Ja Rule Slams Fyre Festival Documentaries, “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers.”
by RK Jackson
Last week, two documentaries about the ill-fated luxury excursion (that never happened) Fyre Festival were released. Hulu surprise dropped FYRE FRAUD days before Netflix’s original FYRE. Both documentaries chronicled the creation and downfall of the festival, and specifically, at the actions of co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. Yesterday, the rapper/entrepreneur tweeted his responses to the new documentaries. “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,” he wrote.
Ja went further, specifically calling out Hulu and Netflix. “Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas,” he wrote. “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.”
Responding to followers’ questions, Ja Rule also claimed that he was “hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked, [and] lead astray” by McFarland and lost “plenty” of money.
“I NEVER MADE OR GOT PAID ONE DOLLAR FROM FYRE… BUT EVERYONE ELSE DID!!!” he said.
Find his tweets below.
Elliot Tebele, an executive producer of the Netflix documentary, is the creator of Jerry Media/Fuck Jerry—Fyre Festival’s social media agency. McFarland is interviewed in the Hulu documentary. The directors of the two documentaries have criticized each other for the involvement of Tebele or McFarland. Hulu’s representatives declined to comment on Ja Rule’s comments.
The documentaries show Ja Rule co-directing the initial marketing campaign behind Fyre Festival but somewhat disappearing into the background in the days leading up, noticeably missing from the island footage for weeks. There’s even a recording made during the festival’s aftermath (shown in Netflix’s) where Ja Rule can be heard telling Fyre employees, “That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud. False advertising, maybe.” Immediately following the festival, Ja Rule apologized and took to Twitter to say that Fyre was “NOT A SCAM” and “NOT MY FAULT.”
McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison last year for making false statements to investors and sharing fraudulent documents. McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this year after entering an initial plea of not guilty. McFarland also pleaded guilty to separate countsof wire fraud and money laundering after being accused of selling fraudulent tickets to events such as the Grammys, Coachella, the Met Gala, and more.
I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019
@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas… @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…— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019
Will we ever see Ja Rule’s side of his story without incrimination? Who knows, but Ja did publicly apologize (after the documentary) to MaryAnn Rolle, the Bahamian woman who owned the restaurant that fed over 200+ crew of the festival plus the weekend’s first day attendees upon arrival.
MaryAnne claimed she lost $50,000 of her savings just to feed festival goers and pay her own staff after Fyre’s collapse in April of 2017.
“As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest. My only resource today is to appeal for help.”
“There is an old saying that goes ‘bad publicity is better than no publicity’ and I pray that whoever reads this plea is able to assist.” MaryAnne’s GoFundMe is currently 12% over