Eminem warned fans at his Firefly Festival set of loud noises following controversy over his “gunshot”-like sound effects at last week’s Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival.
“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics you shouldn’t be here,” the rapped displayed a warning at the Dover, Delaware, event on Saturday, according to Billboard.
Eminem’s rep had previously issued a statement after it was reported the rapper’s Bonnaroo set caused festival-goers to panic after they heard “gunshots” mid-performance.
The star’s spokesperson told ET Canada: “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 of other artists — in his live show for over 10 years.”
The statement comes after The Tennessean reported that shortly after the “8 Mile” rapper’s set had started, “three separate blasts rang out” that sent people scrambling.
Numerous festival attendees questioned the wisdom of mimicking the sound of gunfire during a music festival in light of last year’s mass shooting during the Las Vegas Route 91 festival, when a heavily armed gunman killed 58 people.
The reaction on social media was fast and severe, with many blasting Slim Shady for his choice of sound effects.