Another tweeted, “Travis Scott sold his soul to the devil. Astro World (sic) was a BLOOD SACRIFICE. He took 8 innocent lives to pledge his allegiance to the occult elite.”
Notably, the language used to describe this conspiracy theory mirrors elements of QAnon conspiracy theories, which offer baseless claims that the American government is secretly controlled by a cabal of devil-worshiping pedophiles who are involved in child sacrifice.
Musical Artists and Satanic Imagery
Scott is far from the first musical artist to employ satanic imagery. Recently, Lil Nas X made waves with his “Satan Shoes,” which he claimed contained a drop of human blood in their soles. Further, rock and metal bands and artists such as Slayer, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and Marilyn Manson have long used satanic symbols to drum up controversy and project an edgy image.
For the vast majority of these bands and performers, the use of such imagery is associated with an artistic expression rather than religious belief. Furthermore, the usage of this imagery, though objectionable to many Christians, has not ever been tied to actual occult practices on the part of the artists who employ it, at least not in any way that has led to harm or violence.
Kylie Jenner, who is dating Scott, released a statement via Instagram on Saturday, saying, “Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or were affected in anyway (sic) by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community.”
“I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show, and in no world would [we] have continued filming or performing [had we known],” the statement continues. “I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted.”