In case you’re just getting caught up, or like many people, woke up to see something called the “Fyre Festival” trending on Twitter and thought to yourself, “what fresh hell is this,” here’s the rundown. Held in the Exumas, Bahamas, the Fyre Festival was touted as a luxury music festival organized by Ja Rule and an entrepreneur named Billy MacFarland, which promised chartered flights, luxury villas, and gourmet meals for ticket packages starting at $1,500, but going for as much as $250,000.
Instead, concertgoers found themselves packed into the economy class like cattle and taken to an island with shoddy, poorly constructed tents, porta potties, and — the horror — cheese sandwiches, as you can see above. The situation quickly became compared to Lord of the Flies as the festival was cancelled and so were all incoming flights, leaving those already in attendance stranded on the island with little or no food, water, and electricity. It’s even gotten to the point that the U.S. embassy in Nassau has reportedly begun intervening to help the stranded.
In what will surely come as a huge surprise however, many of us are having a difficult time finding sympathy for the wealthy millennials who spent thousands and thousands of dollars to rub elbows with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid on a private beach in the lap of luxury. And while the Twitter hashtag #FyreFestival initially brought attention to the plight of festival refugees (festugees?), it’s also bringing jokes. Lots of jokes.
In complete seriousness and without a trace of irony, we sincerely hope everyone involved gets home safe and sound.