Travis Scott might act like he didn’t know how bad things really were at this year’s Astroworld Fest — but his own posts and words demonstrate … the dude knew how his fans got down, and often encouraged them to risk their safety.
There are a number of still photos Trav has posted on his Instagram account from over the years that show fans of his injured to varying degrees … from what appears to be simply attending concerts of his.
Many of the times he spotlighted a certain individual who was injured … and seemed to glorify and glamorize it, with captions like … “SHE BROKE HER HAND AND SHE DOESN’T GIVE A F***!!!” or “IT’S NOT A SHOW UNTIL SOMEONE PASS OUT.”
Here’s another one that’s especially cringeworthy in light of this weekend’s tragedy — it’s a post of a young man laid out on the floor, presumably from one of Travis’ shows, with the rapper writing, “TO THE KID THAT DIDN’T SURVIVE THE RODEO. UR A HERO IN MU BOOK.”
BTW, a lot of these posts are still up on the guy’s IG page as of this posting … which is even more telling. Frankly, this whole “rage” mentality is part of Travis’ brand, image and artistic identity … except now, people are seeing how unsafe and reckless it really is.
Travis has gotten in trouble in the past for encouraging people to rush the stage. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to charges of reckless conduct stemming from an incident at Lollapalooza. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after law enforcement said he incited a riot at a show in Arkansas.
Put aside the fact he’s been arrested/cited at least twice for inciting a riot. The real criticism doesn’t necessarily lie in him getting his fans hyped … but more so, him taking things too far, and seemingly, more often than not, refusing to lower the temperature in the room. That has led to lots of his fans getting hurt in his presence. And, even when he does acknowledge an injured person on the spot, it often comes off cold and callous.
The same scrutiny applies for this year’s Astroworld Fest — namely, there appeared to be moments when he acknowledged people were going down, but didn’t bring things to a halt.
In one instance that’s been captured on video from multiple angles, Travis clearly sees the ambulance cart working its way through the crowd, pauses for a bit, gets approached by some guys whom he shoos away … and then proceeded to incite the crowd.
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That’s now the big question … how much did Travis Scott know … and when? He claims he was unaware people were dying at the show that night and didn’t realize the severity of the situation.
But frankly, some people see these videos and think otherwise.