Before the rapper took the stage, a message was displayed on the screen that read, "If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics you shouldn't be here"
During Eminem's performance of "Kill You" from 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, the loud boom of pyrotechnics was mistaken for the sound of shots by festival-goers.
Many attendees were visibly shaken up by the sound. In a tweet that has since been deleted, YouTube star Andrea Russett wrote, "I hate to be the one to say it, but being someone who suffers from 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," reports Billboard.
After reports of gunshot sound effects during Eminem's Bonnaroo set last week, a representative clarified to Complex that the sounds were the product of the same pyrotechnics the rapper has been using at his shows for decades. "Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show," the statement reads. "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."