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Eminem fans livid after being scared by gunshot sound effects at Bonnaroo concert

A gunshot sound effect was used in Eminem's set at Bonnaroo and led some fans to leave the show saying they were traumatized.


Emily Treadgold


Eminem was headlining Bonnaroo on Saturday and during the performance of his song "Kill You" the realistic gunshot sounds had members of the audience panicking.

 

A representative for Eminem said he didn't use the sound effects. The statement read, "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 US festival dates, without complaint."

 

Fans have mixed reactions to the set. Since there have been multiple shootings at concerts and festivals, it would be in poor taste to have gunshot effects at a festival.

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 US festival dates, without complaint.

Representative For Eminem

One Twitter user said, "Had to leave Eminem set after 3rd gunshot at @Bonnaroo cuz panic was setting in my section (front pit). Extremely realistic & scary! Would have been good to have a warning before show."

 

Another fan, Andrea Russett, was very traumatized, saying, "To hear a gunshot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing."

 

Other fans defended his actions, explaining on Twitter, "The Kill you outro gunshot has been part of The Eminem live shows since 2001. Why all of a sudden is Tennessee getting all cut up about it?"

Ron Avi Astor, a professor at the University of Southern California, said many artists would have to reevaluate the way they perform, telling Canada's CBC News, "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. Artists need to ask what kind of responsibility they have when the norms of the culture change to the point that people are actually afraid of being shot."

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