Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fund for unpaid Fyre Festival caterer passes $120,000

Fund for unpaid Fyre Festival caterer passes $120,000

Producers of the festival were Billy McFarland and Ja Rule himself; McFarland is now in prison for fraud.

He continued, "I had an unbelievable vision to create a festival like NO OTHER! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???", he wrote on Twitter in a series of messages. Check out all of the tweets above. But for those who do need a lesson on how Fyre Festival was essentially a byproduct of Gen Y culture and social media-most of the people involved in promoting and buying tickets were millennials-Hulu's version presents a "millennial culture for beginners" class. Influencers who attended and promoted the event shed light on their experiences and what millennials crave, and interviews with journalists and social media experts also offer insight. "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead [sic] astray!" he wrote.

McFarland was found guilty on charges of fraud and sentenced to six years in prison, and there have been legal repercussions for other key organizers as well.

The event, which was "run" by the rapper and business partner Billy McFarland in 2017, has received even more flack this week than it did when it originally happened as new details about the chaotic festival emerge.

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Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened chronicles the social media buildup of what was advertised as an extravagant weekend island getaway for millennials and eventually landed its main promoter, Billy McFarland, in jail for fraud.

At least, that's what Ja Rule thinks.

Ja Rule wasn't interviewed in the documentary, but he was seen through multiple videos helping with the planning of the festival. Adding, "Netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival. the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let's blame the rapper lmao ok". "I would call that... false advertising". The Netflix film, directed by Chris Smith, and the Hulu film, directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, both delve into how the catastrophic festival came to be.

Both Fyre Fest documentaries showed how few people seem to have sympathy for young people who got conned out of their money over promises of capturing ideal Instagram shots. "I heard they paid him somewhere btw 100 to 250... that money was supposed to go to the locals by LAW..." Elliot Tebele, the creator of Jerry Media/Fuck Jerry, is an executive producer of the Netflix documentary. Now, Ja Rule has denounced both documentaries on Twitter, where he pointed out that the films both paid their sources.

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