The former banjo player and founding member of Mumford and Sons is back on stage, in a much smaller spotlight, having left the lucrative A-list band after leftist advocates canceled the musician for speaking out against the violence of ANTIFA.
Winston Marshall is touring again after a two-year hiatus which began with the COVID shutdown and ended with the backlash to his support of conservative author Andy Ngo’s book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.”
Marshall called the book “important” and asked followers to consider the deadly toll of the riots that followed the death of George Floyd.
“My hill I ended up dying on, which I didn’t think it would be, was far left extremism in the United States,” Marshall said to Fox News Digital. “If you care about Black lives, as the supporters of Black Lives Matter purport to do, do you not care that all those Black businesses were destroyed during the riots? Do you not care that 19 people were killed in the first 14 days of the riots? That’s serious stuff.”
“And that’s not to say that one doesn’t care about transgenders or one doesn’t care about Black people,” he continued. “Of course we care. But we’ve got to look at the whole picture, otherwise we’re not helping anyone. So, people should care about these issues. I certainly do.”
THANK YOU to everyone who came out last night to support the #ProHuman movement at our SOLD OUT fundraiser event in NYC
— Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) (@fairforall_org) November 17, 2022
Marshall initially apologized after the uproar following his support of Ngo, but later opted to leave the band to allow him the freedom to speak freely, something he was unable to do in the Mumford and Son’s spotlight.
“No point in having regrets,” he told Fox News Digital. “One needs to move forward and look forward in life. Things are what they are, and I’m enjoying the work I’m now doing very much.”
Marshall is relishing in the freedom to speak his mind, using his “Marshall Matters” podcast to dig deep into topics he’s passionate about, proving being canceled isn’t the end.
“Basically exploring all the taboo topics of the age,” Marshall said of his show. “Environmentalism is one. The trans issue is one. Israel-Palestine, antisemitism is one. Black Lives Matter is one. There’s a bunch of topics that a lot of people find difficult to talk about and are self-censoring about because they are sacred, I think, in some ways.”
“COP27… is a festival of narcissism”
– Michael Shellenberger
@ShellenbergerMD, environmentalist and conservationist explains to me why…
— Winston Marshall (@MrWinMarshall) November 15, 2022
Marshall recently sat down with “Apocalypse Never” author Michael Shellenberger to discuss the consequences of environmental extremism and climate protestors on the European art world.
I hereby commit to doubling my carbon emissions https://t.co/Ve2qt0z9Dc
— Winston Marshall (@MrWinMarshall) November 15, 2022
“And so I’ve loved now going into that now that I’m liberated I guess,” he said. “I should use my voice. It’s stupid not to.”
The musician hopes to sit down with Masih Alinejad, an Iranian American journalist and women’s rights activist, to talk about the Iran revolution and the American comedian Shane Gillis in upcoming episodes. Relishing the idea of sitting down with people with diverse opinions, Marshall is excited by the future.
In too many circles, it’s a “progressive fault to not accept people with diverse opinions,” Marshall said. “We’ve forgotten the core Christian value that we are all fallen, and we are all fallible ”
Calling the belief that the world is divided into “goodies and baddies” pure “bullshit,” Marshall has teamed up with The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, a “non-profit, non-partisan, pro-human organization.”
“I hope that they can be a group that stands proudly against racism without having any divisive philosophy behind it, as I think many of the other anti-racist groups have,” he said. “One based on the principles, liberal principles of individualism… I mean that we should not be divided into identity groups and America suddenly needs that.”
First show since pandemic, first solo show in decades. Los Angeles you beauty. Loved it!
— Winston Marshall (@MrWinMarshall) November 11, 2022
As does the musician who once sold out stadiums.
“I’ve found out who my real friends were, which is actually a wonderful thing in the long run,” Marshall said as he reflected on last year. “It’s painful, going through the experience, but in the long run it’s wonderful. And I’ve also… gained many new friends. And I’m so grateful for that. It’s been fantastic. Not even necessarily like-minded people, just people with whom it’s OK to disagree. That’s incredible.”
Marshall also expects to release new music in the next year.
“One never knows,” he said. “With music, they kind of go all different ways. But I’ve been in the studio writing songs, and I’ve been collaborating with some very interesting people. So I hope that they will evolve into something presentable.”
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