Ja Rule, one of the masterminds behind the doomed Fyre Festival, is battling a tornado of insults sent his way by viewers of a Netflix documentary which revealed how its creators tricked, deceived and exploited their attendees, investors and the good people of the Bahamas.
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Ja fronted the campaign to convince thousands of the world’s wealthiest 20-somethings to fly out to the Bahamas for the music festival and, along with mastermind Billy McFarland, is accused by investors, attendees and predominantly black work force of engaging in fraud and false advertising.
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
Ja’s “approval ratings” have reached an all time low since the doc aired thanks to his response to calls made by viewers to reimburse those the shambolic event bamboozled.
You went from the Fyre Festival being “your vision” at 10:23 am to “I’m watching the docs in awe” at 12:39 pm, as if you had no idea what took place in those meetings and on that island. Were you financially and logistically involved in the event or not? pic.twitter.com/MzRs4aYGWo
— Yohance (@HUEYmixwitRILEY) January 20, 2019
Sooo did they have all this food or did they serve cheese sandwiches??? Asking for a friend… https://t.co/kSIqgbtvwS
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019
The woman his detractors are referring to is Maryanne Rolle who was forced to pay staff with her own money after her Fyre employers fled the island to escape the debt they owed and the mess they created.
I literally had to pay all those people. I am here as a Bahamian. And they stand in my face everyday.
I went through about $50,000 (£38,000) of my savings that I could’ve had for a rainy day.
They just wiped it out and never looked back.
This is the ONLY segment in the Fyre Festival doc that hurt to watch. 😢 pic.twitter.com/I9XVuLqRGR
— Willie Brown (@_WillieBrown) January 20, 2019
— 🖤Jennnnnnn🖤 (@JennMint) January 19, 2019