After the disaster of the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas last weekend, founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule will now have to deal with a $100 million class action lawsuit accusing the pair of putting paying customers in “dangerous conditions” that the two were fully aware of.
According to the suit, “this outrageous failure to prepare, coupled with Defendants’ deliberate falsehoods in promoting the island ‘experience,’ demonstrates that the Fyre Festival was nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning.” Specifically, the suit blames McFarland and Ja Rule for purposefully providing subpar food, shelter and refreshments given the exorbitant prices they charged for festival admission, as well as not having a backup plan ready. As the lawsuit describes the situation, “that was closer to The Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies than Coachella.”
As for proof that McFarland and Ja Rule were lying to their audience, the suit points to claims made by the festival organizers that Fyre Festival would be held on a pristine private island, when it ended up occurring on a gravelly site of an island with a Sandals resort. Furthermore, the suit accuses the pair of knowing for months that festival conditions were inadequate, saying that they “began personally reaching out to performers and celebrities in advance of the festival and warned them not to attend.”
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
The chaos of the festival first went viral when social media posts began showing the woeful food items provided by the festival when customers first realized that the infrastructure for a music festival was not in place. For example, @trev4president posted a picture of a Styrofoam container with two slices of bread, two slices of cheese, and a haphazard salad with very little dressing. Later, pictures of tents similar to those used in disaster relief projects in the area were posted as the accommodations festival organizers pointed the people to.