Since Metallica's Master Of Puppets was included in the final episode of Stranger Things, the metal legends have been rocketing up charts worldwide, becoming something of an obsession for a whole new generation of fans who are discovering the band for the very first time.
Last month, the band welcomed their new fans into the "Metallica family" on TikTok with a wholesome anti-gatekeeping message.
Alongside this new outpouring of fandom, however, a spotlight has been shone into Metallica's past, which has led some of the TikTok community to draw attention to historical incidents where allegations of problematic behaviour were levelled at the band, including allegations of racist behaviour. Some are now going even further and demanding that the quartet be 'cancelled'.
The situation was propelled into the viral stratosphere by Serena Trueblood (opens in new tab) who, as part of her ongoing series Is Your Fav Problematic, created a video that centred around examining previous attitudes and behaviour attributed to the Cali metal heavyweights. Her TikTok series analyses various musicians and bands to detect whether – you guessed it – they're 'problematic', or an 'appropriate' artist for the community's fandom.
Fans in the comments appear divided, with some stating that they feel shocked and disappointed in response to the video, while others put forward the argument that Metallica should be granted the opportunity to "grow and change" and not have their past held against them, also arguing that some of the sources used within the video aren't reputable and may be problematic in themselves (it's also worth noting that one brief clip involves a Dave Mustaine comment filmed years after he left Metallica).
One user declares that "there isn't a single non problematic band/artist out there in existence. when y'all realize that, you can finally have peace."
The video has now made its way onto Twitter's radar, with many users responding to the claims and taking screenshots of the comments, expressing regret that numerous new fans are now troubled over their recent Metallica merchandise purchases.
A portion of Twitter users are commenting on the TikTok conversation with humour, with one user writing: "there’s no way ppl are trying to cancel metallica bro LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOO im sorry but gen z can never just let themselves enjoy anything. don’t look up any other metal bands from the 80s or you’ll give yourselves a heart attack".
While another says: "i need to stop letting eddie stans get under my skin because they're the same people who are green screening themselves kissing eddie and roleplaying screaming at jason and trying to cancel metallica."
See some of the reactions to the issue below.
Metallica recently wrapped up the latest European leg of their Worldwired world tour, and play a couple of US dates later this month.
stranger things/eddie stans trying to cancel metallica now for their problematic past is funny to me idc 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/khUqFnOiwsAugust 7, 2022
The fact metallica welcomed and defended all the new fans that came from the stranger things fandom and they've gone and THROWN IT BACK IN THEIR FACES... pic.twitter.com/xFYeFTaHKRAugust 7, 2022
WAIT IS GEN Z TRYING TO CANCEL METALLICA NOW CUZ THEY NEVER HEARD OF THEM BEFORE STRANGER THINGS AND ARE DISCOVERING WHO THEY REALLY ARE???? Children please stop it's so embarrassing 😂😂😂 yall would've hated Eddie irl and it really showsAugust 8, 2022
st fans trying to cancel metallica is so funny imagine trying to cancel one of the biggest rock bands over something that happened before u were even on earth pic.twitter.com/d9CHNHUsjIAugust 7, 2022
i need to stop letting eddie stans get under my skin because they're the same people who are green screening themselves kissing eddie and roleplaying screaming at jason and trying to cancel metallicaAugust 7, 2022
metallica defending new fans and then those exact people canceling them 2 weeks later is so incredibly funny to me 😭August 7, 2022
metallica has been cancelled like 4 times already get over yourselves WE KNOW😭August 7, 2022
So apparently Metallica is being cancelled because of James’ iron cross guitar and because Axl Rose- Axl Rose of all people called him racist for not wanting to contribute to an album with him and Ice T the rapper.August 8, 2022
I think my favorite thing about the Metallica situation is Axl being used as a source 💀August 7, 2022