Stranger Things is a cult smash hit show amongst Netflix streaming viewers and has been for some time.
Therefore any association with the show for any artist is likely to rejuvenate or reinvigorate their standing in the world, irrespective of prior success and profile.
Right? That’s what proved true for reclusive genius Kate Bush and her classic track Running Up That Hill when it appeared in the show and for the veterans of metal Metallica when their 80’s classic Masters Of Puppets was so impressively played out for younger viewers.
Well, no not for some it seems! It seems some viewers have turned against Metallica in a seeming attempt to cancel the band after learning more about their past.
The Metallica backlash was kicked up last week with a video made by TikTok user Serena Trueblood.
The social media influencer hosts a series on the popular platform called “Is Your Fav Problematic” which dissects and scrutinises popular bands, both present and past.
In the video Metallica are questioned as to their past actions either caught on photo or video, including when former member Jason Newsted appeared to perform a Nazi salute onstage.
It is also alleged that Metallica appeared to belittle Kurt Cobain following the iconic Nirvana singer’s tragic 1994 suicide.
Trueblood throws petrol on the flames when she asserts that Metallica frontman James Hetfield was instrumental in keeping Ice-T’s Body Count off a 1992 Metallica tour with Guns N’ Roses because he is black! An early 90’s MTV News clip sources the rumour as deriving from the Guns N’ Roses’ frontman Axl Rose.
She makes a further series of claims against members of the band, principally Hetfield alleging the appearance of iron crosses and ‘goose step’ moves on stage, all fascist iconography, as evidence for her highly controversial claims which sent fans of the band into a tailspin on various social media platforms.