An online campaign has been launched against metal titans Metallica, demanding their removal from the Glastonbury 2014 lineup due to James Hetfield's hunting endeavors.
Apart from being an avid hunter, James was recently announced as the narrator of History TV series "The Hunt," focusing on bear hunting in Alaska.
Insisting that the amount of bear hunt promotion is far too excessive, a Facebook page titled Remove Metallica From Glastonbury was launched last week, now gathering over 13,000 supporters. An online petition was quick to surface, rounding up nearly 1,000 signatures so far.
"This page is an appeal to Glastonbury to remove Metallica from their lineup," the description reads. "We believe James Hetfield's support of big-game hunting is incompatible with the spirit of Glastonbury and brings its good name into disrepute."
"I doubt very much that James Hetfield is the first high-profile big-game hunter to grace the stages - I'm sure there have been many," the page admin has stated. "I do however doubt that any of them have had a prime time History show promoting his view that hunting is a good thing to do, on at the same time. This double-exposure gives his views extra publicity and acceptability, and this is where we can have an effect.
"This is about raising awareness and making both Metallica and Glastonbury aware of what appears to be a large number of people's disapproval," he concluded.
Metallica are set to headline this year's Glasto on June 28 as the first major metal band ever to grace the event's main stage. The remaining headliners include Arcade Fire and Kasabian. Among the performers are also Mogwai, who have recently ripped the metal giants, calling the band "sh-te" and Lars Ulrich "unbelievably bad, terrible drummer."