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Why are Stranger Things fans trying to cancel Metallica?

Sonja Tutty

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Why are Stranger Things fans trying to cancel Metallica?

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Stranger Thing fans who discovered Metallica from the hit-show are now trying to cancel to band.

Metallica welcomed its new younger fans after Stranger Things Eddie Munson's legendary Master of Puppets scene. The 80s band said on TikTok that everyone is welcome in the 'Metallica Family'.

"Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music," it added.

Why Are Stranger Thing Fans Cancelling Metallica?

Now, the new fans have turned against them after a TikTok user Serena Trueblood, 22, covers the band in her 'Is Your Fave Problematic' series.

In the video which has gained nearly 40k likes, Trueblood starts out by saying the band is anti-semitic because the cross symbol on James Hetfield’s guitar is linked to Neo-Nazism. They also show a clip of former bassist Jason Newsted appearing to do a Nazi salute while onstage.

Trueblood goes on to revisit video footage of performance in which they suggest Metallica mocked Layne Staley’s heroin addiction and ridiculed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana just days after his death.

The TikTok creator also highlights previous comments made by Axl Rose who accused the band of racism for not have rapper Ice-T join on tour.

Trueblood also criticises the band's response to the Black Lives Matter movement. "And they did that with some black squares [posted on Instagram], no resources and no donations."

Many viewers were upset to hear the accusations with one person commenting on the TikTok: "god I wish I watched this before I bought my Metallica shirt."

A Steve Harrington fan account said: "I literally ripped the tag off my new Metallica short an hour ago."

Trueblood has since switched the comments off on their video.

How Are Metallica Fans Responding?

Over on Twitter, Metallica fans were having none of it. "The fact Metallica welcomed and defended all the new fans that came from the stranger things fandom and they've gone and THROWN IT BACK IN THEIR FACES."

Another person added: "The pipeline of TikTok teenagers discovering Metallica through Eddie Munson of Stranger Things and then a week later calling them out for being problematic is probably the funniest thing I have ever fucking seen...a bunch of white guys made a band in the 80s and you're surprised to find out they said something bigoted or whatever they did."

Die hard fans also suggested allegations made by Axl Rose should not be used against the band, as the singer has his own controversial past.

Others added these were accusations made about comments and actions in the past and during a time where attitudes were different. "I feel like we gotta draw the line somewhere between separating art from artist cause," one person said on Twitter.

Metallica have yet to respond to Trueblood's claims.

Topics: Stranger Things, Music, TV and Film

Sonja Tutty
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