Controversy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld


Cal Schneider

Eight people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of a crowd rush at Astroworld, a concert festival founded and headlined by rapper Travis Scott. At Astroworld, more than 300 people were injured. At least 50,000 people were in attendance and 528 police officers and 755
private security officers were present.

These horrific events were the result of thousands of people rushing the stage as Travis Scott performed. During the event, ambulances arrived at the scene but Scott only very briefly paused the show. Which unfortunately has led to his possible cancellation on social media.

The controversy has arisen because of the lack of concern for the audience from the event producers and Scott. There have been several videos released of people screaming at Scott to stop the concert because someone has died, however, he kept performing. Scott later issued an apology letter which has been widely regarded as “fake” by social media and his fans.

Witnesses have stated that it was “hard to breathe” and “hard not to get swept by the crowd”. In fact, a 10-year-old was considered to be in critical condition, and a 9-year old was put into a medically induced coma. Eight people ranging from 14-27 have died.

Travis Scott has a history of rowdy concerts. In 2017, a man was pushed off a balcony and ended up paralyzed. In November 2019, three people were trampled and hospitalized at an Astroworld Event.

As this controversy continues, it will be very interesting to see how the media will keep acting and whether Scott will continue being one of the biggest faces of rap in America.