Ja Rule Apologizes To Bahamian Restaurateur Who Lost Savings In Fyre Festival Fiasco, She Says He Should Donate Some Money

January 22, 2019  |  

Ja Rule In Concert - New York City

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This past three-day weekend people spent their days binging. And the documentaries that had everyone talking were about the Fyre Festival. Both Hulu and Netflix released docs on the subject. The Hulu one paid Billy McFarland, the founder of the festival, to share what went wrong.

I won’t spoil the documentary for those of you who haven’t seen it. But quite a few people were taken advantage of in an attempt to put on a festival that was ill-fated from the very beginning. The Bahamian people hired by McFarland and his company to help build the infrastructure for the festival were never paid. And most memorably was the story Mary Ann Rolle shared.

Rolle worked at a restaurant which provided food for the festival guests when they first arrived. And based on Billy’s word, she took $50,000 out of her savings to pay the people who cooked in the days leading up to the festival.

And like so many other people including festival goers, investors and more, she never received her money.

Thankfully, in response to Rolle sharing her story, someone started a Go Fund Me on her behalf. When I first looked at it on Saturday, the campaign had raised $88,000. And the number kept increasing. The goal of $123,000 was exceeded with people having currently raised $166,828 on Rolle’s behalf.

The campaign has gone viral and in response, Ja Rule, who was the lone celebrity on the Fyre Festival staff apologized to her for the inconvenience.

Rolle heard of Ja Rule’s apology and issued a response of her own to TMZ.

“I really didn’t see that. Not as yet. I feel from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. I don’t know if he was aware of the pain and hard work that I went through because he was in the front line of everything. But I am glad he was aware of it and he did apologize. That, in itself, speaks volumes that he should be donating something to me. Sorry is more than a word, it’s an action. I hope he puts his sorry into action. I hope he donates $100,000 so I can bless some folks here in the Bahamas who were working also. I hoping he does do that.”



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