The rapper/entrepreneur Ja Rule has issued an apology for the part he played in the horrific Fyre Festival scam and how it exploited black men and women working in the Bahamas.
This, after fans threatened to boycott his live shows after seeing the Netflix documentary about the incident.
that the gay, middle-aged, corporate stooge was willing to suck the dick of a working-class, Bahamian customs agent seems less like a “sacrifice” and more like wish-fulfillment or corporate BDSM play of the gay stooge and his creepy sociopathic boss #FyreFestival #FyreFraud
— Edgar Um (@marzettewatts) January 22, 2019
Rule was slapped by a wave of insults after the doc was made public and is accused of helping the event’s mastermind Billy McFarland trick investors, bamboozle attendees and follow in the footsteps of the colonisers of yesteryear by exploiting black “workers.”
Can we talk about how two major streaming platforms are cultivating sympathy for a group of rich colonizers who were stranded on an island they were never invited to?… #FyreFestival
— Briyanna J. (@BriWithTheWhy) January 22, 2019
And you know some other colonizers are out here studying these docs, sitting in their dorms ready to create the “Fyre Festival we [they] deserve.” They will make it their life goal to be better/smarter than Billy and make this a reality (destroying a Black island in the process).
— Be Better Tomorrow (@nadfmesq) January 20, 2019
The people of the Bahamas 🇧🇸 did not deserve the scam #FyreFestival. This exotification of a place filled with brown people, exploitation of their labor and land to the benefit of greedy capitalists is an old story. The only difference now is the colonizers take selfies. 🤳 pic.twitter.com/nnS6buOZev
— Ba-Donkin’ Donutz 🍩☕️ (@Crysmay04) January 19, 2019
I feel like we are missing a larger conversation about how race and colonialism played a roll in the failed #FyreFestival. Whiteness and colonialism has folks conditioned to using the Caribbean as a rest stop.
— Gloria Yvette (@glowroe) January 22, 2019
Whatever else it might have revealed, Netflix’s Fyre festival doc is a depressing reminder of how the Caribbean and its people remain the objects of exploitation by outside agents (colluding with inside enablers) they’ve historically so often been.
— Jonathan Ali (@JonathanAliTT) January 19, 2019