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Posted in music on June 5, 2014
By Ian Chainey
Metallica at Orion, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The outrage over Metallica headlining the upcoming Glastonbury Festival has gone ridiculous to ludicrous speed, but at least one group is presenting a somewhat legitimate gripe. (And no, we're not talking about Mogwai, who were thrown under the social media bus by a shite-y headline.) And if you don't agree with legitimacy, at least it's a different cry than "because they suck."
Remove Metallica from GlastonburyFestival for their support of Bear Hunting, a Facebook group intending to do exactly that, was created on May 25 and has since accrued over 13,000 likes. The moderators of the page take issue with James Hetfield's long-held support of big game hunting, particularly his narration duties on the History Channel's The Hunt, a series detailing Kodiak, Alaska hunters bent on bagging brown bears. (Two of these things are true: Eight states allow bear hunting. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game offers 496 hunting tags a year, given out via a lottery system. Critics say The Hunt starts well, but soon turns into a load.) Per the offended:
James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica is a supporter and promoter of big game hunting. This does not represent the values of environmentalism that have come to be so important at Glastonbury.No word from the band or the festival yet regarding the Facebook page, but Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis hasn't been opposed to hunting in some instances.
However, Metallica have said they may open their set with Oasis' "Wonderwall." So, yeah, that'll calm everyone down.
If you're in a masochistic mood, you can stream a 30 minute episode of Metallica's tour diary, MetOnTour (not just the name for the method of your conception used by your Deadhead parents), below.