Eminem’s concert at this year’s Bonnaroo music festival left the audience shook, but it was not because the performance was top notch! In fact, the rapper actually terrified many fans in attendance by using gunshot effects and social media users are furious.
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.
Later, people took to their platforms of choice, and a debate started on whether or not it was appropriate to use those effects at such a time.
YouTube star Andrea Russett tweeted: ‘I hate to be the one to say it, but being someone who struggles with very mild PTSD, it was EXTREMELY irresponsible and distasteful to end songs with the shotgun sound effect. I have grown up loving Eminem and his music, but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears.’
She went on: ‘To hear a gunshot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing. This is the reality we are living. This isn’t funny or even something to joke about.’
‘@AndreaRussett @sandwahhh @macykatemusic found this on Instagram, the way everyone screams and the camera drops is terrifying,’ one user wrote and shared a video from the performance.
Eminem uses loud gunshots in the show and people are not chill about it. Want him to go. pic.twitter.com/QQj9jj9gG3
— 1075 The River (@1075theriver) June 10, 2018
— Sydney (@Sydneyheight1) June 10, 2018
‘Eminem uses loud gunshots in the show, and people are not chill about it. Want him to go,’ another wrote.
‘When Eminem let off the gunshot sound effect, the whole place went silent because we all thought it was real,’ one agreed.
Another tweet read: ‘Worst decision ever to ask @Eminem to play, @bonnaroo. My night was awesome but now I’m in absolute tears and shaking because I thought the multiple gunshots from his performance from across Centeroo were real. This is not OK.’
‘Being at a festival/concert in these current times brings new concerns and fears. 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 the show. #irresponsible.’