Here's an event-planning hint you may have already picked up on: Rapper Ja Rule is probably not the best man to hire for your wedding, bar mitzvah, music festival, or anything else.
It has only taken a few days for his disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas (an extension of an app he was developing with 25-year-old Billy McFarland) to result in a $100 million lawsuit from ticketholders who thought they were purchasing a luxury vacation endorsed by models on a private island only to arrive and find Hunger Games-esque conditions instead. You've probably spent the past couple of days enjoying the vlogs of chaos filed from the scene or delighting in a cavalcade of ridiculous headlines such as, "The Fyre Festival looks like one of the worst events in human history," but nothing has been more jarring than Ja Rule and McFarland's assertions that they're going to try this again next year.
The lawsuit and an outpouring of outrage may change their minds on that at some point, but one thing is certain: The event will never take place in the Bahamas again, as the pair have been "barred from repeat business on the islands," according to TMZ.
The Fyre Festival is the first major negative incident associated with Ja Rule since he was released from federal prison in 2013 after serving two years for tax evasion and gun possession charges.
"I will make a statement soon," he tweeted on April 28. "I'm heartbroken at this moment, my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event," emphasizing that it wasn't a "scam" and that it was "not his fault."
And as it happens, life has imitated art that's currently in progress.
"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG," Seth Rogen tweeted later that day.
Perhaps Ja Rule should try Rio, the site of his iconic 1999 "Holla Holla" video when he was sitting on top of the world.
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