Eminem Angers Some Fans With Gunshot Sound Effect During Performance
Following the Manchester bombing, the Pulse nightclub and Paris Bataclan terror attacks, and the mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival, you can't blame people for being mildly worried about their safety when going to a music event.
Well some people got the absolute fright of their lives while at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.
During Eminem's performance, he played 'Kill You' and at the end a loud fake gunshot rang out across the festival.
People unfamiliar with the song or the way Slim Shady usually performs it were terrified that Bonnaroo had become the latest location of tragedy.
Within seconds however, their fears were quickly dashed when they found out that it was just a sound effect.
But that didn't stop people from flooding social media with angry comments.
One person wrote: "I was having a good time at Eminem's set then he played a realistic gunshot noise. The whole crowd ducked and I've never felt more traumatized and ready to panic. Completely inappropriate."
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Another added: "Had to leave @Eminem set after third gunshot at @Bonnaroo because panic was setting in my section (front pit). Extremely realistic &scary! Would have been good to have a warning before show. #irresponsible."
Singer Macy Kate said: "Coming from a performing stand point, I get the effect of sound effects on stage, but there's a certain point that cross's the line. I'm one of Eminem's number one fans but to hear three gun shots coming straight from his set had me scared AF. Not gonna lie. Especially in this world."
But there was an equal backlash against the criticism, with people saying that Em had this effect in the original song and has used in most performances of 'Kill You'.
A person on Twitter said: "If you can't handle a sound of a gunshot, do not go to an Eminem concert."
While another said it was a part of Em's 'art', saying: "Eminem grew around gunshots; he's expressing his art whether you like it or not, that's the whole point of art and it's form. Don't blame him for what society has traumatized us with."
Eminem has been criticised about his lyrics in the past but no one has ever centred on the gunshots.
It calls into question whether people would be similarly affected by other loud noises typically heard at concerts like fireworks.
Slim Shady hasn't commented yet on the criticism.
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