The latest album by rapper Eminem is facing backlash over lyrics that seemingly make light of the 2017 bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
The bombing, which occurred on the singer’s “thank u, next” tour, killed 23 people.
The lyrics that are offending some are from the song “Unaccommodating,” off his album Music to Be Murdered, which was released today.
Here they are:
But I’m contemplating yelling “Bombs away” on the game
Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.
Here some of the reaction to these lyrics on Twitter:
“Eminem literally just made a joke about the Manchester bombing at ariana grande’s concert… that is just so f–king sick, y’all better not give this man any attention. people literally lost their lives, and you’re going to release music and try to make a profit off of them.”
“Eminem really making a joke over that tragedy to happen at Ariana’s concert.”
In the aftermath of the bombing, Eminem made an unspecified donation to the victims.
In a Twitter post at the time, he also wrote: “Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families, Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk.”
The link he posted along with the tweet reportedly led to over $2 million in donations for the victims.
Eminem, of course, is no stranger to controversial lyrics. Just a few months ago, it was reported that the Secret Service interrogated him over lyrics about President Trump that they construed as possibly threatening.
So far, Grande has not commented about the lyrics, nor has Eminem as of yet commented on the controversy that they have caused.
Though a track on the same album references the 2017 Las Vegas shootings using a much different tone. The song is called “Darkness” and calls for stricter gun control in the United States. A video for the song was released as well.