The online backlash that Hulu received is reportedly responsible for canceling the Astroworld Documentary series that the network planned.
Just a few weeks after the Astrowrold Music Festival tragedy had ensued, Hulu - one of Disney's leading flagship networks - greenlit a documentary series about the events, according to a report from Rolling Stone.
This documentary was commissioned to be a six-part series and would have delved on what happened during the moment that saw attendees in a deadly mosh pit.
The Astroworld tragedy resulted in 10 people dying and at least 300 more wounded, and a lot more of them were alleged to be still hospitalized when the network greenlit the documentary.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2021, Hulu released a special episode that was screened, which recapped the deadly events, and this was met with rage.
This was a 15-minute long news special that can still be viewed on the website and was apparently produced by the local news outlet.
One user took it online to say that great documentaries are usually done when all the facts are laid out and that not enough time has passed for this type of show to air.
Following the backlash, Hulu then released a statement via Variety clearing the air on why they had aired the documentary in the first place.
In a quoted statement from Variety, the network said:
This was an investigative local news special from ABC13/KTRK-TV in Houston that aired on November 20. This was not a Hulu docúmentary and has since been removed to avoid confusion".
What the company thought would have led to good storytelling seemingly generated massive backlash from social media.
Not only was the production company and Hulu called insensitive, but they were also dragged for using a painful tragedy like that to profit from it.
Families are also still mourning the passing of their loved ones, which is why many people voiced their views on Hulu airing the documentary.
Massive legal issues are happening behind the scenes, which would have reportedly also jeopardized the investigation and complicated cases.