Updated: Dec 7, 2021
In all recent accounts of the Astroworld tragedy, there has been much
criticism and judgment aimed at Travis Scott and many feel he is solely
responsible for the misfortune. While the rap star has offered condolences
for the families who lost loved ones and expressed his support by paying
for the costs of burials, some feel that he has not adequately compensated
for his involvement in the tragic event.
Should Scott be doing more to compensate for the loss due to the
occurrences of that fatal event? Is he showing his remorse, and is he solely
responsible? These and many other questions are surfacing in wake of the
tragedy. How is the accountability for the mishap being assessed?
While there is speculation around Scott taking action, initiative and
taking a stand during his performance to put a stop to what is being
deemed a “riot”, the question remains regarding him being the only one
who should assume the responsibility.
Scott was the headliner of the festival (it was not considered to be a
concert) and whether he secured the venue and orchestrated the event or
was invited by an outside planner to perform at the venue, the
accountability cannot fall one person or party. There were simply too many
entities involved in developing the event to let blame fall in only one place.
Logistics of an event of this magnitude require several hands on deck
to make it a success. Planners, promoters, enforcers, etc. need to come
together to ensure a great outcome. But just as many hands should be
smeared with the “blood” in an occasion such as Astroworld. While Travis
was the performer at the show, there was a lot more people involved in
getting him to actually take the stage.
Scott is also making due on some sort of restitution by paying for the
burial costs and refunding ticket sales for the show scheduled to take place
the following day, but who else is trying to make amends? Who else is
accepting accountability? This remains to be seen and we hope it will be as
the investigation unfolds.