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    Eminem performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    Eminem in Hot Water for Using 'Realistic' Gunshot Sound Effects During Show

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    Some festival-goers have lashed out at 45-year-old Eminem on Twitter for using gunshot effects as part of his performance, which, according to them, instilled panic in the crowd.

    As he performed the famous “Kill You” track at the Bonnaroo music festival on Saturday, the rapper used “realistic” gunshot sound effects that left some fans terrified as they recalled last year’s deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas festival, when Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel room at the crowd, killing 58 and wounding more than 800 people.

    It appears that a popular YouTube star, 22-year-old Andrea Russett was among those who were traumatized by the effects:

    "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 w the shot gun sound effect. i [sic] have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears," she wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

    Many others, however, defended Eminem, saying that the lion’s share of rappers have used the gunshot sound effects for years:

    Meanwhile, Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg took to Instagram to dispel the rumors about gunshot sound effects, explaining that the artist used a pyrotechnic concussion that created a “loud boom.”

    In March, the rap artist broke into an explicit freestyle rap blasting the National Rifle Association (NRA) with the message “They love guns more than our children,” during his iHeartRadio performance at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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    gun control, gun violence, National Rifle Association (NRA), Eminem, United States
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