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Jeremy Clarkson slams 'vile woke cancel culture' as Winston Marshall quits Mumford & Sons

Marshall is one of the four founding members of the British supergroup Mumford & Sons whose last three albums hit number one on the US charts. Outside his music, Marshall has been vocal in his support of thinkers and authors who are often labelled right-wing. As well as his interest in Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, a prominent critic of political correctness, Marshall faced a firestorm of criticism in March this year when he praised a book by American journalist and social media personality Andy Ngo which investigated extreme left-wing politics.

The book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, is an attack on the radical leftwing anti-fascist (Antifa) movement in the US.

By recommending the book, Marshall then found himself labelled a “fascist” and accused of supporting radical right-wing politics, with calls for him to be dropped from Mumford & Sons.

At the time, the musician said he was taking a break from the band “to examine blindspots” in his life. Today, he announced formally that he was leaving Mumford & Sons permanently in a public statement.

Piers Morgan quickly tweeted his outrage that the star was a victim of “cancel culture.”

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Marshall said: “I failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Thirteen members of my family were murdered in the concentration camps of the Holocaust… To call me “fascist” was ludicrous beyond belief..

He reveals he was attacked again, this time for apologising for appearing to support radical right-wing politics. Now he says he regrets apologising for simply speaking his mind and exploring “challenging” topics. He refuses to “censor” himself again and believes that this leaves him no choice but to leave the band.

Marshall wrote: “The truth is that reporting on extremism at the great risk of endangering oneself is unquestionably brave. I also feel that my previous apology in a small way participates in the lie that such extremism does not exist, or worse, is a force for good…

“For me to speak about what I’ve learnt to be such a controversial issue will inevitably bring my bandmates more trouble. My love, loyalty and accountability to them cannot permit that. I could remain and continue to self-censor but it will erode my sense of integrity. Gnaw my conscience. I’ve already felt that beginning.

“The only way forward for me is to leave the band. I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.” 

In his statement, the musician also announces that he will continue his work with Hong Kong Link Up, an organisation he founded in January 2021 to help Hong Kong nationals who immigrate to the UK.

The Mumford & Sons star’s personal life previously hit headlines in July 2015 when he started dating Glee actress Dianna Agron. They married in 2016 but officially separated in August last year.

Marshall’s father is himself a vocal supporter of conservative politics. Hedge fund tycoon Sir Paul Marshall was a noted proponent of Brexit. 

WINSTON MARSHALL FULL STATEMENT

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Edouardo Jordan's Restaurant Staff Quits After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Most of the staff at two restaurants run by Edouardo Jordan, an acclaimed chef in Seattle who has been celebrated with some of the industry’s top awards, quit on Sunday after an investigation by The Seattle Times surfaced 15 allegations against him of sexual misconduct or unwanted touching.

The two restaurants, JuneBaby and Salare, were closed on Sunday after the staff departures, according to The Seattle Times. A representative of Mr. Jordan confirmed on Monday that nearly all of the employees at both restaurants had resigned.

Attempts to reach Mr. Jordan by phone and email on Monday were unsuccessful. The representative said in an email that Mr. Jordan was “taking a step back” and “in a deep state of remorse for the pain he has caused former coworkers and restaurant staff.”

The Times investigation included five women who said that Mr. Jordan had groped or given them unwanted kisses from 2012 and 2017, and 10 women who described sexual comments or unwanted touching as recently as 2019. Four of the women said he had groped them at work.

In an Instagram post after the article was published, Mr. Jordan denied “many of the reported allegations” but said “each woman who shared her experience working with me has a voice that deserves to be heard.”

“I hold myself accountable if my actions ever made anyone feel disrespected, devalued or uncomfortable,” he said.

After stints at some of the United States’ top restaurants, including French Laundry, Per Se and the Herbfarm, Mr. Jordan received extensive praise for his restaurants in Seattle. JuneBaby, focused on foods of the American South, was named 2018’s Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation awards, making Mr. Jordan the first African-American to win the prize.

At the same awards ceremony, he won Best Chef in the Northwest for Salare.

A week before The Seattle Times investigation was published, Mr. Jordan announced that Salare would be closing and that his two other restaurants, JuneBaby and Lucinda Grain Bar, would be merging, citing the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Mr. Jordan’s representative said that there were plans for JuneBaby to reopen at some point.

Author: Daniel Victor and Jacey Fortin
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Maureen Lipman quits Celebrity Gogglebox episode due to 'dangly bits'

Hull’s very own Maureen Lipman walked out of an episode of Celebrity Gogglebox because of excess “dangly bits”.

Whilst watching the dating show Naked Attraction, the Coronation Street actress could not quite believe what she saw.

Joined by her old friend and fellow actor Giles Brandreth, the soap star who plays Tyrone Dobbs’ grandmother Evelyn, thought appearing on the Channel 4 show would simply be “a few quips and done”.

Lipman revealed the hours of filming required for the show made the process something which had to be “endured” and claims the editors axed her “witty” lines.

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Maureen was not happy about what she had to watch on the show
Maureen was not happy about what she had to watch on the show

In an interview with Radio Times she explained: “They’re not really interested in our opinions on what they’re giving us.

“I’d seen Gogglebox and I thought: ‘Oh, [ours] is the grown-up version, is it? But it’s your reaction to 12 dangling willies they want. They’re searching for ways to make me go: ‘Urgh!’

“So I thought: ‘Well, actually, no, life is too short to watch a series of hopeless men dangle their bits and pieces in my direction. So I’m going’.”

Brandreth also agreed adding: “Some of the things that Maureen has said are Oscar-winning funny. But what do they use? Us yawning!”

In un-aired scenes Maureen apparently walked out of the room during filming for the show as they were forced to watch Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction and came back with a supermarket bag-for-life on her head.

But it was cut out of the final broadcast version.

Some of the stars taking to their sofas in the latest celebrity special are Lorraine Kelly and her daughter Rosie, and Spice Girl Mel C and her brother Paul.

They’ll be joined by radio DJ Clara Amfo and her brother Andy, football pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Denise Van Outen and her partner Eddie, and Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv.

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Gary Lineker pens emotional statement as host quits BT Sport's Champions League coverage

“A big thank you to everyone at BT Sport, both in front of the camera and behind. You’re one hell of a team. It’s been a joy working with you. Well played.”

Rio Ferdinand, who usually appears as a pundit on BT’s coverage, replied to send his support to Lineker. 

The former Manchester United defender tweeted: “Been an honour to share the stage with you! One more Last Dance (Until this summer),” along with a laughing emoji, referencing their upcoming work at the European Championships.

Lineker responded: “Cheers Rio. You’re a delight to work with.”

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Goldman Sachs exec reportedly quits job after making Dogecoin fortune

A senior manager at banking giant Goldman Sachs in London has reportedly left the company after making a fortune on meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin (DOGE).

Aziz McMahon, a former managing director and head of emerging market sales at Goldman Sachs, had resigned from the investment bank allegedly after netting major gains from his DOGE holdings, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. 

Though reports did not specify exactly how much money McMahon made from his Dogecoin holdings, sources claimed that it was a substantial sum, pointing out that DOGE rallied over 1,000% in value this year.

According to sources, the finance veteran was investing in crypto, using a personal account, and was not involved in trading cryptocurrencies for Goldman Sachs.

McMahon did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

Dogecoin has been repeatedly recording major milestones recently, outstripping the largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC), in the number of related internet search queries. Since the beginning of 2021, Dogecoin has emerged as the fastest-growing digital currency, posting up to 13,500% growth year-to-date, and surging from just $ 0.005 to an all-time high of $ 0.68 on May 7, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Dogecoin price chart year-to-date. Source: CoinMarketCap

Launched back in 2013 by IBM software engineer Billy Markus and Adobe engineer Jackson Palmer, Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency based on the popular “Doge” meme featuring a Shiba Inu and was created as a joke. 

Another dog-based cryptocurrency has been surging recently. After breaking new all-time highs yesterday, Dogecoin imitator Shiba Inu (SHIB) subsequently saw a 13% slump to trade at $ 0.000028 at the time of writing.