo Player.’ Yes, it’s highly specific, but think about what world we’ve been living in for the past few years. The limit does not exist.
Said banjo player is Winston Marshall, member of the folk-rock band Mumford & Sons. For those who have been paying attention, they’ll know that this band, on top of its musical crimes, has some questionable politics. Several members sucked up to Jordan Peterson for a while. Now, Marshall is facing pushback for praising the work of right-wing loser, frequently debunked ‘journalist’, and alt-right Proud Boy BFF Andy Ngo. In the since-deleted tweet posted over the weekend, Marshall congratulated Ngo on his most recent book, which claims to unmask ‘Antifa’s radical plan to destroy democracy.’ Marshall said, ‘Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.’ He then got dragged to hell and back in the most entertaining manner.
For those lucky enough not to know who Andy Ngo is, he’s basically the frat-boy version of Tucker Carlson, a sad excuse for a journalist whose frequent smears and outright lies directed at anti-fascist protestors barely masks his support of far-right groups. This is the creep whose entire career is built around the claim that he was injured with a concrete milkshake at a protest in Portland. He’s so awful that even Quillette got rid of him after video emerged of him hanging out with members of a far-right group who were planning violent attacks on anti-fascist protestors. ‘Brave’ he is not. The Los Angeles Times described the book that Marshall loves so much as ‘supremely dishonest.’ The critic, Alexander Nazaryan, also added, ‘As a journalist, however, I must point out that he is churning out the very kind [of] propaganda that keeps authoritarians in power.’
Winston Marshall was either so stupid that he didn’t know all of this or malicious enough in his sh*tty politics to know and not care until it impacted his bottom line. He took to Twitter for the perennial apology tour:
‘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. 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.’
So, which band member told him to f**k off? Was it Mumford? Or sons? Or Mumford’s awesome wife, Carey Mulligan?
I sure do look forward to right-wing losers pretending they were always fans of Mumford and Sons now, just like they always loved Ariel Pink, James Woods movies, and Gina Carano’s lack of range.
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