While many predicted that FYRE, a luxury music festival aimed at rich millennials, might go completely to the dogs, literally no one on the planet could have called the chaos the event has now descended into.
Hip-hop star Ja Rule and 25 year-old Billy McFarland (the entrepreneur behind several bizarre start-ups) were the brains behind the music festival, which boasted a private plane charted from Miami to Great Exuma in The Bahamas as well as luxury packages that range up to $250,000 dollars. You'll recall the festival was promoted by a range of supermodels, , including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, who were flown by organizers to The Bahamas last winter.
Then everything fell apart. Headliner Blink 182 pulled out last night and they have now canceled the festival, as well as all flights to the island, leaving many stranded. Artists are also reportedly not being paid. Reports of squalid conditions, very little food, looting, tents set alight and locals with guns have been all over social media. As you can imagine, people are calling it a scam.
First things first, let's take a look at the receipts: feral dogs, gunshots, security assaulting attendees, lack of resources.
@NearFutureEvent @mr_bones_rises These were the top 5 posts on the #fyrefestival subreddit a moment ago. https://t.co/FrsEBfPqOq