Mumford & Sons lead guitarist and banjo player, Winston Marshall, has been heavily criticized after he tweeted that he was reading right-wing journalist Andy Ngo’s book.
"Congratulations @MrAndyNgo," Marshall wrote on Saturday, March 6. "Finally had to time read your important book. You're a brave man."
The 33-year-old also shared a photo of the book Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy in the tweet, which has since been deleted.
The Los Angeles Times dubbed Ngo’s book "supremely dishonest." According to the outlet, Ngo described the protests and riots that took place at the Capitol on January 6 as "peaceful and celebratory." He also reportedly downplayed the deaths of Heather Heyer, who was killed at a protest in 2017, and Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012.
Ngo reportedly called the Proud Boys a "pro-Trump fraternity" and referred to left-wing protestors as a “marauding gang” with a mission to "destroy the nation-state, America in particular."
This is not the first time the band has landed themselves in hot water for their political views. In 2018, they invited Jordan Peterson to their London studio and posed for a photo with the Canadian academic, who has been accused of being transphobic, sexist and Islamophobic.
"I primarily was very interested in Dr. Peterson’s work on psychology, read both his books and found it very, very interesting, and met him [through] a mutual acquaintance and invited him down to the studio whilst he was in London on tour, which was very interesting and one of many interesting visits [from various figures] we had in the studio," Marshall said afterward.
"I don’t think that having a photograph with someone means you agree with everything they say."
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Ignorance Is Bliss
Some fans wished they didn't learn of Marshall's political views.
ah i see one of my favorite bands mumford and sons is trending. i assume it’s because of their innovative musicality, strong recent albums and — ah, oh no.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 7, 2021
One fan joked that the band must have been trending due to their "innovative musicality" and "strong recent albums."
This is so damn disappointing and really reinforces all the bad stereotypes about what it means when you hear "the sound of banjos." Supporting fascism ain't a good look.— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) March 6, 2021
One fan lamented that Marshall had reinforced "all the bad stereotypes about what it means when you hear 'the sound of banjos.'"
Playing thousands of shows means we were bound to wind up playing with some sketchy bands but I honestly didn’t think Mumford and sons would end up as the clearest example.— Screaming Females (@Screamales) March 7, 2021
Screaming Females felt differently about playing with Mumford & Sons after the tweet.
Your banjo player is a fascist. What do you think this is going to do to you public image? You guys screwed up. Fire the fascist.— Will (@dontbeinsane_) March 7, 2021
Many fans asked that Marshall be kicked out of the band.
Do I think Marcus Mumford et al should make a statement disavowing the beliefs Winston Marshall espoused?— calhoun (@TheHounzinator) March 7, 2021
Until then- this “guilty by association” approach is the “cancel culture” people keep moshing about; Mumford & Sons has done no wrong, Winston Marshall has. pic.twitter.com/dSVYTxRKsc
One fan noted that Mumford & Sons should not be "guilty by association" but should make a statement about Marshall's beliefs.