Published Jun 03, 2014Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a National Rifle Association member and a hunter, so it didn't come as too much of a surprise when the History channel named his as the narrator of The Hunt, an eight-episode TV series about bear hunting in Alaska. Some folks, however, are so upset about this development that they've called for Metallica to be banned from this year's Glastonbury Festival.
A Facebook page called "Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their support of Bear Hunting" has earned over 11,000 "likes" (as of press time) since being launched on May 25. The page's logo is above.
A post on the page's wall reads, "I doubt very much that James Hetfield is the first high profile Big Game Hunter to grace #Glastonbury's stages, I'm sure there have been many. I do however doubt that any of them have had a prime time History Chanel show promoting his view that Big Game Hunting is a good thing to do on at the same time. This double exposure gives his views extra publicity and acceptability and this is where we can have an effect. We can use his publicity against him, and maybe make enough noise that the issues raised can be properly looked into and solutions can be reached."
The Hunt documents the biannual bear hunt in Kodiak, AK. It premieres on June 8, and a press release claims, "Hunters have an ethical and legal responsibility to strive for clean kills that is taken very seriously. There are pages of stringent regulations they must follow that ensure respect for the animal and the land."
Metallica will headline Glastonbury on June 28.