Former Mumford & Sons banjo player and co-founder Winston Marshall said there was one “cancelled” celebrity he felt particularly sorry for before he too became a target of the cancel culture crowd.
“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling lost many friends in the industry after defending the concept of biological sex.
“If sex isn’t real, same-sex attraction isn’t,” Rowling tweeted in 2020. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. Sex kills many people’s ability to have meaningful conversations about their lives. There’s no hate for telling the truth.”
She also signaled her “contempt” for those who support gender-based policies that “put the most vulnerable girls at risk.”
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Progressives and prominent figures have condemned him for his comments, including some “Harry Potter” cast members. The star of the franchise, Danielle Radcliffe, dedicated a blog post against Rowling’s comments to stand up for trans and queer kids who she said she may have identified with her witch character.
“And seeing them hurt that day, I was like, I wanted them to know that not everyone in the franchise feels that way. And that was really important,” Radcliffe wrote, telling the press in also warned against attempting to portray the post as such. Evidence of “infighting” between him and Rowling.
Marshall is no stranger to canceling culture. The musician became the target of online hate last year after being tweeted by conservative author Andy Ngo for endorsing a book on Antifa’s left-wing radicalism, titled, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy”. But she said her empathy with Rowling began long before her own traumatic experience.
“I already had sympathy,” Marshall said of Rowling’s plight in an interview with Fox News Digital. “Because I think what’s happened to him is outrageous. The level of abuse he’s had to endure. It’s disgusting. If it doesn’t make your blood boil, it does about you. Says something, I think.”
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The musician described Rowling as a pro-woman and LGBT ally, and in other pointed comments he shaded the “Harry Potter” cast that Rowling helped propel to stardom.
“He didn’t say anything transphobic,” Marshall maintained. “What he’s done for women. It’s terrible. What he’s done for gays and lesbians in his history and in the history of philanthropy is remarkable. The fact is that He’s had to put up with it. And it’s despicable that other actresses that he gave a career to talk about themselves like he does. It’s shameful, frankly.”
Marshall took the opportunity to voice his opinion on puberty blockers, anti-puberty drugs, and progressive efforts that he believed “scare” girls out of school sports.
“It’s a very difficult position for any of these artists to be in,” he said. “It’s a very painful experience, to lose it all just because you have the wrong opinion, a perfectly valid opinion, you know? In fact, I would say a sympathetic opinion, these issues. She cares about women, for example. Like. She takes care of children, look. What they’re doing to children, puberty-blocking, irreversible surgery to children.”
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“These children will be sterilized,” he continued. “Somebody’s got to stand up for them. Somebody’s got to stand up for girls out of sports. Somebody’s got to stand up for the truth. And so these are really important issues.”
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However, Rowling has received support from a few “Harry Potter” alumni. When asked about the controversy, Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, said he chose to “celebrate” the influence of Rowling’s films. And like Marshall, Ralph Fiennes, who played villain Voldemort in the series, recently called the abuse of Rowling “abhorrent.”