Video of a child at Astroworld triggers fury: 'Who brings a toddler to a concert?'
A video of a small child at Travis Scott's deadly Atroworld concert has sparked debate on social media. “Still can’t believe this little toddler was here,” text overlay on the video, which is viral, reads. “Everyone was trying to protect him once it got crazier but it was hard to get out.”
The video, posted by @aa.janel, has garnered at least 3.1 million views since being posted. The viral clip shows a small boy in the arms of an adult as fans around them jump up and down. People could not believe that parents could bring a toddler to a concert like this. “To bring a child into the pit, during COVID, no ear protection, around people under the influence… what on earth is wrong with people?” one comment on the video reads. Others, however, claimed that parents must not be blamed as the child may have wanted to come to the concert, considering Travis Scott has been marketed to children through McDonald’s and Fortnite campaigns. “Don’t blame the parents, blame it on the fact that there was zero age restriction,” one commenter wrote. “Blame it on Travis being marketed to kids through McDonald’s and (Fortnite).”
Everybody tripping about a 9YO kid being at #astroworld #TravisScott concert yet he made it all ages.— Sydnee Taylor 🇺🇸❤️ (@sydneetaylor) November 9, 2021
9-year-old #ezrablount wasn’t the youngest there. This toddler/small child was too. He markets through McDonald’s and Fortnite pic.twitter.com/AaLCaqe5eJ
On the other hand, some users claimed that parents should have known when to take their children home. “Yes, parents take kids to concert all the time,” a commenter wrote. “As a parent you need to know when enough is enough. The crowd should have been, ‘enough, let’s go.'”
Meanwhile, among the survivors of Travis Scott's Astroworld concert tragedy is nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who is fighting for his life in a children's hospital after falling from his father's shoulders and being trampled by panick-stricken fans. "He’s still in a critical condition in an induced coma, we are praying and waiting," said Ezra's aunt Taylor Gabrielle Blount. Ezra is reportedly suffering from brain swelling that is increasing. His organs are damaged.
“We were told he wasn’t expected to live, but it’s been three days so we’re praying he pulls through. He’s a fighter," Ezra's aunt told The Sun. “My brother passed out in the crowd after the crowd began to push them. He had Ezra on his shoulders. When my brother woke up, he couldn't find him."
Among other survivors is 10-year-old Thomas Drought, who was found on the floor of the concert with head injuries, as per sources. However, unverified sources on Twitter claimed that he has succumbed to his injuries, but no official report has been released confirming the news.
At least eight people died and several others injured when chaos broke out at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, on Friday night, November 5. Video footage of the festival is being widely circulated on social media, showing a stampede of fans breaking through a fence. The videos also show people attending the festival dancing on ambulances. Some witnesses have claimed that the rapper stopped his show several times to urge security guards to help his fans, while some believe that he did not do wnough to protect his fans.