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This meme started when Metallica and Lou Reed leaked the very first song of the 2011 collaboration Lulu called “The View”. In this song, Lou Reed act as the main singer, except near the end where Metallica’s front man James Hetfield sing a few lines. Of his little singing time, he can be heard repeating the line “I am the table” a few times. This generated funny reactions from the fans of the band. People started to argue (joking) about the true nature of James, if he really is a table or not. People even bloged about this. On Lulu’s wiki page, James was also classified as the table a few times before it was edited out.
With the outing of James being the table, a fitting picture was also on the rise on James Hetfield’s Last.FM page.
On November 1, 2011 this picture reached the first placed and was then of course to be seen as the main picture. On November 2, 2011 however, the picture was wiped off the face of earth for seemingly no apparent reason, pure propaganda. (source)
On November 2, 2011 another table picture appeared on his page. Same thing hapenned November 3, 2011. In both cases, the table pictures were removed.
This meme can be seen the most on Metallicabb and on youtube. In recent interviews with James Hetfield, “table” comments can be seen. This leads to things like this :
The song was first released in form of a 30 sec preview september 24, 2011. The song was fully released one day latter.
At 4:03, James begins with his “I am the table” madness.