Sometimes ‘sorry’ is not enough

Brooke Robinson, Staff

After the tragic events following the music festival “Astroworld” rapper Travis Scott issued a half-hearted “apology” to the press. 

“Everybody just continue to keep your prayers—- I mean, I’m honestly just devastated, and I could never imagine anything like this happening,” said Scott. 

This disingenuous apology lacks any sympathy or responsibility for the tragedy, and many fans have been calling him out. 

Scott’s music festival “Astroworld” started with dancing and screaming fans and booming amps. However, it didn’t last long. The crowd began to push forward as more people filled the venue. 

When Scott started his set, things took a turn for the worse. People were suddenly getting trampled and passing out. When all was said and done, ten people lost their lives and many more were injured.

Yet while people were being trampled, Scott continued his set as medical personnel arrived. People struggled, trying to leave. Others screamed for him to stop the show as lifeless bodies were carried out. 

Scott has recently announced that he will be issuing refunds to everyone who purchased tickets to his show, and therapy to those who were affected. Neat.

Although Scott is trying to help, it’s far too late. He could have taken better precautions and safety measures and stopped performing, and he could have issued a much more sincere apology. 

At countless other shows, musicians have stopped their shows to protect their fans. For example, at a Nirvana show in 1993, singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain stopped his show to help a woman who was being assaulted while crowd surfing. In September of 2019, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden stopped a show for the same reason.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters stopped multiple shows due to bad behavior in the pit. 

When it comes to a celebrities’ fanbase, they have an obligation to protect their fans because, in the end without the fans, they wouldn’t have a career.