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Leave that bloke from Mumford & Sons alone

He has been accused of being a Nazi simply for praising a book about Antifa.

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Topics Free Speech Politics UK USA

Winston Marshall, the lead guitarist of British folk band Mumford & Sons, has been baselessly accused of holding far-right sympathies. In one of the most absurd Twitterstorms of the year so far, ‘Mumford’ was trending on social media over the weekend after Marshall posted a tweet praising author Andy Ngo.

Ngo, who has made his name documenting various acts of violence by Antifa activists, recently released his new book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. In a since-deleted tweet, Marshall said to Ngo, ‘Finally had time to read your important book’. He also described Ngo as a ‘brave man’.

This prompted an onslaught of abuse from blue-tick Twitter. Comedian Nish Kumar, for example, described Marshall as ‘the nazi mumford’.

British band Sleaford Mods slammed Marshall for ‘openly’ supporting fascism and oppression:

Another blue ticker described Mumford & Sons as ‘fash adjacent’. And one tweeted that Marshall had ‘far-right-adjacent views’.

This is ridiculous. All he did was praise a book that criticised Antifa. But ‘far right’ has become a catch-all slur for anyone the Twitterati disagrees with. The branding of Mumford & Sons as essentially fascist is perhaps the most absurd example yet. Leave the man alone.

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Topics Free Speech Politics UK USA

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