Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Eminem Upsets Fans With Gunshot Sound Effects at Bonnaroo

Eminem Upsets Fans With Gunshot Sound Effects at Bonnaroo

Gunshot sound effects at an outdoor music festival, when memories of last year's Las Vegas concert massacre are still fresh, goes way beyond poor taste, critics told Eminem after his Saturday night set caused panic at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee.

Eminem, 45, chose the wrong sound effects for his headlining performance at Bonnaroo on June 9.

"He has used this effect - as have hundreds other artists - in his live show for over 10 years, including previous United States festival dates in 2018 without complaint".

'He has used this effect - as have hundreds other artists - in his live show for over 10 years, including previous U.S. festival dates in 2018 without complaint, ' the spokesperson added.

The rapper drew criticism for including such an effect in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Las Vegas' Route 91 country music festival a year ago.

Another fan noted, "I was having a good time at Eminem's set, then he played a realistic gunshot noise. I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears".

In one cell phone video, fans are singing along to Eminem, but when they hear the sound effects, some scream and the person holding the phone drops it. This is the reality we are living.

"The Kill you outro gunshot has been part of The Eminem live shows since 2001", said the fan account Mainly Eminem.

Three separate gunshot-type sounds rang out during his set, which sparked tweets disparaging the Detroit rapper because of the timing of the effects amid recent mass shootings, the Tennessean reported. Many others have also voiced their criticism online.

"Artists need to ask what kind of responsibility they have when the norms of the culture change to the point that people are actually afraid of being shot".

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