Today in horrifying but kind of hilarious news, the rich kid music festival known as Fyre, which was set to make its debut this weekend in the Bahamas, has turned out to be a total scam. Even we have to admit, they totally had us fooled.
Promoted by the #influencer likes of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, the "luxury" experience promised VIP accommodations including yachts, private planes, and lush igloo-like tents on the remote island of Fyre Cay. Performers were set to include Major Lazer, Migos, and for some reason, Blink-182, with ticket prices reaching upwards of $12K. But this morning, the wealthy millennial set of festival-goers en route were faced with, TBH, a rather rude awakening.
If their flight out of Miami hadn't been cancelled already, they ended up in what seemed like a "refugee camp," covered in rat shit, feral dogs, and garbage. Seriously, oh my god. According to twitter account @fyrefraud, which has been calling out the fest for weeks, those exclusive "eco-friendly, geodesic domes" are actually leftover tents from DISASTER RELIEF SHELTERS. What the hell? As for the "chef-curated culinary pop-ups," well, they apparently meant literal cheese sandwiches.
The strangest part about all of this, of course, is the fact that the man behind this money-grubbing event is none other than... Ja Rule? Oh honey, we all should have known better than to trust someone who hasn't been relevant in over a decade.
Needless to say the music festival has been cancelled. According to Fyre's website - which once boasted FOMO-inducing tropical island pics - "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can."
Yeah, so all these poor rich kids are currently stranded in the middle of freakin' nowhere, fending for themselves against FERAL FREAKIN' DOGS.
This "once-in-a-lifetime experience" turned out to be just that, but hardly in a way everyone expected.