Metallica drummer Las Ulrich said he would leave the US if Donald Trump won the election, but being a liberal he is full of shit and didn’t follow through. The band’s singer/guitar player James Hetfield however has integrity when it comes to moving away from a place his disagrees with ideologically. Metallica’s frontman recently moved out of California because, as he says, he was sick of the liberal elitists.
Hetfield moved from the San Francisco area, where he has lived since the early 1980’s, to Vail, Colorado. On The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Hetfield explained to the host what prompted the move:
“I kind of got sick of the Bay Area, the attitudes of the people there, a little bit. They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it’s fine if you’re diverse like them. But showing up with a deer on the bumper doesn’t fly in Marin County. My form of eating organic doesn’t vibe with theirs,” Hetfield said.
Hetfield is an avid hunter and a member of the NRA, so the fact that California has the strictest gun control laws in the country probably contributed to his move. Still, it was the people, not the laws, that got under Hetfield’s skin.
“There was just a… I don’t know… I felt that there was an elitist attitude there — that if you weren’t their way politically, their way environmentally, all of that, that you were looked down upon,” continued Hetfield.
Hetfield describes people in Colorado as being the opposite of Californians in that. “they’re less obsessed with stopping what you’re doing and more enjoying what they’re doing.” He also said the “attitude” in California was “unhealthy” for him and he felt like he was fighting all the time.
Hetfield finished up by saying that liberal Californians are completely intolerant of different points of view:
“I kind of just took it as, okay, that’s how it’s been for me in the Bay Area. People don’t understand it. It’s just like with anything. I don’t think they understand that someone can be as passionate about something else as passionate as they are about what they are passionate about. So if you’re as passionate about something, there’s someone who’s opposite, and that’s okay. You can get along, you can talk about it. No one’s right, no one’s wrong. This is my life; I like living it this way. You like living your life that way. I totally get it. But we can coexist in this. And let’s really be diverse,” Hetfield said.
While I agree wholeheartedly with Hetfield’s assessment of liberal California elitists, I’m not sure Vail, CO is the place to escape that. Colorado has been turning bluer ever year and Vail is the playground of rich liberal elitists. Sure, The Rocky Mountain State has better hunting and gun laws, but for how long? It’s just a matter of time before liberals ruin Colorado the way they’ve destroyed California. They are like a cancer.
It is nice to see a musician, especially one from a band I love, who isn’t a radical leftist. I don’t like or hate a band based on the personal politics of the members, its all about the music for me, but it is kind of refreshing that James Hetfield respects personal liberty, individuality, and the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.