Travis Scott's Astroworld compared to 'gates of Hell' as 'Satanic music led crowd to dark side,' exorcist claims

TRAVIS Scott's Astroworld has been compared to the "gates of Hell" as the rapper's "Satanic music led the crowd to the dark side," an exorcist claims.

Following the tragedy that left multiple people dead at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston Houston, Texas, on November 5, 2021, a myriad of conspiracy theories spread across social media platforms.



Ten people were killed after a crowd of approximately 50,000 people surged forward while rapper Travis Scott was performing.

After the incident, videos on social media wildly claimed what happened was actually a large-scale "satanic blood sacrifice."

And now — Father Michael Maginot has opened up about the "signs" he noticed at the concert that "led him to believe there was a satanic role."

Speaking to Fox News' Wayne Watters on Monday night, the Catholic priest and renowned exorcist expert said: "The entrance of the concert seemed to be the mouth of the singer and everyone had to kind of go in through that.

"And certainly for a demon, the mouth is the prime part of one's body that it would like to take over because it could communicate and talk."

Maginot claimed that when people walked through the mouth "there seemed to be a draw into going to the other side or coming to the stage which was seemingly like the gates of Hell.

"And so people were kind of motivated to push forward."

He also explained that "demons" like to "create a mob mentality" — which he likened to flash mobs and protests.

"It waters down moral responsibility and so if everyone is doing it, then it takes away our own personal responsibility for what is happening," Maginot said.

"And they love that because they could create a lot of havoc without people questioning it."

The priest then claimed the stage resembled the "gates of Hell" because it seemed like "you're kind of going down Dante's inferno, the various stages of hell."

He claimed people were "induced to push forward" and the music was "dark" and "leading to the darker side of things."

Watters understood the priest to be saying that the music's vibrations and drum beats, "led the crowd into a demonic place."

Maginot said it seems like artists like Scott "have to do more outrageous things" to "get their money and fame."

MORE BIZARRE CLAIMS

Meanwhile, others social media users have bizarrely suggested the crowd had been bewitched by a devilish spell moments before the crush.

Apparent believers of the unfounded claims have seized on several far-fetched "proofs" to support their wild narratives, including apparent demonic symbolism in the design of the stage and promotional material for the event.

One of TikTok's most popular videos on the subject, which racked up a staggering 23 million views, showed a hologram of a winged bat-like creature at the beginning of the show, surrounded by fire.

Captioned, "Not even 40 seconds in," the video's comments section was rife with conspiracy theories about satanic presences and perceived occult symbolism.

“Look at the symbolism!! A DOVE, a symbol of the human soul, ON FIRE?!?! They knew what they was doing. This is pure evil,” one of the top comments reads. 

A second clip showed a photo of the stage, highlighting eight flaming pillars.

"For those saying this wasn’t satanic. 8 pillars of flames and 8 people dead," the caption read.

PERFECT STORM FOR CONSPIRACY THEORISTS

A few days ago, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor studying social media platforms at Syracuse University, described the tragedy to The Sun as the perfect storm for conspiracy theorists.

She said Travis Scott's celebrity status, his energetic performances, and his tendency to instruct his audiences to "rage", combined with the infernal imagery present on stage, makes it "unsurprising that you would see some of these stories come out."

While some TikTokers might be playfully indulging in the theories and sharing them simply to boost their "micro-celebrity status," in the online universe where it's often so difficult to discern between sincerity and insincerity, Stromer-Galley warns that "one person's play can quickly become another's passion or real world view."

"I think that's a challenge with any of this misinformation stuff because I really do think that some people or creators of what we would call misinformation are just doing it because they're trying to increase clicks," she said.

"There are people who are creating this content specifically because they know that people can't help but watch it.

"We're attracted to controversy, we're attracted to these crazy stories of demonic rituals, and the event is a hot topic of conversation right now – everyone's talking about it."


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