Eminem Draws Criticism for Common Gunshot-like Sound Effects At His Bonnaroo Show

Eminem Draws Criticism for Common Gunshot-like Sound Effects At His Bonnaroo Show

 

Eminem is drawing criticism from festival-goers who were frightened and upset over the rapper’s use of sound effects that to some fans resembled gunshots during his headlining performance at Bonnaroo Saturday night (June 9).

Many fans screamed and ducked as a series of loud blasts rang through the crowd during Eminem’s performance of “Kill You,” from his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP. The nervous reaction arrives at a time when concert-goers are on edge following the deadly mass shooting at last year’s Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas.

But a spokesman for Eminem told Billboard in an email that “contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show. The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect – as have hundreds of other artists – in his live show for over 10 years, including previous U.S. festival dates, without complaint.”

Social media star Andrea Russett was one of many in attendance at the Manchester, Tenn., festival who was traumatized by the sounds during Eminem’s set.

“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 w the shotgun sound effect,” Russett tweeted. “I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears.”

She continued, “To hear a gunshot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing. this is the sad reality that we are living. this is not funny or even something to be joked about.”

Some fans came to Eminem’s defense, noting that the hip-hop star has used the gunshot sound effects during past performances.

“Eminem has ended Kill You with the gunshot effects for (at least) 6 years now and this is the first time someone ever complains,” one Twitter user pointed out.

See more reactions on social media below.

Sydney@Sydneyheight1
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 w the shotgun sound effect. I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears.

— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) June 10, 2018

babye@gen_natt

Shay@HerShayness  If you can’t handle a sound of a gunshot, do not go to an Eminem concert Andrea Russett

Trill Walton@Mooque  So apparently Eminem is performing at Bonnaroo right now and a bunch of younger people are losing their shit because his set included realistic gunshot sound effects. I dunno what song(s) it was from, but it sounds to me like a bunch of people became Eminem fans post 2002.

j@arcticsnessa are y’all really that mad at eminem over a song from 2002 that has a gun sound effect

@macykatemusic 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 1 fans but to hear 3 gun shots coming straight from his set had me scared af. not gonna lie. especially in this world…

Bella Lowery@helloitsbella Honestly, fuck Eminem. Added gunshots to his set. Had to leave. So disgusting and distasteful. Shame on you.

Laia@onlyslimshady Eminem has ended Kill You with the gun shot effects for (at least) 6 years now and this is the first time someone ever complains