Journalist and author Andy Ngo's new book proved popular with a musician on Monday, but now that musician appears to have had to leave the band, and he issued an apology.
"Last weekend, Winston Marshall, a musician in Mumford & Sons, expressed support for my book, "Unmasked," in a 15-word tweet. 72 hours later, he had to issue an apology & announced he's taking time away from the band. I went on @FoxNews to give my response," Ngo tweeted.
Ngo, who is The Post Millennial's editor-at-large, went on Fox News on Thursday to talk about what happened to Marshall:
"I know this being covered a lot as the latest example of cancel culture, but I don't think that term fully encapsulates what's going on," said Ngo.
"We're dealing with a phenomenon of people who have powerful ties, who are working to systematically close minds and to silence voices. And they're doing this entirely without throwing a punch, without any legislative change."
"That's what makes it quite shocking, and subtle and insidious. I write in my book about how much of what Antifa does is entirely non-violent, but it doesn't make it not dangerous."
"I think all of these campaigns work to undermine American norms, and to undermine civil society. This musician has been made to suffer very severe consequences for a pretty innocuous tweet about enjoying my book, apparently."
"And I think the message is very clear: if you challenge the reigning orthodoxy, you will be made to suffer. And particularly, if you're in a vulnerable profession, such as entertainment or culture, you will stand to lose, potentially, everything."
The original tweet by Marshall, which has now been taken down, simply says "...Finally had the time to read your important book. You're a brave man."
His most recent tweet as of this writing says the following however:
"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 blind spots."
"For now, please know that I realise how my endorsement have the potential to be viewed of approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour. I apologise, as this was not at all my intention."
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