Eight people were killed and more than 300 injured as crowds marched toward the stage at Travis Scott’s Astroworld celebration on Friday night, with conspiracy theorists falsely claiming on social media that the tragedy was the result of a satanic ritual.
Several videos on TikTok claim that the platform, which looked like an inverted cross, opened a “portal to Hell”.
Crackpots also claimed that Scott was performing a “blood sacrifice”, alluding to the “monstrous” aesthetic of the festival, which includes a fiery sculpture of a skull adorned with Scott’s trademark dreadlocks at the entrance, and Videos that appear to show Scott performing his trademark Autotune. Humming to get the casualties out of the crowd.
Several of TikTok’s videos include the hashtag #SaveTheChildren, a QAnon conspiracy theory that falsely alleges that celebrities and politicians are running a child sex trafficking ring that harvests children’s blood in satanic rituals.
Dozens of videos have been posted on TikTok using the hashtag #SatanicRitual about the Astroworld tragedy, which has been viewed over 11 million times, and when “Astroworld” is searched on the platform, “Astroworld conspiracy”.[a]psy” and “astroworld demonic” are the second and third words promoted by the app.
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