Metallica won a legion of Generation Z fans after their song “Master of Puppets” featured heavily on the hugely popular Netflix series Stranger Things, but some have turned against the band
Metallica are arguably one of the biggest metal bands in the world.
Formed in 1981, the band has been around for decades and has millions of fans around the world.
Her popularity rose again after her song “Master of Puppets” was used in a key scene in Season Four Part Two of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
However, some fans won became fans lost after younger fans found out about previous controversies with the band on TikTok.
Here’s everything you need to know about the situation.
Why Did Metallica Gain Fans?
There’s no doubt that the 80’s set sci-fi show Stranger Things had a huge impact on pop culture in 2022.
After Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” was heard during a key plot point in part one of the fourth series, the song rose in popularity. It reached a number one position in the UK charts, a feat it failed to achieve on its initial release.
The impact on the music industry continued after part two of the fourth series was released.
Metallica’s 1986 song “Master Of Puppets” was featured in a key scene with fan-favorite character Eddie Munson.
The scene was repeated and shared millions of times on social media, with the song climbing the charts and fans of the show discovering the metal band for the first time.
Metallica embraced the new attention, playing the now-iconic scene on giant screens while performing “Master Of Puppets” at their recent performance at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago. Joseph Quinn, who portrayed Eddie Munson in Stranger Things, also met the band backstage.
What happened on TikTok?
Trouble began for new fans of the band after TikTok user Serena Trueblood shared some of the band’s past controversies.
TikTok, which has nearly 500,000 views, details several questionable situations the band has found themselves in over the years.
These include allegations of anti-Semitism based on an alleged neo-Nazi symbol on lead guitarist James Hatfield’s guitar, as well as claims that former bassist Jason Newsted gave a Nazi salute while performing on stage.
It also featured footage of the band appearing to mock the death of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Kobain just days after his suicide, as well as Alice In Chains singer Layne Stanley’s Herion addiction.
Trueblood also claimed that the band participated in “Blackout Tuesday” on social media to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, but neglected to donate to the fund or donate resources to others.
Comments from Guns ‘N’ Roses singer Axl Rose have also been drawn attention, in which he accused the band of racism after saying Metallica refused to tour with rapper Ice-T.
Are Metallica cancelled?
New fans expressed their disgust at the claims in the comments section of the video, which Trueblood has now shut down.
One said, “God I wish I’d looked at that before I bought my Metallica shirt.”
That sentiment was strong in the band’s Generation Z demographic, with others saying, in a disappointed tone, “I literally ripped the label off my new Metallica an hour ago.”
However, longtime fans of the metal band have criticized new fans for buying into the Metallica hype before dealing with the allegations.
One lifelong fan took to Twitter to say, “The pipeline of TikTok teenagers discovering Metallica through Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson and then calling it troublesome a week later is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen…a.” Bunch of white guys started a band in the 80’s and you’re surprised when you find out they said something bigoted or whatever they did.”
Others have tried to defend Metallica over the allegations, stating that the eyebrow-raising comments were made at a time when social justice and equality were not prevalent in society.