Eminem Hits Back At Gunshot Critics

Celebs June 19, 2018 By Hugo

Eminem used his performance at the Firefly Festival in Delaware to hit back at critics who took umbrage at his apparent 'gunshot' sound effects. 

With the two large screens projected at both side of the stage, Eminem's response to the matter read,"If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics you shouldn't be here."

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Never one to bow down the public approval, Eminem has made a career out of being brutally honest, but last week's performance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee resulted in some audience members mistaking his ill-considered sound effects for gunshots, and it soon sparked a fierce debate.

In his song 'Kill You', audience members genuinely believed they were under attack, and after last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, you can hardly blame fans for feeling a tad annoyed with the star.

Though inadvertent, it was perhaps ill-considered to use gunshot sounds in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and Manchester bombing, but Eminem's spokesperson released a statement after Bonnaroo that read: "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." 

Despite Em's response, it seemed reasonably evident from the fans' reactions that the sound effects sounded much like gunfire.

What are your thoughts on this? Should Eminem's response be more considered and reflective of his fans' concerns? Or was he right to speak his mind?

As always, lets us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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