A series of deafening blasts during Eminem’s Bonnaroo set Saturday night prompted several festival-goers to criticize the hip hop artist for what they described as “gunshot” sound effects.
Shortly after starting his headlining set on the What Stage, three separate blasts rang out during his performance sparking debate on social media over whether such sound effects are appropriate in the context of recent mass shootings.
Pyrotechnics imitating a gunshot during Eminem’s Bonaroo set had the crowd shook 😶 pic.twitter.com/ZCWSlI8s3Z
Dozens of tweets emerged almost immediately criticizing Eminem for the use of such sound effects.
“Less than a year after Vegas and @Eminem thinks it’s a good idea to blast gun shot sfx onstage at a music festival?” wrote Brad King on Twitter. “Bad call on this headliner @Bonnaroo.”
— Brad King (@BradKing32) June 10, 2018