- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

There is an online petition to oust Metallica frontman James Hetfield from the Glastonbury Festival, not because of his music, but because the NRA member is a hunter.

“Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their support of Bear Hunting” has over 24,000 fans as of Thursday, with its creator saying: “Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield is a big game hunter and promoter. This is incompatible with Glastonbury Festivals ideals.” The festival, which will feature bands like The Black Keys and Arcade Fire, will take place June 25-29.

The page was started in large part because of the singer’s participation in an upcoming History Channel documentary titled “The Hunt,” Field and Stream magazine reported Thursday. Mr. Hetfield will narrate the series, which premieres Sunday at 10 p.m.

Field and Stream noted Mr. Hetfield’s defense of the Second Amendment in a 2013 interview with The Usual. He told the website: “I love my guns. I love that my dad handed them down to me, and I’m taking care of them. To me, though, some of the gun laws definitely don’t make any sense, but also the Second Amendment is very important to me.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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