Manchester chairman Andy Burnham has hit out at Eminem for a “superfluously frightful and profoundly rude” verse about the 2017 bomb assault in the city.
In a tune on his new collection, the US star raps: “I’m mulling over shouting ‘away they go’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande show pausing.”
That is trailed by the sound of a blast.
Twenty-two individuals kicked the bucket when a suicide plane assaulted a group after Grande’s gig at Manchester Arena in May 2017.
The lines include in the tune Unaccommodating, in which the star brags about his effect on hip-jump. It shows up his album Music To Be Murdered By, which was released on Friday.
In a statement to BBC News, Mr Burnham said: “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”
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Andy Burnham (right) at the reopening of Manchester Arena in September 2017
Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the attack, also voiced her disapproval after being informed of the two songs on Friday morning.
“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”
Murray has campaigned for the introduction of Martyn’s Law, which would require venues to introduce more stringent security checks.
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Hett’s former partner Russell Hayward also voiced his disapproval of Eminem’s latest lyrics, writing: “It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time.