Winston Marshall is ‘truly sorry’ and decides to take a hiatus in order to ‘examine [his] blindspot’ after facing backlash for praising controversial Antifa book.
AceShowbiz –Winston Marshall is “taking time away” from Mumford & Sons.
The 33-year-old musician – who has been part of the “Little Lion Man” hitmakers since their formation in 2007 – has apologised after backlash over his endorsement of the book “Unmasked” by Andy Ngo, which promised to delve “inside ANTIFA’s radical plan to destroy democracy.”
In a statement, he said, “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.”
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“I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.”
In the book, author, journalist and social media personality Ngo calls the Proud Boys a “pro-Trump fraternity” and refers to left-wing activists as a “marauding gang” on a mission to “destroy the nation-state, America in particular.”
Following the release, Winston tweeted, “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.”
Winston has appeared as banjoist and lead guitarist on all four of Mumford & Sons studio albums to date, including “Sigh No More”, “Babel”, “Wilder Mind”, and 2018’s “Delta”.
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