Ja Rule defends his involvement in Fyre Festival: "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!" | Featured - Music Crowns

Ja Rule defends his involvement in Fyre Festival: “I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!”

Ja Rule has defended his involvement in the Fyre Festival disaster, following the release of two documentaries which threw the event back into the public eye.

Over the last week, Hulu and Netflix both released films documenting the music festival’s rise and downfall – Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury festival, promoted by global superstars like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in 2017.

The event was nothing short of a disaster, experiencing problems related to security, food, accommodation, travel and even artists.

Attendees, who had paid thousands of dollars to attend, were promised luxury villas and gourmet food but arrived to flooded tents and prepackaged cheese sandwiches.

Rapper and Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule has since caught some heat for his role in the poor treatment staff and guests, and the fact that he received very little comeuppance for his involvement while his partner, Billy McFarland, was sentenced to six years in jail for fraud.

But Rule isn’t taking the criticism lying down, taking to Twitter to claim the documentary didn’t provide all the answers: “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,” he wrote. “I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???”

Fans were quick to remind Rule that two documentaries had been released, he retorted: “And you still don’t know shit.”

He went on to retweet several messages from right-wing figure Martina Markota.

Markota’s tweets asked if Maryann Rolle, the Fyre Festival caterer interviewed by Netflix who became the recipient of an $80,000 GoFundMe campaign after she was left $50,000 out of pocket due to the festival, was “responsible” for the infamous cheese sandwiches served at the event.

Ja went on to highlight that Billy McFarland had received payment from Hulu for giving them an exclusive interview and that social media organization Fuckjerry were paid by Netflix, writing: “That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl.” 

Ja is quoted at the end of the Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened as saying: “Let’s think of how to dig ourselves out of this shit, man … we didn’t kill anybody, nobody got hurt. We made a mistake, we’ll get past it.”

Madeleine Dunne

While studying multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, Madeleine began writing for several publications including Transistor, Vegan Connections, and GigSlutz. In 2018, she became the music editor for Vegan Connections before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer and digital assistant. @kohlgrrl

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