Eminem headlined the Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival this weekend but some folks are criticizing him for some of the sound effects he used during the performance. Apparently not long after he kicked off his set Saturday night, noise that sounded like gunshots rang out on stage, and some are questioning the decision to include them.
One social media post noted the noise had “the crowd shook,” especially in light of the recent mass shootings, especially the one at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas where 58 people died.
"Less than a year after Vegas and @Eminem thinks it's a good idea to blast gun shot sfx onstage at a music festival?" one person wrote on Twitter. "Bad call on this headliner @Bonnaroo." And another person added, “Eminem needs stop poppin off guns during his show.. literally has everyone ducking, weaving AND bobbing.”
Meanwhile, others don’t understand the fuss since Em has been using those sound effects for years. As one person noted, “i literally saw eminem less than a week ago NO ONE was triggered / scared of the gunshot noise that has been performed for YEARS LMAO you’re begging for attention go home.”
- A spokesperson for Em later denied he uses gunshot sounds in his set. “Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” the spokesperson said in a statement to People. “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 other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”
Check out the reactions below and the sound effects below...
Source: USA Today
Pyrotechnics imitating a gunshot during Eminem’s Bonaroo set had the crowd shook 😶 pic.twitter.com/ZCWSlI8s3Z— N@ (@natsasss) June 10, 2018
i literally saw eminem less than a week ago NO ONE was triggered / scared of the gunshot noise that has been performed for YEARS LMAO you’re begging for attention go home https://t.co/E9ZCZuFORE— kailey (@kaileypost666) June 10, 2018
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— Laia (@onlyslimshady) June 10, 2018