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Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Was A Disaster and People Are Hoping Bahamians Don’t Carry the Blame 

Ja Rule had been promoting Fyre Festival on his Instagram for weeks. (John Parra/Getty Images for Barstool Sports)

The first annual Fyre Festival was supposed to be a luxurious experience but instead turned into a disaster and many are hoping the Bahamas‘ tourism industry remains intact.

Established by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, the music festival was touted as an exclusive two-weekend event on Great Exuma, which offered VIP packages of up to $250,000, according to Billboard. Performances by Major Lazer, Lil Yachty and Blink-182, who canceled its appearance a day before the Friday, April 28, kickoff, were scheduled, Rolling Stone reported.

Promises of catered meals and deluxe sleeping accommodations were not realized as attendees documented a to-go box of sandwich bread and cheese with a salad, and disaster-relief tents instead of upscale lodging.

The venue was also in disarray.

A passenger hoping to make it to the festival from Miami captured the moment an airline crew member informed them that the flight would be canceled.

“We have been advised by Fyre, the tour operator of your flight, that they can no longer accept any further guests in Exuma,” he tells passengers before reading the statement from Fyre organizers. “Due to overcapacity on the island, we need to cancel the flights to ensure the safety of our guests.”

Fyre issued a statement on its website explaining “circumstances out of our control” meant infrastructure wasn’t set up in time for the event, which caused safety concerns.

“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,” it read. “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.

“The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned. We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation.”

The Bahama’s Ministry of Tourism also issued a statement saying it is aiding efforts to get attendees back to the U.S.

Ja Rule tweeted he was working to ensure everyone is safe and gets a refund.

Twitter users swiftly defended the Bahamas and hoped that the country’s tourism wouldn’t be impacted by an operation established by a private organization independent of the government.

Many made fun of the wealthy white youths who spend money to go to an overseas music festival.

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