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Ex-Mumford & Sons banjoist turns conservative blogger, somehow contributing even less to society

His new post makes stellar non-points on the Neil Young and Joe Rogan debate

Published on February 04, 2022

Winston Marshall – hedge fund baby and former Mumford & Sons banjoist who quit the band over his right-wing political views – has now officially joined the conservative outrage grift, becoming a right-wing columnist for Bari Weiss’ Substack.

His new piece, titled “When Artists Become Censors,” is all about Neil Young, Joe Rogan, and censorship (or the vague concept of an idea of ​​leftist censorship that only exists in the conservative imagination. ).

Marshall laments the so-called censorship of Rogan’s ideas though he literally admits in the article that Neil Young’s anti-Rogan campaign “does not violate Rogan’s First Amendment rights”, instead calling it “a power grab”. clear position against the cultural norm of freedom of expression”. “Criticism, it bears repeating, is not censorship.

He then admits that “Spotify is a private company; they have no platform obligation for anyone”. It’s worth noting that Spotify actually opted to continue platforming Joe Rogan’s podcast, literally removing Young’s music – and several others – in order to continue hosting it. It’s unclear what censorship Marshall is so terrified of, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?

Marshall goes on to point out a group of other fearless millionaire thought warriors like Kanye West, JK Rowling and Trump – “those who are brave enough to look over the parapet” – as victims of censorship, despite the fact that these people continue to sell huge amounts of music, books and bullshit for equally huge sums.

It coincidentally ignores some examples of actual material censorship that have occurred recently, such as the Tennessee school board banning educators from teaching Holocaust memoirs. Maus.

You have to hand it to the guy – he managed to make being Mumford & Sons’ banjo player the second most embarrassing thing about him.