About a week ago, Eminem had gotten into a controversy after using loud boom effects during his set at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. People who attended were complaining on twitter about Eminem’s effects sounding like a real gun and causing panic. The reason people are upset is most likely linked to recent shootings that have taken place across America. Specifically the Las Vegas shooting in October of last year when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of attendees at the Route 91 Harvest music festival and killed 58 people and injured over 800 more in a span of 10 minutes.
In defense of the rapper, a spokesperson for him stated to the news organization, People:
“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 other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”
Last night at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival, Eminem responded to the controversy during his set with a message on a screen that read:
"If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn't be here.”
And of course, he used gunshot sound effects during his song, “Kill You”
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think people are overreacting? Is Eminem in the wrong? Did he handle his response correctly? Let us Know on twitter @offtophiphop