Cancel culture got to Travis Scott. Fortnite has halted its sales of the “Out West” emote, which features the audio of his song of the same name. The video game company removed it from their Item Shop. This comes amid the Astroworld tragedy that occurred on Friday, November 5.
A crowd surge led to the deaths of eight people. Travis shared a statement on Twitter and later released a video on Instagram. Critics slammed the hip-hop artist for his dangerous shows. According to them, he encourages this behavior.
Fortnite halts sales following Astroworld tragedy
Per Eurogamer, Fortnite’s game that includes Travis Scott has disappeared from the “Daily” section of the Item Shop without reasoning. Epic refused to comment to The Verge. Fornite Status announced on Twitter, “It’s known that the ‘Daily’ section of the Item Shop has been disabled. This is intentional and the ‘Daily’ section will return with the next Item Shop refresh.”
The emote went on sale to promote Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival. The two-day ended after eight people died from the crowd surge. Witnesses revealed that the event and venue were overcrowded and unsafe. Travis Scott is criticized for continuing his performance as people died in the crowd below him.
In 2020, Travis held a Fortnite virtual concert. Many merchandise items were created and sold to support the event. Now, it seems like the “Out West” emote was the only thing that was created for this year’s in-person event. It’s unclear whether Epic Games will remove the other Travis Scott emotes or if they will continue selling them.
It’s known that the "Daily" section of the Item Shop has been disabled. This is intentional and the "Daily" section will return with the next Item Shop refresh. pic.twitter.com/rc6Kqh7qoW
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) November 8, 2021
Kylie Jenner also broke her silence on the tragedy. She claims that her boyfriend was not aware of what was happening. The “Sicko Mode” carried on with his performance as the mob crowded the people to the point of asphyxiation. However, this isn’t the first time that injuries and rowdiness took place at his concerts.
Travis Scott has a history of rowdiness at concerts
Travis Scott concerts normally attract a wild and rowdy crowd. Yet, the 2021 Astroworld Festival took it too far. It was the first in-person concert in over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic. The sold-out event saw an increase in crowd levels and rowdiness when it took a fatal turn.
Travis Scott encourages such raucous behavior. Per Reuters, he yelled to the crowd and asked, “I wanna see some ragers, man. Who wanna rage?” He’s not the only artist who attracts this energy. However, his concerts have a history of reported injuries and rowdiness.
In his video statement, the entertainer says he’s “honestly just devastated.” He only stopped his show briefly when he noticed that one concertgoer needed help and again when he saw the ambulance arrive. He carried on with his show for 30 more minutes after officials declared mass casualty at the event. Check back with TV Shows Ace for more news on Travis Scott.
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