Cedric the Entertainer is one of a small group of celebrities that believe Travis Scott is not to blame for the Astroworld disaster, which claimed the lives of ten people and injured hundreds more.
Travis Scott is being represented by Cedric the Entertainer in the wake of a slew of lawsuits stemming from the disaster at the 2021 Astroworld Festival. During a recent interview, the comic addressed the claims leveled against the “Sicko Mode” emcee, claiming that he should not be held responsible for the event’s debacle.
“Never was he up on stage yelling, ‘Let’s fuck them up and turn it up and let’s go and let’s get wilder,’” Cedric said of Scott. “He didn’t incite it. I really wouldn’t like him to take the blame for that.” Instead, he blamed law police for failing to respond to concertgoers’ screams for assistance.
“I looked at some of the videos and everything, I mean, the police were right there in front of them and they’re not reacting. That’s their job,” Cedric told Nati. “I’m the performer. So I really find it hard that people are trying to cancel Travis. I find it rude that people are trying to blame him saying he should have stopped…”
Cedric’s remarks regarding the Houston rapper came after Scott broke his quiet on the subject a few weeks ago. In an interview with Charlamagne tha God, the Astroworld emcee stated that whenever he observed something unusual, he would stop his act to alert listeners, adding that his perspective of the crowd was limited.
“You can only help what you can see and whatever you’re told, whenever they tell you to stop, you stop,” he said. “It’s so crazy ’cause I’m that artist, too. Anytime you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show, you want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need. Anytime I could see anything like that, I did.”
“For the most part, he’s there to entertain. He’s in an entertainment vibe. He’s got a very hype show, he’s jumping, he’s hopping around, lights, explosions, you know, it’s that!” he exclaimed. “[As Travis Scott] I’m not looking around at what’s really happening, I’m just feeling the energy! And only when I recognize that the energy is negative will I be able to stop and say ‘Aight cool let me get off the stage’ or slow it all down or whatever but if it’s poppin’, it’s poppin’!” said Cedric.
“I stopped a couple of times to just make sure everybody was OK,” he went on. Scott, who is familiar with the raging culture, said the crowd at the show looked like one of his regular concerts and insisted that he “didn’t know the exact details until minutes before the press conference,” which was after his performance.
Scott cannot be held accountable, according to Cedric, because he did nothing to cause the stampede that resulted in mayhem and trampling.