Schadenfreude is a powerful force, especially when you add class resentment to the mix. As news of the chaotic unraveling of the Fyre music festival has spread, Twitter users have had a field day excoriating the Ja Rule-affiliated event and its largely wealthy attendees.
Those who traveled to a Bahamian island for the exclusive festival, after shelling out $1,200 or more for passes, arrived to find wet bedding and lackluster sandwiches instead of the luxury they’d been promised. There were also reports of thefts and a breakdown of transportation services and other infrastructure.
Many wags pointed out that the ensuing struggle was just everyday reality for many of the less fortunate.
Someone at #FyreFestival told an ABC News rep that there was no running water. Now imagine that for about two years. That39;s Flint.- Just Say Bro (@MrTrevorSlim) April 28, 2017
We can39;t have #fyrefestival refugees entering this country until we figure out what the hell is going on.- Dustin (@dustinrefill) April 28, 2017
The real tragedy about #fyrefestival is those who were dumb enough to go will suddenly believe they39;re experts on day-to-day struggle.- Peter Barkley (@peter_barkley) April 29, 2017
The people stuck at #fyrefestival need to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and stop asking for handouts via social media.- Juche J (@BlackAutonomist) April 28, 2017
Rich kids at #FyreFestival: We paid $2000 to get here and all we got was crappy tents and our stuff stolen!- Svenja G (@SvenjaLiv) April 29, 2017
Refugees: Huh. Imagine that.
#FyreFestival rebranding disaster-relief tents as "luxury glamping" is so poetic it hurts.- Danny Bultitude (@dannybultitude) April 29, 2017
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The idea that the wealthy young attendees were gullible saps also surfaced again and again.
I think one striking thing about #fyrefestival is models on Instagram luring partygoers to their doom like modern-day sirens- Rachel Jane Andelman (@rajandelman) April 28, 2017
If you pay $12,000 for JA Rule and Blink 182...- Kevin Brackley (@kjbrackley) April 29, 2017
A. You39;re an idiot
B. You got what you deserve
C. I don39;t feel sorry for you
(The sense that attendees got scammed is reinforced by a rumor that celebrities were warned not to attend the festival’s opening weekend.)
A critical mass of responses were downright nasty, indulging in fantasies of violence and despair among the rich.
I39;ve always dreamed of building elaborate deathtraps that attract the 1% but #fyrefestival actually went and did it, kudos- Amy Dentata (@AmyDentata) April 28, 2017
I was having a terrible night but then I went through the #fyrefestival tag. Nothing cheers me up like rich kids suffering.- Monica Quirk (@monicaaquirk) April 29, 2017
So, TIL it turns out watching obscenely wealthy people being trapped & abused gets me aroused. *The More You Know* https://t.co/kyTaZBwlJl- Amerigoon (@u4eahh) April 29, 2017
Brands have wisely steered clear of the class strife, but one apparently satirical account took a swing on RC Cola’s behalf-and earned some serious traction for it:
If any reminder was needed, the Fyre fallout shows just how deep antipathy for the wealthy runs in our increasingly unequal era.