(swipe 4 more) A series of deafening blasts during #Eminem's #Bonnaroo set Saturday night prompted several festival-goers to criticize the #hiphop artist for what they described as "gunshot" sound effects.
Shortly after starting his headlining set on the #WhatStage, 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.
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 #BradKing on #Twitter. "Bad call on this headliner @ Bonnaroo." #King, who referenced the October 1 shooting at the #Route91Harvestcountrymusicfestival in #LasVegas, wasn't alone:
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. — sara (@ sarabenyo) June 10, 2018
In turn, people who have seen the rapper perform said the loud bangs are common for his concerts.
58 people died in the #Route91shooting and this is the first Bonnaroo since the shooting. Festival organizers have instituted many new safety measures, including metal detectors but while the efforts aim to quell fears, the tragedy of the fatal #LasVegasshooting remains fresh for some attendees. #TheSavageRoom