(AllHipHop News) The disastrous 2017 Fyre Festival was thrust back into the public's consciousness after two different documentaries about the event premiered last week. Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu's Fyre Fraud put the fest's co-founder Ja Rule in the hot seat.
A lot of viewers were especially bothered by a scene in Fyre where a Bahamian woman discussed having to spend her life savings to cover the costs from the failed event. After spending hours responding to critics on Twitter, Ja finally offered an apology to Maryann Rolle.
"My heart goes out to this lovely lady... MaryAnne Rolle we’ve never met but I’m devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl... SORRY to anyone who has been negatively effected [sic] by the festival," wrote Ja Rule on Instagram.
TMZ recently interviewed Rolle, and she was asked about the Queens rapper's offering of remorse. While the Exuma Point Resort owner showed appreciation for the apology, Rolle made it clear she wants Ja to also put his money where his mouth is.
"If he's sorry he should be donating something to me because 'sorry' is more than a word, it's action, so I hope he puts his 'sorry' into action," said Rolle. "I would hope he donates $100,000 so I can bless some hurting folks here in the Bahamas."
A verified GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign was started to help Rolle. As of press time, over 5,000 people have donated a total of $159,331. The description for the "Exuma Point- Fyre Fest Fiasco" fundraiser reads:
It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival. Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals. 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.
Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $26 million for wire fraud. Additionally, McFarland and Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins were named as defendants in several lawsuits for fraud, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and other alleged transgressions.