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Eminem Faces Backlash Over Gunshot Sound Effects At Bonnaroo Show



Eminem lands on hot waters for using gunshot sound effects during his headlining set at Bonnaroo Music Festival 2018 on Saturday, June 9.

The rapper was performing the track "Kill You" from his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP when the loud blast resounded throughout the venue.

Eminem Criticized For Gunshot-Like Sound Effect

In a viral video posted on Twitter, fans can be seen singing along to the track. However, many screamed and ducked after the sound effect, which sounded like a gunshot, echoed from the speakers.

The video was cut after the explosion, but many were upset by the addition of the sound effect. Several attendees reported on social media that the audience were terrified, fearing that a mass shooter was in the vicinity.

In a now-deleted tweet, social media star Andrea Russett slammed the rapper for using the sound effect and reported that some people even dropped to the floor for cover.

"I hate to be the one to say it, but being someone who suffers from very mild PTSD, it was EXTREMELY irresponsible and distasteful to end songs [with] the shotgun sound effect," she wrote. "I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears."

Many echoed her statement and criticized the rapper for using gunshot sound effects during his set. Apparently, about 3-4 banging sounds were heard scattered throughout the performance.

While the sounds of gunshots heard at the event were not real, it is understandable that festival-goers are on edge. Last year, an attacker killed 58 people and wounded more during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Muse and The Killers also headlined the 2018 Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Fans Defend Eminem

In a statement to Billboard, a spokesperson for the Grammy-winning artist explained that they do not use gunshot sound effects for live shows. "[C]ontrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show," they said in a statement.

"The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom."

They also argued that Eminem and a number of other performers have been using the sound effect for years now. However, this is the first time that they have received a complaint. Loyal fans of the 48-year-old have also taken to Twitter to defend the world-renowned rapper. They revealed that Eminem has been using the sound effect on recordings and during live performances since 2000.

Some pointed out that the "Stan" rapper also used the same sound effect when he performed a headlining set at this year's Governors Ball in New York City.

Eminem will perform next at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on Saturday, June 16.

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