A photo of Mumford and Sons in the studio with the right wing academic Jordan Peterson has been decried as “gross and unfortunate” on Twitter.
The photo has caused a stir in the wake of Peterson’s often-criticised views on subjects such as feminism and gender identity. He has previously claimed that Islamophobia is “a word created by fascists and used by cowards to manipulate morons”, that white privelige is a “Marxist lie”, and that “The idea that women were oppressed throughout history is an appalling theory.”
The photo of the band and the intellectual who has come under fire for suggesting that believing that gender identity is subjective is “as bad as claiming that the world is flat” was first taken in May but reappeared on Twitter today (August 2).
It caused many to voice their distaste at the picture. One fan said: “I have irrationally hated mumford and sons for years and now it’s justified since they hung out with fucking JORDAN PETERSON”
I shouldnt be confused by Mumford and Sons hanging out with Jordan Peterson in their studio but I am very confused. I assumed they were "my dad was a vicar" tory, not "concerned about white birth rates" tory.
— runnin through the house with a pickle in my mouth (@TommyIsBS) August 2, 2018
The academic first rose to mainstream attention with his YouTube series Professor Against Political Correctness. His book 12 Rules For Life became a bestseller after its publication earlier this year.
Peterson has come under fire from fellow academics on multiple occasions for his alleged misuse of facts. Cara Tierney, an artist and professor told The Guardian that Peterson’s approach is “Very theatrical and shrewdly exploits platforms that thrive on spectacle, controversy, fear and prejudice. The threat is not so much what [Peterson’s] beliefs are, but how they detract from more critical, informed and, frankly, interesting conversations.”
Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons will soon be appearing in a collaboration of a different political bent. The band are due to appear on a new album by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, along with Killer Mike of Run The Jewels and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and GZA.