Former Mumford & Sons banjo player and co-founder Winston Marshall said there was one “canceled” celebrity for whom he felt special pity, before he too was targeted by the cancellation culture mob.
“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling lost many friends in the industry after she defended the concept of biological sex.
Rowling tweeted in 2020, “If sex isn’t real, same-sex attraction isn’t.” Sex kills many people’s ability to have meaningful discussions about their lives. Telling the truth is not hate.”
She has also indicated her “contempt” for those who support gender-centric policies that “endanger extremely vulnerable girls.”
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Progressives and prominent figures, including some “Harry Potter” cast members, have condemned her for her remarks. The franchise’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, dedicated a blog post against Rowling’s comments to stand with trans and gay children, whom he said could identify with her wizard character.
“And so seeing him hurt that day as I was, I wanted him to know that not everyone in the franchise feels that way. And that was really important,” Radcliffe wrote, while asking the press to feature in his post. There was also evidence of an “infighting” between him and Rowling, warning against the attempt.
Marshall is no stranger to cancel culture. The musician was the target of online hate last year after tweeting his support for a book by conservative author Andy Ngo on Antifa’s left-wing radicalism, titled “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.” But he said his compassion for Rowling began long before his own traumatic experience.
“I was sympathetic at first,” Marshall said of Rowling’s plight in an interview with Fox News Digital. “Because I think what happened to him is appalling. The level of hatred towards women that he had to endure. It’s disgusting. If it doesn’t make your blood boil, it says a lot about you, I think.” Is.”
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The musician described Rowling as a pro-women and LGBT ally, and in other candid comments she shaded the “Harry Potter” cast, whom Rowling helped launch to stardom.
“She didn’t say anything transphobic,” Marshall maintained. “Everything he’s done is for women. It’s appalling. What he’s done for gays and lesbians in his history and philanthropic history is remarkable. The fact that he has to stand by this is outrageous. And it Disgusting that those other actors who he gave a career to speak about themselves like they do. It’s shameful, frankly.
Marshall took the opportunity to share her opinion about puberty blockers, drugs that prevent puberty, and progressive efforts that, in her view, kept girls out of school sports.
“It’s a very difficult situation for any of these artists to be in,” he said. “It’s a very painful experience, losing it all just for having the wrong opinion, a completely valid opinion, you know? In fact, I would say compassionate opinion, these issues. She cares about women, for example. She cares about kids, look what they’re doing to kids, putting kids on puberty blockers, irreversible surgery.”
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“These children are being sterilized,” he continued. “Someone has to stand up for them. Someone has to stand up for girls being bullied out of sports. Someone has to stand up for truth. And so these are really important issues.”
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However, Rowling has found support from some “Harry Potter” alumni. When asked about the controversy, Draco Malfoy’s portrayer Tom Felton said that he chose to “celebrate” the influence of Rowling’s films. And like Marshall, Ralph Fiennes, who played the villainous Voldemort in the series, recently described the abuse against Rowling as “disgusting.”