The Astroworld Festival tragedy wasn’t even a month ago when Hulu decided to release a documentary out about the horrific incident.
Titled Astroworld: Concert From Hell, the film detailed the events that led to 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries.But the social media backlash was swift, with many condemning the streaming giant for being insensitive to the victims’ families.
“Hulu making a documentary about Astroworld is in poor taste all around,” one person wrote. “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.”
Apparently, Hulu listened and opted to pull the film from its platform on Thursday (December 2). In a statement obtained by Variety, a Hulu spokesperson explained the documentary was originally a Houston news special.
“This was an investigative local news special from ABC13/KTRK-TV in Houston that originally aired on November 20th,” the spokesperson said. “This was not a Hulu documentary and has since been removed to avoid confusion.”
Travis Scott’s Astoworld Festival took place on November 5 in Houston and turned into chaos as soon as the “SICKO MODE” rapper took the stage.
As the crowd of approximately 50,000 people surged, over 300 people were injured and eight people were killed. Two other victims, 22-year-old Bhari Shahani and 9-year-old Ezra Blount, eventually succumbed to their injuries.
The documentary, which is still on the site as of publication time, came with the description, “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.”
Scott issued a statement in the wake of last month’s disaster and offered to pay for the deceased victims’ funerals. But at least three of the victims’ families have rejected that offer, suggesting the gesture is a “slap in the face.”
Check out some of the reactions to the Concert From Hell below.