James Hetfield’s involvement in an upcoming TV show about bear hunting is causing outrage among UK music fans.
Hetfield, an avid big game hunter, will narrate The Hunt, an upcoming History Channel program about Kodiak brown bear hunting in Alaska.
News of Hetfield’s involvement in the show sparked a backlash last month with fans of another one of his upcoming gigs: The Glastonberry Festival in the UK.
More about Kodiak brown bearsGrowing up to 12 feet tall and weighing up to 1,500 pounds, these monster bears are one of the most powerful beasts on the planet. They are keen bears that often elude hunters.
Some fans of the mega music festival are trying to get Metallica axed from the lineup over Hetfield’s connection to the show and his support of bear hunting.
The backlash against the Metallica frontman started on May 25, when someone launched a Facebook page called “Remove Metallica from Glastonberry Festival for their Support of Bear Hunting.”
The page claims Metallica’s support of bear and big game hunting isn’t in sync with the festival’s ideals, which lean towards neo-hippie idealism.
So far, the Facebook page has attracted 16,205 likes. While that’s a decent amount for having been online for nearly two weeks, it’s a paltry number compared to the festival’s estimated average attendance of 150,000.
Will the backlash have any impact on whether or not the band plays the show? Probably not, but it will be interesting if it does.
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By the way, The Hunt is set to air on June 8. The eight-part series will chronicle a 10-day Kodiak hunt on Alaska’s legendary Kodiak Island.
Kodiak hunting is legal in Alaska, though only a few tags are issued to hunters each year. Of the hunters who get tags, less than half of are able to fill them
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