Post 29 April 2017

Starving attendees & robbed luggage: What happened at Ja Rule’s disastrous Fyre Festival

29 April 2017

Yesterday Twitter’s hottest story was the absolute mess that was Fyre Festival, organised by Ja Rule and offering performances from Pusha T, Desiigner, Lil Yachty, Blink-182, and more

The event, with tickets costing from $450 to $12,000 was supposed to be an exclusive festival on a private island in the Bahamas with top acts, glamping and posh food, but soon disintegrated into chaos and near-starvation. Attendees, mostly described as “rich instagram kids”, were left stranded and needing assistance from the U.S. embassy.

People were robbed for their belongings and luggage, and offered nothing but a limp cheese sandwich and dry salad for food.

Attendees desperately tried to return to America.

Eventually, Ja Rule released the weakest apology statement ever…

… And Twitter thoroughly enjoyed his comments.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism gave an “apology” to people who attended the festival and had traveled for the event, saying in a statement that “tourism is [their] number one industry” and that they were “extremely disappointed” in the way the festival had unfolded:

“We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival. We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event.  Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events. Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos. The organizers of Fyre recently asked the Ministry of Tourism for support for their private event. The Ministry of Tourism is not an official sponsor of Fyre Festival. Given the magnitude of this undertaking, the MOT lent its support as we do with all international events. We offered advice and assisted with communications with other government agencies. The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.  A team of Ministry of Tourism representatives is on the island to assist with the organization of a safe return of all Fyre Festival visitors. It is our hope that the Fyre Festival visitors would consider returning to the Islands Of The Bahamas in the future to truly experience all of our beauty.”

Of course, the rest of Twitter responded to the event in classic fashion: