Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Travis Scott’s habit of supporting wild crowds has already led to legal problems

At least eight people died and about two dozen were injured when Travis Scott’s high-octane show – usually a sold-out event replete with mosh pits and diving – turned into scenes of utter chaos on Friday night.

Authorities have yet to determine if any security protocols were ignored at the Astroworld music festival in Houston or if someone could be to blame. Among the few details they have provided so far, officials said the “mass casualty event” started when “the crowd began to shrink towards the front of the stage,” and people panicked. Witnesses described the extraordinary physical pressure exerted by other bodies in the crowd.

That this tragedy happened on the Travis Scott Show might not come as a surprise to anyone who has been on the Travis Scott Show.

Tightly packed groups of people who start to panic become deadly, such as in 1979, when The Who concert trampled 11 people to death outside a building in Cincinnati in a matter of minutes.

However, Scott is especially known for his rowdy live performances, which have led to legal repercussions. He was arrested at least twice on charges of encouraging fans to overcome security barriers. Four years ago, a young fan sustained injuries that resulted in his paralysis while performing in Manhattan.

Speaking to GQ in 2015, the artist compared his live performances to professional wrestling, saying, “I always want it to be like WWF or some other shit. You know, rage, fun and expressions of good feelings are what I plan to do and spread around the world. “

“We don’t like people who are just standing there,” he added. “This is a restricted area.”

On Saturday, the rapper voiced his disbelief at the dramatic turn of events in his hometown of Texas.

“I am absolutely devastated by what happened last night,” Scott said Saturday in statement pledging to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies.

“I pray to families and all those affected by what happened at the Astroworld Festival,” he said, captioning, “I love you all.”

Scott cemented his reputation as a boisterous show at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago in 2015 when he took to the stage for a crowded audience – albeit briefly. Police arrested Scott and charged him with hooliganism just minutes later, saying he encouraged fans to overcome obstacles and rush to the stage, violating festival security.

“Middle finger to safety now!” Scott shouted into the microphone, as Rolling Stone had reported.

He pleaded guilty and received a one-year suspended sentence, the Associated Press reported.

A few weeks later, there was a show in New York that changed the life of one fan, Kyle Green, who was 23 at the time. Green said he was pushed off the third-floor balcony and then dragged onto the stage while he watched Scott perform. The rapper specifically urged fans on the second floor balcony to jump into the crowd, The New York Times reports, citing a video from the event.

“Don’t be afraid,” Scott can be heard speaking to his fans in the video. “They’re going to catch you.” After Green fell, Scott ordered passers-by to grab Green and bring him to the stage to put the ring on his finger, the Times reported. Greene later sued the rapper – along with his manager, concert promoter and security company that covered the event – in an ongoing case, alleging that they were all complicit in “recklessness” that resulted in Greene being partially paralyzed and in need of a disabled person. wheelchair.

But the sky-high energy of Scott’s performances continued to captivate many people who came here for the music and chaos. Collections of fans jumping into the crowd from the stage are easy to find on YouTube, as are Scott’s videos showing contempt for security personnel seeking to end the binge at his concerts. People magazine described his ability to keep guards from accessing fans as a quality that makes him sympathetic to the crowd, stating after one incident in 2018, “Travis Scott will always be behind his fans.”

Following his second arrest on social media incitement charges, a popular hashtag emerged: #FreeTravisScott.

Houston Chronicle reporter Joey Guerre felt that Scott’s stance from the stage did not give him a clear idea of ​​what was happening in front of him. Guerra told the BBC that Scott stopped the show “several times” to address issues in the crowd, adding, “I don’t think he was aware of the magnitude of this.”

Others sharply criticized Scott for not listening to the crowd’s warnings. Videos from the evening posted on social media show several people jumping onto the stage begging Scott to stop the show, but his staff brushes him off.

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