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Ja Rule Hits Back At The Internet Over Netflix & Hulu’s Fyre Festival Documentaries

Written by Tom Williams on January 21, 2019

Rapper Ja Rule has hit back after the internet took him to task over his involvement in the shitstorm that was Fyre Festival, as captured in two new documentaries.

Netflix’s FYRE and Hulu’s FYRE FRAUD documentaries were both released last week, detailing the festival’s incredible rise and fall, as well as the actions of its co-founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland (the latter of whom has since been jailed for six years).

Now that the documentaries are out in the wild, Ja Rule has returned fire after copping some criticism for his involvement in creating and marketing the fraudulent festival.

ICYMI, Netflix’s FYRE documentary includes a recording from the aftermath of the festival, in which Ja Rule can be heard telling Fyre employees, “That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud. False advertising, maybe.”

“I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,” Ja Rule told his Twitter followers on Monday morning.

“I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???” he said.

Ja Rule later told a Twitter user that they “still don’t know shit” after having watched both documentaries.

Ja Rule then claimed McFarland was paid for his involvement in the Hulu documentary, and pointed out that Elliot Tebele from Fuck Media/Fuck Jerry — the social media agency behind Fyre Festival — was an executive producer on Netflix’s documentary.

“Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival,” he said.

Ja Rule later claimed he had also been “hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead [sic] astray” by McFarland, and lost “plenty” of money in the process.

Shortly after Fyre Festival was officially cancelled in April 2017, Ja Rule took to Twitter to apologise and say the festival was “NOT A SCAM” and “NOT MY FAULT”.

McFarland was later sentenced to six years in prison for making false statements to investors and sharing fraudulent documents. He also pleaded guilty to separate counts of wire fraud and money laundering after being accused of selling fraudulent tickets to events like the Grammys, Coachella and the Met Gala.

In better news, over USD$100,000 has now been crowdfunded for Maryann Rolle, the caterer who wasn’t paid for her work at Fyre Festival, and who claims to have used USD$50,000 of her own savings to pay her staff during the event.

A crowdfunding campaign is yet to be set up for Ja Rule.

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s FYRE documentary, below.

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