William Golding and Stephen King plotting together couldn’t have come up with a better storyline. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
Imagine paying $12,000 per ticket to attend the Fyre Festival. BET reported a cost of $250,000 for ten people. The ticket promises perks like guided meditation, yoga, and massages – all on the luxurious shores of the Bahamas. Headliners Blink-182 will lead acts such as Lil Yachty and Disclosure.
Upon arrival at this beautiful island paradise, you are man-handled by security, there’s little to no electricity or water, and half-pitched disaster-relief-like tents are strewn along the beach. Garbage covers the ground like it’s the country’s national flower.
Lunch is a plain cheese sandwich served in a styrofoam take-out container washed down with an expensive cocktail given to you in a plastic cup.
Disaster and chaos reign. There is internet talk of a sequel to The Lord of the Flies. It’s also a bit reminiscent of Stand By Me. Everyone’s abuzz. Blink-182 released this on twitter yesterday:
Fans are upset and want to go what’s going on. There was nothing from the Ja Rule camp until an 2:30 PM EST today when he tweeted this:
This doesn’t tell us much other you are taking responsibility, yet it’s somehow not your fault. I’m not sure how that works, but I’m sure people are going to want more than this simple statement. This reminds me of OJ Simpson being found innocent on murder charges but guilty in a civil lawsuit. One just doesn’t make sense without the other. What went wrong? How could things go so seriously awry? Who was in charge there and where were you? As host, you should have greeted the festival goers. Obviously, event co-ordinator as a profession is not in your future. Why didn’t you hire a professional?
As you have become the face of this festival, I commend you for taking responsibility. Who was the even co-ordinator? You? Who was at the other end to set up and take/track deliveries? Or, perhaps you got scammed, too. Making the safety of everyone on that island your first priority is a good first step in trying to make this right. But, we want to know how this could have happened in the first place. What are the “unforseen and extenuating circumstances” that ruined the whole she-bang? The Fyre Festival released this statement. Well, that’s simply not good enough.
Ja Rule, as one of the creators of this festival, you are more accountable than “it’s not my fault”.
Things such as this festival are fodder for the fire – fake news writers are having a field day. Some people are actually saying that because these are all rich white kid victims, they deserve whatever they get. That’s like saying because you’re black and poor, you deserve that. This has nothing to do with colour. Last time I checked, Ja Rule wasn’t white. I’m asking people to please verify tweets (such as the one below) before re-tweeting. There are people stranded and at risk, and it’s a dire situation for some. This tweet came out at 10:38 this morning and is false:
This is not a social experiment gone wrong. It’s a case of someone being too big for their britches. Keep within the ordinary confines of the music industry and stop trying to be more than you are. This should be a lesson in how not to revitalize your brand.
This person needs to know what the hell happened:
Stuck at #fyrefestival trying to leave for the last 8 hours. barley any food or water or security or electricity
I invite all comments. Again, please watch out for the fake news.