Eminem criticised after 'gunshot' sound effects cause panic at festival

Fans spooked by gunshot sound effects during Eminem's Bonnaroo performance

Eminem criticised for use of gunshot sound effects during Bonnaroo set

"The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom", the statement continues.

Yikes. Eminem came under fire for terrifying festival-goers by using hyper-realistic gunshot sound effects during his Bonnaroo set.

'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.

But fans of the 45-year-old musician panicked when they heard the noises during his headlining set at the festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on Saturday night.

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Eminem, photographed onstage at Coachella, is being criticized for including realistic gunshot sound effects in his Bonnaroo set.

Following the performance, many attendees took to social media and posted videos of audience members screaming and ducking when the sound effects went off.

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

One woman tweeted that she suffers from mild PTSD and called the use of sound effects "irresponsible and distasteful". "I have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears", reports Billboard.

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The rapper drew criticism for including such an effect in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Las Vegas' Route 91 country music festival past year.

"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", one Twitter user pointed out.

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.

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