The rapper was performing a set at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee on Saturday night, when his song Kill You, from his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP, used gunshot sounds.
Eminem had not commented about the Bonnaroo incident at press time. The hip-hop star's decision to use the violent sound effects incited a backlash on social media, with many people saying the noises were inappropriate given the prevalence of mass shootings in the U.S.
Despite the fact that some diehard fans noted Eminem's concerts have incorporated gunshots for many years, there's no doubt that in the light of many shootings in schools, concerts and other public spaces lately, people were quick to panic. "I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears", reports Billboard.
'To hear a gun shot 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, ' Andrea continued. "He has used this effect - as have hundreds other artists - in his live show for over 10 years, including previous USA festival dates in 2018 without complaint". The clip was reposted, with another user describing the screams from the crowd as "terrifying".
Rapper Eminem has sparked a heated debate online after using "gunshot" sound effects during a live show.
Although the sound effects are nothing new for an Eminem show, the current climate is different, as one Twitter user pointed out.