Metallica’s Hetfield Detained for Taliban Beard

James Hetfield Taliban Beard Photo Does this man look like a Taliban terrorist to you?

If so, you might qualify for employment with British airport security.

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  1. As a citizen of the free world, I’m starting to get pretty annoyed by detaining all these people for “looking like terrorists.” As a longtime Metallica fan, I’m both annoyed for James and incredibly amused. Out of all the things this guy could – and maybe even should – have been detained for over the years, looking like a terrorist is by far the least of them.

  2. Ah, but don’t we all just feel so much safer with all the “vigilance” on display by the governments of the Free World?

  3. carpeicthus says:

    They probably were fans of Napster.

  4. He should have been arrested for spewing all the carbon dioxide to get to the Live Earth show. “Sad but True.”

  5. Sal says:

    Its clear they’re no fans of Metallica. First their music is used to torture terror suspects in Guantanamo, and now they’re terror suspects! They’ll be playing their songs backwards searching for hidden messages next. LOL