Survivors decry Eminem's 'Darkness' music video depicting the Las Vegas shooting, calling it 'horrific' and 'triggering'

Business Insider | 1/17/2020 | Paulina Cachero
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Rap legend Eminem's new music video for "Darkness" recreated the 2017 Las Vegas shooting from the perspective of the attacker.

While some fans praised the video as a bold call for expanded gun control, survivors and experts are outraged.

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As one Las Vegas survivor told Insider, the video brought back "the entire night and what we went through."

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In a shadowy hotel room littered with alcohol, prescription drugs, and AR-15 rifles, a lone man pulled back the curtains at exactly 10:05 p.m. local time to aim and fire out the window at a crowd of music festival-goers.

The harrowing scene comes from rapper Eminem's newest music video for the track "Darkness," the first single in his anticipated album "Music to Be Murdered By." The chilling video released today was a call to expand gun control, and it recreated the 2017 Las Vegas shooting in which Stephen Paddock fired at a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from his 32nd-floor hotel room.

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Long-time fans have praised the rap legend for making such a bold political statement in his unexpected return to music. But for Melissa Williams, a 40-year-old survivor of the Las Vegas shooting, the video was "horrific" and "triggering."

The Las Vegas shooting left 59 dead and over 500 injured — the worst mass shooting in modern American history. And while the incident occurred two years ago, many of the survivors continue to grapple with the physical and mental toll of the incident.

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Williams, who started a non-profit to support fellow Las Vegas survivors called 58 Strong, said many of the survivors were outraged and triggered by the video's graphic details of the incident, including real, live footage from the festival grounds.

"For survivors, it brings back that entire night and what we went through," Williams...
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