Fyre Festival founders scramble in the aftermath of ruined event

The organization issued a mea culpa and said: ‘We thought we were ready, but then everyone arrived.’ Here’s an overview of the fallout—along with a few lessons to consider.

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The ill-fated fete, which entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule organized and several famous models promoted, was canceled after its first day. Apologies are flowing in after the Bahamas-based festival captured headlines around the globe for what a disaster it became.

Weather was a factor in damaging much of the infrastructure that was built, and then people started arriving. Attendees were left without places to sleep and little to eat and drink.

It became immediately clear that the festival was ill prepared. Tweets such as these started popping up:

This sums up Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/x4xcFBL8Yg

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

Though the event was a nightmare for attendees, most social media users had no sympathy for those who were left stranded:

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