- Publish Date
- Monday, 11 June 2018, 2:05PM
Eminem has come under major fire after using gunshot noises at a concert over the weekend.
Performing at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, the 45-year-old rapper caused panic among concertgoers when one of his songs ended with realistic gunshot sound effects.
In videos uploaded to social media, fans in the crowd can be heard screaming and seen ducking as the gunshot sounds go off at the end of his performance of "Kill You," from his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP.
Festival-goers have taken to Twitter to criticise his decision to use the violent sound effects, with many saying the noises were inappropriate given the prevalence of mass shootings in America.
Some have even said there should have been a warning if potentially traumatising or triggering sound effects were going to be used.
While others defended the hip-hop star, pointing out that he has incorporated gunshot sound effects in his music many times before.
Following the outrage, a spokesman for Eminem said: "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."
The nervous reaction comes after the deadly mass shooting at last year's Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas.