Last month at the festival in Houston Texas hundreds of fans were injured along with the 10 that died when the crowd became overcrowded, manic, and violent. The crowd urged Travis Scott to stop the show, but the rapper kept performing allegedly unknowing of the tragedy that was occurring. The situation is being categorized as a mass casualty incident.
Travis Scott Tells Charlamagne Tha God He Feels Like He’s Being Forced to Carry the Blame
Travis sat down with Charlamagne tha God this past Thursday. Scott was then asked if he felt like people were “forcing responsibility” on him since he is the face of the Astroworld Festival. Scott then agreed with this question stating, “Well yeah, you know, I’m the face of the festival, I’m an artist,” continuing to say, “So yeah, the media is…They wanna put it on me.”
In the 51-minute interview, Scott continued to state that he is now focusing on a solution to make sure this type of tragedy doesn’t ever happen again.
“I think it’s more so about stepping up to figure out what the problem is, and I can take that,” he explained. “I can take stepping up to figure out what the problem is. I can take stepping into figuring out the solution [so it] never happens again, ’cause that’s what I genuinely wanna do in general.”
Scott continued, “I definitely wanna step in to figure out how can we fix this in the future. What can we do to change these things?”
When Travis Scott was asked to what degree does he feel responsible for what occurred, Scott explained again that he would like to focus on finding a solution to the problem and taking active steps to ensure change for the future.
“Fans come to the show to have a good experience, and I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here, I have a responsibility to figure out the solution,” he said. “Hopefully this takes the first step into us as artists having more insight of what’s going on and the professionals to surround and figure out more of an intel, whether it’s tech, whether it’s more of a response, whether it’s… Whatever the problem is, to figure out that, and then in the future and moving forward and concert safety, make sure this never happens again.”
Travis Scott made a point to state that he tried to do everything he could to help the situation with the information he had when he was performing.
Scott has been severely scrutinized for the public responses he made about the tragedy. In the interview, he voiced that he regrets this because he had no information before he posted his responses.
In a written statement that was posted on Scott’s Twitter account at the time read, according to BuzzFeed, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”
Additionally, in a video that had been posted to his Instagram story, Scott stated: “I just wanna send out prayers to the [lives] that were lost last night. We’re actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time.”
“My fans really mean the world to me, and I always just really want to leave them with a positive experience,” he added. “Anytime I can make out anything that’s going on, I stop the show and help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”
Scott explained, “I was just in a headspace of trying to get a communication out to my fans. I had literally no information,” The tweet and the Instagram story video was his initial reaction to the tragedy. “I was just trying to figure it out and just communicate to them.”
“But at the end of the day, I just wanted to get something out,” he went on after revealing he regretted posting the video. “How my message came out, I can’t… I can only go off what I know. But my true intentions of it was really just trying to get a message across and I really wanted to just [get in] touch with the fans, [get in] touch to the families that we hear, we grieve, and we’ll get through this process.”
For the families of those whose loved ones died at the Astroworld Festival, Scott says he will “always be there to help.”
“I’d say to them that I’m always here and that I’m in this with you guys and I love you,” he said when asked what he would say to the families who might be watching the interview. “I’ll always be there to help you guys heal through this. I understand what they’re going through — they’re grieving right now, they’re finding understanding right now. It’s not just a right-now thing, it’s a forever thing.”
Although Travis Scott said this, it was reported last week that multiple families declined Scott’s offer to pay for the funeral costs. He then called this decision “understandable.”
“All things are understandable, and at a time, they’re grieving, they’re trying to find understanding and they want answers,” he said in response to a question about the situation. “It’s not about that. I’m always gonna be here to wanna help them. I gotta continue to just show up for that. I just wanted to make sure that they knew that I was there for them and continue to be there for them.”
Before Scott’s interview, he denied legal liability for the tragedy in court documents responding to the lawsuits against him, which results in the estimated amount of $3 billion.
On December 6th, a request from Scott’s attorneys requested had been made to dismiss him from the 11 lawsuits filed against him. In court documents acquired by a myriad of media outlets, Scott and his company “generally deny the allegations” that were made in the lawsuits and “respectfully request that the claims against these Defendants be dismissed with prejudice.”
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