Eminem is SLAMMED for reenacting Vegas shooting - but some say video is ...

Eminem has been slammed for reenacting the Las Vegas 2017 massacre, which left 60 dead and more than 800 wounded, in a music video for his new song Darkness. 

The rapper released a surprise album, Music To Be Murdered By, today. But instead of rave reviews, Eminem faced instant backlash for appearing to trivialize the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack - the deadliest shooting in US history. 

In the video, Eminem takes on the role of mass killer Stephen Paddock and portrays him opening fire on the crowd.

Eminem (pictured) has been slammed for reenacting the Las Vegas 2017 massacre, which left 60 dead and more than 800 wounded, in a music video for his new song Darkness

Eminem (pictured) has been slammed for reenacting the Las Vegas 2017 massacre, which left 60 dead and more than 800 wounded, in a music video for his new song Darkness

The video begins with footage of the rapper (pictured) pacing a hotel room

The video begins with footage of the rapper (pictured) pacing a hotel room

The lyrics describe the scene when the guman opened fire on the festival-goers. 'It's 10:05 p.m. and the curtain starts to go up. And I'm already sweatin' but I'm locked and loaded,' the rapper says on the song

The lyrics describe the scene when the guman opened fire on the festival-goers. 'It's 10:05 p.m. and the curtain starts to go up. And I'm already sweatin' but I'm locked and loaded,' the rapper says on the song

The video begins with footage of the rapper pacing a hotel room before he's replaced by an actor resembling the real-life Vegas killer, breaking a window and opening fire on the festival grounds, then shooting himself to death just before police move in. 

The rapper released a surprise album, Music To Be Murdered By, today (pictured). But instead of rave reviews, Eminem faced instant backlash for appearing to trivialize the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack - the deadliest shooting in US history

The rapper released a surprise album, Music To Be Murdered By, today (pictured). But instead of rave reviews, Eminem faced instant backlash for appearing to trivialize the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack - the deadliest shooting in US history

The lyrics describe the scene when the terrorist opened fire on the festival-goers. 

'It's 10:05 p.m. and the curtain starts to go up. And I'm already sweatin' but I'm locked and loaded,' the rapper says on the song.

'For rapid fire spittin' for all the concertgoers. Scopes for sniper vision, surprise from out of nowhere. As I slide the clip in from inside the hotel.'  

Eminem returns at the end of the video, watching a bank of TV screens with news footage recounting not just the Route 91 Festival news but reports from other mass shootings around the US. 

The screens are grouped together in the rough outline of a map of the US as the news reports turn to flag images. 

'When Will This End?' asks a message on screen. 'Register to vote at Vote.gov. Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America.'  

An actor resembling the real-life Vegas killer (pictured in the video) breaks a window and opens fire on the festival grounds, then shooting himself to death just before police move in

An actor resembling the real-life Vegas killer (pictured in the video) breaks a window and opens fire on the festival grounds, then shooting himself to death just before police move in 

Eminem returns at the end of the video, watching a bank of TV screens with news footage recounting other mass shootings around the US. The screens are grouped together in the rough outline of a map of the US as the news reports turn to flag images (pictured)

Eminem returns at the end of the video, watching a bank of TV screens with news footage recounting other mass shootings around the US. The screens are grouped together in the rough outline of a map of the US as the news reports turn to flag images (pictured)

Eminem has been blasted on social media by survivors of the deadly attack. 

'Eminem... your 'Darkness' video goes way too far... I have friends that ran at Route 91, ones that saved others. Those scenes, they don't need to relive,' one person tweeted.

Another said: 'I was there in Las Vegas seeing all the dead bodies; that new Eminem song is beyond disgusting especially the video,' wrote a Twitter user. 'I understand you want to bring light to the violence in America but that's not the way to do it. ... Now every sick person will ... think you will make a music video about them. Your creativity did not show in this one.' 

Others have jumped to Eminem's defense, praising the song's anti-gun violence theme as 'powerful' and 'moving'. 

'Thanks to Eminem for this very touching music video. No one cares until someone steps up and do something about it,' tweeted one fan. 

It is not the first time the star has waded into the debate around America's gun laws. 

Stephen Paddock (pictured) opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, killing 60 and wounding 800

Stephen Paddock (pictured) opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, killing 60 and wounding 800

At the iHeartRadio music awards in 2019 Eminem attacked the National Rifle Association, saying: 'They love their guns more than our children.' 

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