Most of us only dream of putting the wealthy in a gulag, Comrade Ja has actually gone and done it #fyrefestival
Famous models on yachts! Exclusive island once owned by Pablo Escobar! Blink-182!
Those were just some of the selling points for Fyre Festival, a supposedly opulent music weekend that was scheduled to begin in the Bahamas on Thursday, with “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere,” along with performances by G.O.O.D. Music, Major Lazer, Migos and more.
Promoted by Instagram influencers including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski as a never-before-seen V.I.P. event, the gathering — with weekend ticket packages starting around $1,200 and topping six-figures with extras — was supposed to compete in an increasingly elaborate landscape of boutique music festivals that have sprung up in the wake of Coachella.
But when guests arrived on the island of Great Exuma for the inaugural weekend, they found something closer to “Survivor”: grounds that were woefully lacking in the promised amenities, replaced instead by dirt fields, soggy tents and folding chairs.
On social media, where Fyre Festival had been sold as a selfie-taker’s paradise, accounts showed none of the aspirational A-lister excesses, with only sad sandwiches and free alcohol to placate the restless crowds. General disappointment soon turned to near-panic as the festival was canceled and attendees attempted to flee back to the mainland of Florida. Accounts from the island itself suggest that the festival was immediately plagued by a total lack of organization, shoddy accommodations, and luggage mishaps, in addition to unconfirmed reports of violence, theft, and feral dogs.
On Monday, Daniel Jung, an attendee of the luxury-weekend-turned-Hunger Games shit show that was the Fyre Festival, launched a $100 million class action suit against the owners, saying they knowingly charged attendees thousands of dollars to be “stranded on a remote island” with “little more than bread and a slice of cheese.” The class action suit names Fyre Media and co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule as plaintiffs, suing them for fraud, misrepresentative advertising, and breach of contract.
Essentially, Jung’s suit makes three major allegations against McFarland, Ja and Fyre Media. First, that organizers knew long before the day of the event that they couldn’t accommodate attendees, yet didn’t cancel the event. The suit specifically alleges that Fyre’s organizers warned A-list stars and its top talent not to attend the festival because it was a pending disaster. This, they allege, is proof that the organizers knew that “the festival was outrageously underequipped and potentially dangerous for anyone in attendance.”
Second, they allege the accommodations were not just shoddy, they put partygoers’ health at risk. There’s almost no end to the social media evidence of Fyre Festival’s poor accommodations, and this section of the complaint includes screen grabs from the #fyrefestival and #fyrefraud hashtags. This is why it’s a particularly bad idea to piss off thousands of Insta-obsessed millennials: evidence is all over the place. Here, Jung alleges luggage was dumped into the sand from a shipping container. So do the suit’s complaints about the “FEMA tents” for accommodation, wild animals roaming the grounds, heinous food and lack of security and medical staff.