Forever considered cultural outsiders, the alternative to the norm, it seems we metalheads are finally getting “cool” – at least on social media. In fact, according to TikTok and what has now brought in billions – yes, billions – from searches related to Weird stuffEddie Munson on the platform, we’re getting a little… er… fetishized too?
Eddie Munson conquered the hearts of millions in the final season of Netflix hit Weird stuff after saving his friends from nightmarish creatures living in the Upside Down, via a kickass playthrough of Metallica’s Puppeteer. Since then, Munson’s status as a pop culture hero has taken on new meaning through TikTok and other social media platforms — he’s now also considered a heartthrob.
To put hard facts into the equation, the hashtag #eddiemunson alone has over 11 billion views on TikTok. eleven. Billion. In addition, the hashtag #eddiemunsonedit itself has amassed more than 1.6 billion views. On TikTok, an “edit” usually consists of videos and images merged together, often with some sort of punchy or uplifting soundtrack playing over the top, made to promote the idea that the subject is something of a “thirst trap” (read: absolutely hottie). Yes, it’s true: billions of views are now devoted to thirsting for Eddie Munson.
In addition, there is the hashtag #eddiemunsonpovseries, which has almost 16 million views. Point-of-view posts are videos created so the viewer can pretend they’re actually interacting with the character behind the screen—in this case, Eddie Munson himself (yes, really).
It goes on. One of the more fascinating videos we’ve seen is of a young Eddie Van Halen interacting with his son Wolfgang when he was a baby in an adorable home video. Since Eddie Munson’s mullety haircut sometimes makes him look strikingly like Van Halen (no coincidence, we’re sure), younger fans are now starting to favor the legendary guitarist and fantasize about the clip, even pretending it’s the clip. Weird stuff metalhead in a family setting. Yes, there are things For real foreign.
So weird, in fact, that some real metalheads and alternative music fans are even hitting back at the craze.
Expressing their frustration over TikTok (albeit humorously), one user writes in a video: “You all want an Eddie Munson until they don’t wash for 4 days, their hair is EVERYWHERE and you can’t find them in the pit because they look like like every other person out there.”
Another is publicly targeting Eddie Munson fans who may not have been interested in the metal community before Weird stuff and underscores the issues of bullying that many metal fans face in real life, saying, “Don’t call me slander in public places anymore.”
Another explains: “People pretend ‘Eddie Munson is so hot’ but still yell ‘goff’ at me in the street”.
Watch some of the videos below to get a sense of just how big — and frankly, quirky — the Eddie Munson craze is getting. Heed this warning, though: the POVs will either make you cringe or make your heart flutter. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.
Check them out below:
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♬ Master of Puppets – Metallica (opens in new tab)
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