Travis Scott sta cercando di salvare la sua reputazione e la sua carriera dopo la tragedia dell’Astroworld. Nel 2021, circa 50.000 persone hanno partecipato al festival di Scott a Houston. La folla eccitata si è alzata verso il palco, creando panico di massa e condizioni che erano mature per soffocamento e lesioni. Secondo un documento giudiziario ottenuto da NBC News, quasi 2.400 persone hanno avuto bisogno di cure mediche e 10 persone sono morte.
As the rapper makes his return to live performances, he's made a concerted effort to improve safety. In March, he announced a new safety initiative, Project HEAL, on his Instagram. He wrote that the project will "take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be."
Scott also stopped his most recent performance at Coney Island on July 4 when fans were climbing his stage equipment. In a video obtained by TMZ, Scott can be heard saying, "We need y'all to get down. Is everybody okay?" While this could be seen as signs of improvement, it reopened a wound for some victims who feel it's too little, too late.
A victim's parents are unimpressed by Travis Scott's comeback
At nine years old, Ezra Blount was the youngest victim of the Astroworld mayhem. According to Rolling Stone, Blount died due to organ injuries obtained during the devastating crush of the crowd. As his heartbroken parents have grieved in the subsequent months, they have not been interested in easing the rapper's guilt or helping his comeback. As USA Today reported, the family declined Scott's offer to pay for the young boy's funeral. "The loss of a child is like a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle. Your client's offer is declined," read an email from their attorney.
Now, as Scott is back in the headlines for stopping his latest show, Blount's family is speaking out again. Their same attorney spoke to TMZ, pointing to Coney Island as proof that Scott could have prevented Astroworld. "He knows exactly how to keep his fans safe during a concert," Alex Hilliard began. "There are 10 people who would still be alive today, including young Ezra Blount, if Travis realized his responsibility as an artist goes further than just trying to rile up his crowds."
According to Vulture, there have been 4,932 legal claims filed against Astroworld. Time will tell if Hilliard's claim that this proves Scott's control abilities will hold up in court. "The judge will not allow his paid spokesperson to sit in the witness chair and answer questions for him," Hilliard said.