Some TikTok Users Are Making Outrageous Claims Against Metallica

Some TikTok Users Are Making Outrageous Claims Against Metallica
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Metallica has been enjoying increased mainstream exposure thanks to their classic tune “Master Of Puppets” being included in a now-iconic scene from the Netflix hit series, “Stranger Things.” The band previously responded to having their legendary tune included in the show. The character of Eddie Munson (played by Joseph Quinn) performs what he calls “the most metal concert ever” in the dark, alternate universe of the show as he tries to help his friends vanquish the show’s villain, Vecna.

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into ‘Stranger Things’ has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master Of Puppets’ in the show but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” Metallica said in a statement. “We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that? It’s an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie’s journey and to once again be keeping company with all of the other amazing artists featured in the show.”

In the latest installment of cancel culture running amok, some TikTok users and fans of “Stranger Things” are making outrageous claims against the band. TikTok influencer Serena Trueblood hosts a series of clips called “Is Your Fav Problematic?” that covers many musical artists. Among the ridiculous claims, Trueblood said that former bassist Jason Newsted made N*zi salutes onstage. She also showed concert clips where Metallica make fun of the death of Kurt Cobain — one which wasn’t Metallica at all, but rather Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. Trueblood also infers that Metallica’s James Hetfield kept Ice-T’s band, Body Count, off of their 1992 tour with Guns N’ Roses due to his race.

Numerous Metallica fans came to the band’s defense. Cancel culture is defined by as: “The popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” Disturbed’s David Draiman, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, KISS and Sharon Osbourne have all spoken out against cancel culture. 

Metallica also previously met and jammed with Quinn at a rehearsal for their headlining gig at Lollapalooza in Chicago. During the hang, Metallica gifted Quinn with a custom, signed B.C. Rich guitar similar to the one he played on the show. Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in a video (which can be viewed below) that he’s enjoyed “Stranger Things” since its inception. “My kids and I, it’s been a bonding experience for us,” Hetfield said. Quinn said he constantly listened to the song for the past two years, and that he felt “very connected” to the band. “Thank you so much for letting us use the track,” Quinn said. “Thanks for doing it justice,” Hetfield replied. 

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