Today was marked as one of the biggest fails in music history. Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland worked very hard to get Instagram models–oops I meant “social influencers” to promote a luxurious Bahamian getaway that was slated to include a lineup of acts like Migos, Blink 182, and Tyga. Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajowski, and Elsa Hosk all backed the event that was supposed to be the next Coachella that was described as “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food” but instead went left at an alarming rate.
Instead of getting their chef prepared meals, some festival goers received struggle plates with pieces of bread cheese and wilted salad. Instead of beautiful and majestic eco-friendly domes, attendees were given blow away tents. There were angry locals, thrown luggage, minimal lighting, stolen property, and some people who paid didn’t even make it to the island because the island was at capacity. Tents were on fire, people were fighting, and phones were dying.
Today’s main focus was getting everyone off of the island
. Tickets were between $2,000 and $12,000 so the internet had no sympathy when it came to clowning these rich people who most likely hopped on the phone to call daddy who I’m sure is working on a lawsuit right now all though it was announced that refunds will be given out.
The only people that I feel bad are are the locals for having their peace and quiet disrupted and Ja Rule for taking most of the heat for this madness. Think about it, he’s the main one taking the heat but he isn’t solely responsible for it. The funny thing is Billy MacFarland is only around 25-years-old but he is known for scamming rich kids by building this club for “elite” millenials but the club isn’t delivering on its promises.
Both Ja Rule
and Billy released statements. Ja Rule said the festival was not a scam and he’s not sure how conditions declined so fast but he is sorry about it. Billy on the other hand announced that there will be refunds and, are you ready for this, he will be sure to get things right next year.
If these same people get on a plane and do the same thing next year and get stuck again, the internet will deservedly have double the laughs. What was your favorite tweet about the #fyrefestival? Mine was “Help me, I’m rich and stuck in the Bahamas”
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