CRACKPOT conspiracy theorists have sensationally claimed that the tragic deaths of eight people at Travis Scott’s “hellish” Astroworld concert last week came as part of a “satanic blood sacrifice.”
Scott staged the event in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday night, but the concert ended in tragedy when the crowd of around 50,000 people suddenly surged towards the stage, crushing some attendees.
The eight victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 27 and have all since been identified.
More than 300 others were also injured. At least 23 people were hospitalized, five of whom were under 18. Eleven of those taken to hospital suffered cardiac arrest.
Local police are currently investigating the possible cause of the apparent crowd surge, assessing whether there were any “missteps” in the planning and execution of the event, officials said.
In the meantime, a series of wild, bizarre and down-right disturbing conspiracy theories have surfaced on TikTok, with many of them accusing Scott of conducting a large-scale satanic sacrifice in plain sight.
To support the ludicrous claims, conspiracy theorists are citing a series of “proofs”, including so-called hidden messages on a t-shirt worn by Scott and apparent occult symbolism in the design of the stage and in promotional material for the event.
“Anyone else notice that the stage is an inverted cross leading to a portal to Hell,” asked one TikToker, whose video has since racked up more than one million views.
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Others pointed out that attendees entered the stage through the mouth of a large sculpture of Scott’s head, likening it to the famous “Christ in Limbo” painting by Hieronymus Bosch which depicts the “mouth of Hell.”
Many of the conspiracies highlight that the slogan for the festival was “See you on the other side”, which Satanic panickers are claiming hinted towards the “planned blood sacrifice.”
“We’re all suffocating, dying, and on the screen, it says ‘See you on the other side’ along with all the Illuminati symbols and the praying hand sucking our energy from us,” one TikToker said.
“I’m 100 percent convinced that this was literally an energy harvest, that this was a satanic ritual. Travis Scott was snatching people’s souls.”
“Just more proof that cements this as a ritual SACRIFICE…These people are SO UNBELIEVABLY SICK, AND EVIL,” Q influencer QAnon John wrote online.
“They do things like this to mock us, because they think we don’t know any better…Also, they are laughing at our stupidity, and naivety. There is NO such thing as ‘coincidence’. Ever.”
He continued: “This Satanic ritual was WELL planned out in advance, and presented to be IN YOUR FACE WICKED.”
The head of a white supremacist website tweeted that “Travis Scott did a sacrifice”, adding that one of his albums featured “depravity.”