Monday, 18 June, 2018

Eminem draws backlash for using 'gunshot' sound effects during show

Eminem performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday Eminem performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday
Charles Bowen | 12 June, 2018, 00:59

Eminem denied using gunshot sound effects during his Bonnaroo music festival set - amid fierce backlash from fans who said they were left traumatized when the noises made them duck in panic or run for the exits.

'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, ' the spokesperson added.

At the end, one loud bang can clearly be heard in footage uploaded by a fan at the concert.

The noises came from three pyrotechnics quickly (and loudly) going off during Eminem's set (he was performing the song "Kill You") to imitate bullets being shot.

"When eminem let off the gunshot sound effect at his bonnaroo set last night, the whole place went silent because we all thought it was real", one commenter wrote.

You can hear the sound effect right here. "This is not amusing or even something to be joked about".

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Eminem is yet to comment, however, many Slim Shady fans stood up for the legendary rapper as they rebutted the sounds have always been a part of his set, while he's long lobbied for gun control in the US.

Video from the performance quickly made its way online, and viewers were outraged given its been less than a year since the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting in Las Vegas. "Why all of a sudden is Tennessee getting all cut up about it?"

Others pointed out that Eminem wrote the song in 2002, prior to recent mass shootings and defended his choice to use the realistic effects.

"One of the issues that comes up is that, he's been doing it for many years and so have others, but it has different meaning now", Astor told Canada's CBC News.

Eminem brings his tour to London's Twickenham Stadium in July.

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