Hulu has removed a controversial Travis Scott Astroworld documentary just hours after uploading. This follows an incredible amount of backlash that it was “way too soon.”
The streaming platform found themselves in hot water after uploading an Astroworld Concert From Hell special. People were quick to slam Hulu as “heartless”, as it hadn’t even been a month since 10 concertgoers died and hundreds more were injured during the fatal crowd crush on November 5.
The synopsis read: “Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival was supposed to be the concert of a lifetime, but it turned into a tragic nightmare. A minute-by-minute look at what happened in the crowd, the young victims who were killed, and what happens next.”
One user called out the platform for their “poor taste all around.”
“Hulu making a documentary about Astroworld is in poor taste all around,” they said.
Another user rightly pointed out, “People are still burying their loved ones. The legal cases haven’t even started. Great documentaries are done when all the facts are laid out. Not enough time has passed to fully discuss this.”
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A spokesperson for Hulu has since released a statement via The Hollywood Reporter to disassociate themselves from the documentary. They explained that while it was uploaded onto their platform, the documentary was not produced by Hulu.
“This was an investigative local news special from ABC13/KTRK-TV in Houston that originally aired on November 20th. This was not a Hulu documentary and has since been removed to avoid confusion,” it read.
Travis Scott has offered payment to the families to cover funeral costs, but many have declined.
Richard Mithoff, attorney for the family of 14-year-old victim John Hilgert, slammed the offer as “demeaning and really inappropriate.”
“It was not an offer [the Hilgerts] were going to seriously consider,” Mithoff told Rolling Stone.
“Of all the things this case is about, that’s the least of any concern. This family is set on making change, and ensuring this never happens at a concert again.”
Tony Buzbee, representing the family of Axel Acosta, called Scott’s offer “b*****t”.
“If you gave a sh*t about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral,” Buzbee said.
“He says he feels sorry for them, but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault. He’s no different than any defendant pointing fingers at someone else. They don’t want funeral expenses from him. Whatever we get from him, we’re going to get through the court system.”