Subsequent time you see individuals diving within the mud at a music competition, don’t be a part of them. And if the water from the bottle filling stations is off in coloration or style, don’t drink it.
That’s one of many many haunting classes of Woodstock ’99, the disastrous music competition that’s the topic of a brand new Netflix sequence “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99.”
The port-a-potties overflowed close to the showers, resulting in a plumbing disaster and tons of “mud” that festival-goers fortunately dove into and slathered over their our bodies. Besides it wasn’t simply mud. It was a mixture of mud and poop.
“Multiple mud-covered people, grinning ear to ear, stopped to pose for pictures,” mentioned leisure reporter David Blaustein, who lined the occasion for radio and was featured within the documentary. “I can only imagine the look on their faces when they found out they spent hours rolling around in shit.”
It even obtained into the water stations.
Whereas the fecal nightmare was one of the vital memorable elements of the sequence, it was not even the worst a part of the occasion, which was marked by at the very least three deaths and a number of sexual assaults.
Promoter John Scher tried to downplay the assaults.
“Woodstock was like a small city, you know?” he mentioned within the Netflix documentary. “All things considered, I’d say that there would probably be as many or more rapes in any sized city of that… but it wasn’t anything that gained enough momentum so that it caused any on-site issues, other than, of course, the women it happened to.”
Blaustein described Scher’s degree of denial as “Trumpian.”
“I almost feel bad for him,” Blaustein mentioned by way of electronic mail. “I bet if he came out and said, ’I fucked up, and I’m sorry,′ the victims and their families might get some closure or satisfaction. I think he owes them that.”
Blaustein additionally identified that if Scher believed the occasion was like a small metropolis, he ought to’ve staffed it accordingly.
“If they knew they would have the population of a small city, why didn’t they secure the event like a small city, you know, with ample law enforcement and proper infrastructure?” Blaustein requested. “If it was a small city and he was the mayor, he probably would’ve been arrested for criminal negligence.”
“Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99” is at the moment streaming on Netflix.