Astroworld Festival Videos: ‘There Is Someone Dead’, ‘Stop The Show’ Pleas Going Unheeded

General rule: when someone says “there is someone dead,” you should bleeping stop what you are doing bleeping immediately and investigate further. And when people combine the words “dead” and “stop the show,” stop the bleeping show.

Yet, videos allegedly from the Astroworld Festival seem to show otherwise. This concert, headlined and organized by rapper Travis Scott, took place at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, on Friday night. And it turned deadly when surging crowds left at least eight people dead and dozens injured.

Here’s an example of such a video:

Are you bleeping kidding? As you can see, two concert goers appeared to climb onstage and plead “there is someone dead” and “stop the show” to a camera person. But did the camera person then make any effort to actually stop the show? Did he investigate any further or at least enlist others around to help? Or did he just go about his regular business? Well, take a look at the video and decide for yourself.

In what freaking universe, is it OK to just go back to work when someone says, “there is someone dead?” Yes, there is the phrase “I’m dead” that you may use when you’ve seen something really funny. But two concert goers are not going to make the effort to climb on stage and risk being hauled away by security just to tell you that they’ve seen a funny cat meme. It’s not as if the two concert goers were laughing or stumbling over themselves as well. They looked pretty darn serious.

In such a context, “dead” is not a vague word. You’ve got to take words like “dead”, “bleeding everywhere”, “unconscious”, “arm fell off”, and anything else that clearly states danger seriously. All of us depend on each other to be Good Samaritans to help when urgent help is needed. Unless, you surround yourself with medical personnel and handlers every single minute like a human shield or pair of Spanx, you never know when a stranger’s actions or lack of actions may mean the difference between life and bodily harm. Or life and death. Or death and more death.

Folks have been sharing this disturbing video on social media. For example, here is one such tweet thread (and look away if you don’t like expletives):

Of course, these days you have to add the qualifier “purportedly” for any video. There are people making fake videos of seemingly everything these days. So you can’t be 100% sure that a video “purportedly” from the Astroworld Festival was indeed from the Festival. However, the scene was filmed from a different angle too, as the following tweet showed:

This suggests that people were actually trying to stop the concert with no avail. Plus, other videos have emerged such as this one showing the crowds chanting, “stop the show”:

So this all suggests that the show continued even as concert goers were trying to stop it and get help.

Crowd surge tragedies don’t tend to happen instantaneously. Tramplings don’t often result in tea parties, libraries, or parcheesi matches, assuming that the parcheesi isn’t super competitive. There are usually warning signs such as too many people in too little space or something happening to incite a crowd. That’s why any large gathering needs to have people experienced in health care and crowd management to catch any uh-oh signs early. These uh oh signs include spaces that are too tight, lack of exits, unruly behaviors, signs of intoxication, or symptoms that people aren’t feeling well. Even when crowd surges have already started, there may be still opportunities to intervene earlier and potentially prevent further harm.

Dave Grohl trended on Twitter on Sunday because someone shared a video of the lead singer stopping a Foo Fighters concert from a while back. As you can see in the following clip, Grohl stopped his set when he noticed that someone was struggling in the crowd:

That’s called situational awareness and taking proactive preventative measures. It helps to have as many as people as possible including the performers continuously “take the temperature” of the crowd and have a sense of potential trouble.

Speaking of temperatures, this was a packed crowd in the middle of a Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Remember that thing that continues to kill people around te country? That severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 that’s still actively spreading? You’re holding such a concert in a state where only about 53.7% of the population is fully vaccinated. So you really should be still relying on face mask wearing and social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. And crowd trampling is by definition the opposite of social distancing.

Further investigation may reveal what precautions were and were not taken at the Astroworld Festival. When you hold any type of mass gathering, you’ve got to make proper medical plans. You need experts who can put in proper health precautions such as limiting crowding, recognizing warning signs, intervening quickly before things escalate, and providing medical care when needed. Oh, and you’ve got to have protocols in place to determine when to stop to show. And this includes reminding everyone, when someone tells you that “there is someone dead,” take it bleeping seriously.

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