On November 5th 2021, Travis Scott performed at the Astroworld Music Festival. Thousands of fans awaited him before the stage as he got ready to perform his setlist. Little do they know that some of these fans were going to have a near-death experience. By the end of the evening, eight (as far as we know) have been injured or killed. Many people are flooding Twitter and other social media outlets claiming that there is no way that Scott did not know that people were being hurt and killed in the crowd. Scott continued to perform his setlist, ignoring the cries of thousands of fans to beg him to stop and pay attention to the people who were losing their lives and were injured. They are all saying things in different ways but the one thing they all can agree on is that a music festival is somewhere you go to enjoy escaping the world, not to have your final breath.

Camryn Sample, a sophomore at Indiana State, reflects on the tragic events that occurred. “He should have seen it. I don’t see how he didn’t.” Sample says, “There is no way that he did not see or hear thousands of fans yelling at him to cut the music and stop performing. If you look into a crowd and see that they are not energetic, you can only assume that the concert is either not enjoyable and people are leaving or the people are scared and they're trying to get out for their own safety.” Many people have been wondering what consequences will come to Travis Scott in light of this catastrophic event. Some want him in jail, some want him just to be banned from performing at future festivals. Sample responds, “I do not see what sort of legal action people could take here. If he were part of a first responder, maybe – however, I don't know how that fits into people who don't have any medical background. I do however think that he deserves consequences on a career basis. I do not think that people should host him for any more festivals or concerts and this probably ruined his chance at a stadium tour. No brand or talk show is going to want to host him now.”

Scott tweeted five days ago that he was “absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” and that “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at the Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I'm committed to working together with the Houston Community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to the Houston PD, Fire Department in the NRG park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.” This tweet sparked conversation amongst millions of people who claim the apology seems very generic and not specifying anything that happened that night. “He didn't own up or take any responsibility for any of the mistakes he made.” Sample says. “He simply stated that they were in his thoughts and prayers and that he was in support of the police department. The police department can only do so much when you're encouraging fans to partake in reckless behavior.”

An investigation by the Houston Police Department is ongoing.