Ja Rule teases plans for a Fyre Festival 2.0 and fans are dismayed
If you thought the ridiculous saga of the Fyre Festival was over, you'd be wrong...
For those that don't know, the original festival was set up by Billy McFarland, in collaboration with Ja Rule. The idea was to put on a Coachella-like festival on a private island in the Bahamas. Instagram models, influencers and vloggers with the money to fork out for the promised paradise flocked to the island for the partying and incredible music acts.
However, the 300 or so paying customers ended up in a sun-drenched version of the Hunger Games rather than the biggest party of their lives.
McFarland spend millions on models, private jets, yachts and Instagram influencers (including $250,000 for a single post from Kendal Jenner) to promote the event. They started running low on money, and despite the fact it seemed like the project wouldn't be able to get off the ground, they went ahead anyway, leading to calamity.
Everyone knew about the festival by time social media users starting sharing their horrible experience at the festival. "So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster,” tweeted blogger William N. Finley IV. “Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city.”
Amidst all this chaos, Ja Rule tweets that the festival was “NOT A SCAM” and it is “NOT [HIS] FAULT.”
This story faded away for a year or so, but came back into the spotlight after the Netflix documentary 'Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened' debuted this year, going into detail about the dodgy dealings behind the scenes and the hell that the guests went through at the event.
Following this, Ja Rule seemed to distance himself from the events he was shown to be involved with.
However, it doesn't look like Ja Rule is reading the room exactly - as now he's claiming that there's going to be another festival in the works, and that round two will be "iconic".
Speaking to TMZ, the hip hop artist said that he's "not ashamed" of his involvement in the original Fyre Festival, and is in fact going ahead with a second one. He explained:
"I’m not ashamed of Fyre at all. Because man, the idea, it was brilliant. It was fucking beyond brilliant … It was amazing, but it wasn’t what I dreamed it of being, and what I envisioned of it being, and what I wanted it to be. It wasn’t done properly.
"It’s not funny to me, It’s heartbreaking to me. It’s something that I wanted to be special and amazing, it didn’t turn out that way. In the midst of chaos, there’s opportunity. It is the most iconic festival that never was. I have plans to create the iconic festival, but you didn’t hear that from me."
The question is - will anyone buy a ticket for Fyre Festival 2.0? I can't say it seems like the wisest idea, but it can't be quite as awful as the last one turned out, can it?