Animal rights activists have found a new target: James Hetfield, lead singer and the brains behind the legendary metal band Metallica. His crime? Narrating the History Channel’s eight-part series The Hunt, which documents an excursion through Alaska in search of bears. Apparently, his beliefs don’t resonate with the town of Glastonbury, a self-proclaimed New Age city in southwestern England. In a 2009 interview, he stated he loves his guns but no longer enjoys hunting as much as he once did:
Nowadays it doesn’t feel necessary, killing things just to kill them. I’m not against hunting, but it doesn’t seem as necessary as going 150 miles an hour in my car now…I saw a bear print [in Siberia] and it looked pretty human.
On guns and the Second Amendment in general, he said:
I love my guns. I love that my dad handed them down to me, and I’m taking care of them. To me, though, some of the gun laws definitely don’t make any sense, but also the Second Amendment is very important to me. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth. Both sides are operating on a fear base. As an NRA member, I don’t think we need to be afraid that if we compromise on some things, [they] are going to change so much. I don’t want to make it easier for someone to have an assault weapon, but I also want to be able to protect my family.
For a celebrity, these statements are incredibly reasonable and rational, and are one of the reasons I’ve been able to consider Metallica my most favorite band for so long. Unlike bands like Green Day, NOFX, and The Offspring — all of whom joined the ridiculous, hypocrisy-laden “Rock Against Bush” festival project back in 2004 — Metallica has held fast to a live-and-let-live policy on- and off-stage, remaining neutral on most political issues and flying beneath the radar on generally all social issues (although there was that one thing with Napster…). Animal rights activists are gathering votes on a Facebook page petition that states: “Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield is a big game hunter and promoter. This is incompatible with Glastonbury Festivals ideals.” The problem here is not that animal rights activists take issue with Hetfield’s views. The problem is that they see his “incompatible views” as reason to remove a pre-established tour stop and reject an already-extended invitation. In the mindset of the loony leftoid, all contracts and promises can be dissolved if suitable offense is taken with the other party’s beliefs. Theirs is a worldview filled with intolerant moral authority in which one subjective exercise is superior to another simply because, well, they say so. Yahoo! “news”, always willing to stir the pot in order to advance their social justice warrior agenda, likens James Hetfield to Ted Nugent. What a crock of boiling bear feces. Ted Nugent actively attacks the character of others, whereas James Hetfield merely describes his own stance on issues. Yahoo! “news” is simply trying to derive a controversy where one does not exist. As usual. Higher education has turned into a series of factories that take fresh minds and churn out intolerant narcissists who are incapable of merely entertaining ideas that don’t fit the narrative established by their out-of-touch professors. Even if they manage to escape the clutches of the leftoid mindset, they are ridiculed, antagonized, and forced to quit their jobs when they don’t conform to the state-approved message. The animal rights activists of Glastonbury are no exception and are indicative of a Western culture that has become less tolerant and more hypocritical than ever before. Maybe they should attend the Metallica concert if only to let off some steam. When The Offspring joined the ridiculous “Rock Against Bush” festival, I didn’t boycott them. Onstage and in the studio, they rock. Offstage, they’re absolute dolts undeserving of First Amendment rights, but that doesn’t mean their music is any less worthwhile (or that they should have their First Amendment rights stripped). Intolerant leftoids could learn from my stance, but they never will. Higher education has taught them that “critical thinking” means “regurgitate the state-approved propaganda and destroy all nonconformists“. In the end, Metallica wins (emphasis mine):
Metallica’s publicist declined to comment on the matter and said the band would not be addressing the controversy. And the band remains on the lineup of the vaunted British music festival.
Nothing like the terse dismissal of rockstar millionaires to remind leftoid loons where they belong in the social hierarchy. Stick that in your beef wellington and cook it, British animal rights hypocrites.