At this point, the fantastic disaster that is the Fyre Festival is the stuff of Twitter legend.
For those who are, somehow, unaware: Ja Rule, along with entrepreneur Billy McFarland, threw their first — and, at this point, likely the only — Fyre Festival, which was self-described as “the cultural experience of the decade.” Attendees, who paid at least $1,600, were promised a treasure hunt valued at over $1 million, food provided by some of the top chefs on the planet, travel to and from the private island of Fyre Cay in the Exumas of the Bahamas and much more.
Members of the G.O.O.D. Music roster, Rae Sremmurd, Kaytranada, Migos, Major Lazer and a host of other acts were also scheduled to perform. If the whole thing sounded too good to be true, that’s because it was.
Things were terrible from the start, with attendees allegedly greeted by cheap sandwiches, relief tents instead of the luxury housing accommodations that were advertised, very little help, canceled flights and — according to some — feral animals running amok. Blink-182, a headliner for the festival, canceled their performance just hours before they were slated to take the stage, and the entire Fyre Festival was ultimately “postponed” (read: canceled).
The whole ordeal brought out McFarland’s spotty track record, which includes a history of complaints registered against him on the Better Business Bureau’s website. Now, as a result of everything, both Ja Rule and McFarland have been hit with a $100 million class action lawsuit in California.
Now, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has gotten involved. While the Ministry supported (but did not sponsor) the event, they will now evaluate any and every future festivals on their island nation more stringently. The Bahamas have also, understandably, banned Ja Rule and McFarland from ever doing any form of business on or in their country again.
Dave Chappelle said it best, over a decade ago…