Ja Rule's "hustled, scammed, bamboozled" Fyre Fest tweet is now a meme
22 January 2019, 13:03 | Updated: 22 January 2019, 14:41
Ja Rule defended himself against Fyre Fest criticism by insisting that he "too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!" Of course, his tweet has now become the basis of a whole lot of memes.
If Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary taught us anything, it's that things can go from bad to worse in no time at all. In addition to all the startling revelations about "the greatest party that never happened", rapper Ja Rule has taken to social media in recent days to clear his name.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened details the many missteps of festival organisers, including those of Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. The documentary dropped on Friday January 18 and, since then, Ja Rule has used social media to defend his role in the failed event, arguing that he "too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!"
Part of Ja Rule's message might sound familiar. A video of sports journalist Stephen A. Smith saying "we have been hoodwinked, bamboozled , lead astray" etc became popular in 2017. The short speech is also in Spike Lee's 1992 film Malcolm X, in which Denzel Washington delivers the rousing lines.
Ja Rule maintains that he too was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hook winked, lead astray!!!!" by Billy McFarland and the internet's memes suggest they have also experienced these overwhelming emotions.
People realised that they had also been hustled, scammed, bamboozled et cetera.
me when a skincare product does not automatically give me clear skin https://t.co/6Himlr12k5— elena yip (@elena_yip) January 20, 2019
me realizing one direction's so-called hiatus is permanent https://t.co/wIdULyBu4f— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) January 20, 2019
The ultimate scam.
When you graduate with a bachelor's degree and insurmountable debt and the job market isn't what they promised. https://t.co/FBuALiVdWX— aléxandros! (@bodega_gyro_ao) January 21, 2019
me after leaving academia https://t.co/2yk1gKkcBW— petty as self-care praxis (@ednamohamed_) January 20, 2019
Falice stans were LEAD ASTRAY
me when they said Riverdale season 3 was gonna be a big one for Falice https://t.co/OFv350dEjG— katie louise smith (@_katesss) January 21, 2019
Week 1 dating new guy, you tell your friends: He's amazing.— 錢彥霖 | AMY CHYAN (@ayl) January 21, 2019
Week 2: https://t.co/oekTbdphxt
The lady in Gone Girl was a big mood though.
Roses are read,— Summer Brennan 🌈👠 (@summerbrennan) January 20, 2019
Shipping containers of Evian are gray, https://t.co/MfWok36YQg
Did it spark joy? No. Did I need it anyway? Yes.
me having to buy new things after i marie kondo'd my entire home: https://t.co/E1sTOG4FGd— dieworkwear (@dieworkwear) January 21, 2019
Me getting hurt by someone again after giving them their 429th chance, and acting like I could have never seen it coming: https://t.co/UDXgijpMlt— VEGA (@810VEGA) January 21, 2019
This really... hits.
17 year old me: I cannot wait to be an adult! I'm gonna have so much fun in college. And when I graduate, I'm gonna be in my swanky loft in the big city living my dreams!— j (@judygarci) January 21, 2019
Me now: https://t.co/0T2fb0jea9
Ja Rule may think he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked," and "lead astray" but, as it turns out, so was every body else!!