CRACKPOT conspiracy theorists have sensationally claimed that the tragic deaths of eight folks at Travis Scott’s “hellish” Astroworld live performance final week got here as a part of a “satanic blood sacrifice.”
Scott staged the occasion in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday evening, however the live performance led to tragedy when the group of round 50,000 folks instantly surged in the direction of the stage, crushing some attendees.
The eight victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 27 and have all since been recognized.
Greater than 300 others had been additionally injured. A minimum of 23 folks had been hospitalized, 5 of whom had been beneath 18. Eleven of these taken to hospital suffered cardiac arrest.
Native police are at the moment investigating the potential reason behind the obvious crowd surge, assessing whether or not there have been any “missteps” within the planning and execution of the occasion, officers mentioned.
Within the meantime, a sequence of untamed, weird and down-right disturbing conspiracy theories have surfaced on TikTok, with lots of them accusing Scott of conducting a large-scale satanic sacrifice in plain sight.
To assist the ludicrous claims, conspiracy theorists are citing a sequence of “proofs”, together with so-called hidden messages on a t-shirt worn by Scott and obvious occult symbolism within the design of the stage and in promotional materials for the occasion.
“Anybody else discover that the stage is an inverted cross resulting in a portal to Hell,” requested one TikToker, whose video has since racked up a couple of million views.
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Others identified that attendees entered the stage by the mouth of a giant sculpture of Scott’s head, likening it to the well-known “Christ in Limbo” portray by Hieronymus Bosch which depicts the “mouth of Hell.”
Most of the conspiracies spotlight that the slogan for the pageant was “See you on the opposite aspect”, which Satanic panickers are claiming hinted in the direction of the “deliberate blood sacrifice.”
“We’re all suffocating, dying, and on the display, it says ‘See you on the opposite aspect’ together with all of the Illuminati symbols and the praying hand sucking our vitality from us,” one TikToker mentioned.
“I’m 100% satisfied that this was actually an vitality harvest, that this was a satanic ritual. Travis Scott was snatching folks’s souls.”
QANON WADES IN
Members of the far-right and followers of QAnon have latched on to the misplaced hysteria and are stoking the flames of the satanic conspiracies.
“Simply extra proof that cements this as a ritual SACRIFICE…These individuals are SO UNBELIEVABLY SICK, AND EVIL,” Q influencer QAnon John wrote on-line.
“They do issues like this to mock us, as a result of they suppose we don’t know any higher…Additionally, they’re laughing at our stupidity, and naivety. There may be NO such factor as ‘coincidence’. Ever.”
He continued: “This Satanic ritual was WELL deliberate out prematurely, and offered to be IN YOUR FACE WICKED.”
The pinnacle of a white supremacist web site tweeted that “Travis Scott did a sacrifice”, including that certainly one of his albums featured “depravity.”
Day by day Wire podcaster Matt Walsh charged in a tweet that Scott was a “satanic weirdo” who inspired his crowds to “rage” and get violent.
The subject “Astroworld Sacrifice” even turned a trending subject on Fb, whereas Twitter reported seeing a rise within the variety of folks utilizing search phrases equivalent to “demonic ritual” and “blood sacrifice” when discussing the occasion.
In a single tweet, a person wrote: “Bro that s*** was a live performance in hell.. illuminati blood sacrifice kind s**t Travis Scott sacrificed so many lives tonight by not stopping that f**king present that s**ts demonic. #AstroWorld.”
“Travis Scott bought his soul to the satan. Astro World was a BLOOD SACRIFICE,” added one other.
“He took 8 harmless lives to pledge his allegiance to the occult elite. ‘He did not do it om function!’ SO WHY IS HE SINGING AS THEY CARRY OFF A DEAD BODY THEN?!? #AstroWorld.”
Different tweets fixated on the shirt worn by Scott throughout the efficiency, claiming a brand emblazoned throughout the entrance confirmed folks “turning into demons after strolling by a portal.”
“It was actually known as ‘see you on the opposite aspect’ and he wore a shirt with folks turning into demons after strolling by a portal,” one tweeter wrote.
“I hope this begins to get up the younger, pop, hip hop, and many others crowd to what’s occurring,” a person responded in settlement.
“The ultimate struggle between good and evil is coming and it being introduced LOUDLY. It’s time for everybody to resolve the place they need to spend eternity. It’s not a recreation or a joke. You may be examined.”
Different customers known as consideration to what they declare are indicators of Satanic rituals within the rapper’s efficiency, together with flames and a circle on stage.
Some even invoked astrology, surprisingly declaring the occasion came about throughout “Scorpio season”, which sounds just like the phrase “corpse.”
Others cited numerology, falsely claiming that Scott and fellow performer Drake, who additionally appeared on the live performance, “had been born 66 months 6 days aside”.
GEN-Z VULNERABLE TO FRINGE THEORIES
Specialists advised The Guardian that the viral misinformation illustrates how younger social media customers are more and more vulnerable to fringe conspiracy theories.
“We’ve got this stereotype of conspiracy theorists being older folks on social media, however younger folks can in some methods be extra vulnerable,” Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor finding out social media platforms at Syracuse College, mentioned.
“We all know that human brains actually like sensational content material, and teenage brains much more so as a result of they’re nonetheless creating,” she added.
In the meantime, Scott’s involvement within the tragedy has come beneath rising scrutiny within the 4 days since.
In a press release on Saturday evening, the common rapper wrote that he was “completely devastated” by the deaths of eight of his followers.
“My followers actually imply the world to me and I at all times wanna go away them with a constructive expertise and anytime I could make out something that’s occurring, I cease the present and assist them get the assistance they want, you already know?” he mentioned.
The rapper, whose actual title is Jacques Bermon Webster II, added that he’s working with the right authorities and is asking followers from the occasion to do the identical.
“In case you have any info, please simply contact your native authorities. Everybody proceed to simply preserve your prayers.
“I’m gonna do the whole lot I can to maintain you guys up to date and preserve you guys knowledgeable on what’s occurring,” he added.
In the meantime, his girlfriend Kylie Jenner mentioned she’s heartbroken, writing: “Travis and I are damaged and devastated. My ideas and prayers are with all who misplaced their lives, had been injured or affected in any means by yesterday’s occasions.
“And in addition for Travis who I do know cares deeply for his followers and the Houston group,” Jenner continued.
“I need to make it clear we weren’t conscious of any fatalities till the information got here out after the present and in no world would have continued filming or performing.
“I’m sending my deepest condolences to all of the households throughout this tough time and will likely be praying for the therapeutic of everybody who has been impacted.”
LAWSUITS PILE UP
Scott is reportedly dealing with quite a few lawsuits following the catastrophe at The Astroworld pageant present.
In accordance with Billboard, a pageant attendee, Manuel Souza, filed a petition in Harris County District Court docket towards Scott, organizer ScoreMore and live performance firm Dwell Nation.
The lawsuit alleges that Scott and his producing companions positioned emphasis on “a motivation for revenue on the expense of concertgoers’ well being and security.”
The plaintiff’s legal professional, Steve Kherkher, wrote: “Defendants didn’t correctly plan and conduct the live performance in a secure method.
“As a substitute, they consciously ignored the intense dangers of hurt to concertgoers, and, in some circumstances actively inspired and fomented harmful behaviors.”
Alongside Drake, Scott has additionally been accused of “inciting mayhem” throughout the Friday evening incident.
In gentle of the mounting lawsuits, Scott canceled a deliberate look on the Las Vegas pageant Day N Vegas this weekend.
He has additionally provided to pay for the funerals of the entire victims and will likely be partnering with on-line remedy supplier BetterHelp to produce one month of free one-on-one remedy for pageant attendees.
“Travis stays in lively conversations with the town of Houston, legislation enforcement and native first responders to respectfully and appropriately join with the people and households of these concerned,” Scott’s spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
“These are the primary of many steps Travis plans on taking as part of his private vow to help these affected all through their grieving and restoration course of.
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