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If we were to predict how the world ends, it might begin with a situation similar to the disaster transpiring at Fyre Festival. The event was supposed to be a luxurious music festival in the Bahamas organized by Ja Rule, but now has become a scene straight out of The Hunger Games.
Fyre Festival attendees, some of whom spent up to $12,000 on airfare-included tickets to the event that was promoted by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski, are reportedly stranded at the event, and the conditions are unquestionably terrible. Those at the festival have taken to social media to report canceled or delayed flights, as well as pictures of the accommodations (plastic tents) and food (two slices of cheese on bread, with lettuce and a slice of tomato). Others have reported that festivalgoers have been locked inside a crowded room for hours without food or water, causing some to faint.
Meanwhile, the festival, which was supposed to kick off on Thursday night with a lineup that included Major Lazer, Daya, and Skepta, is now canceled. Blink-182, one of the festival’s headliners, announced it was dropping out of the festival just one day prior to the festival’s scheduled start. Now, it’s clear that no shows will go on.
Fyre Festival, meanwhile, has posted a statement on its website referring to “circumstances out of our control” as the reason for the event’s failure.
“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,” the statement reads. “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. We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority.”
Where is Fyre Festival’s fearless leader, Ja Rule, amid this mass chaos? Apparently in New York City, dancing on a stage with Bethenny Frankel.
The rapper posted his own response to the uproar on Twitter Friday, promising that all the festival-goers will be refunded. He also said that he would release another statement soon. “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT…but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this…” he wrote.
It was only a matter of time before the Internet unleashed its wrath onto Ja for abandoning hundreds of festival hopefuls on a desert island.
And if there’s any silver lining at all to this tropical nightmare of a music festival, perhaps it is this: