The Astroworld tragedy has devastated so many music fans for a month now, but the incident is going to be engraved in our minds for a while more as negligence and safety precautions in the mosh pit are being considered. In his most recent interview appearance, Travis Scott has hurt people further by his ambiguous words and statements that go nowhere near taking responsibility for what the singer and his management did on the day of.
“I’ve been on different types of emotions, an emotional rollercoaster, I mean. It gets so hard because, you know, I always feel connected with my fans. I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something.” Said Travis Scott not at all accepting the responsibility, which many fans were able to record live via videos.
Attendees being crushed are seen trampled, screaming, waving over the management and singer but nobody seemed to take notice or stop the show when the whole tragedy could have been avoided or at least minimized. 10 people lost their lives as a result of the extreme negligence, and all Travis Scott had to offer families of victims was, “And it really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city. There’s been a lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving, and just trying to wrap my head around it.”
Families have given out their own statements as a response and they are enraged. “You don’t get to put back responsibility somewhere else. These are lessons we learn like children.” said a deceased victim, Axel Acosta’s lawyer (hired by his family) in a statement to Rolling Stone.
Adding, “If he said, ‘I might not be solely the problem, and I’m not solely responsible but that my conduct played a part,’ that doesn’t alleviate the families of their pain, but it at least doesn’t cause any more. What he’s doing now is just causing people more pain.”
The interview aired on Charlamagne Tha God’s YouTube channel with himself as host and Travis Scott as a sole guest. It also includes Scott claiming he didn’t see fans struggling at all saying, “I stopped it a couple of times to just make sure everybody was OK. And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective — call and response. I just didn’t hear that,” all this while there are live videos from the event where fans are seen getting trampled and crushed, and the singer continuing his show.
In a court proceeding a couple of days earlier, the singer’s attorney also filed to deny any responsibility for negligence that caused the 10 casualties, in addition to the cases being barred from being brought to be filed. More than 140 lawsuits have been filed from concert-goer’s present and their families.
Houston attorney James Lassiter, hired by the family of Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old university student that died at the concert, addressed Scott’s attempt at shunning responsibility saying, “Travis Scott’s attempt to escape responsibility for creating a deadly situation from which his fans could not escape is shameful and, sadly, true to form.”