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Issa Mess: Unorganized Fyre Festival Brings Ire To Attendees

The "luxury" festival in the Bahamas has been postponed, after it was discovered it was unorganized and not as advertised.

UPDATE (3:00 p.m. EST):

Fyre Festival co-founder, Ja Rule, published a response on Twitter Friday afternoon (April 28), reassuring onlookers that the event was not a scam and efforts to issue refunds are underway.

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Many music fans are demanding their money back from Fyre Festival, a two-weekend event, which was being held in the Bahamas.

Despite being advertised as a "luxury" event, attendees took to Twitter and Reddit Thursday (Apr. 27) to report the event's screwed-up transportation options, while others tweeted about lost luggage, a dismantled festival site and other sketchy occurrences.

According to Variety, tickets for the event ranged between $1,000 and $12,000, with VIP packages costing concertgoers as much as $250,000. Musicians such as Blink-182, Pusha T, Migos, Disclosure and Major Lazer were slated to perform, however, Blink-182 cancelled their performance at the last minute.

"After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could," wrote representatives  for the festival on Twitter, after postponing the event indefinitely. "At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely."

Advertising on the festival's site says that while at the festival, attendees will "be flown roundtrip on a custom, VIP configured Boeing 737 aircraft between Miami International Airport and Exuma International Airport on Great Exuma. Guests will be staying in modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes. Additional housing and events are available for purchase across nearby islands and private cays.”

One fan told Billboard that the domes were "basically disaster relief tents" with a mattress on a bed frame. Attendees were given "boxed lunches" rather than celebrity-chef prepared meals, and flights back to Miami were reportedly canceled due to the island being "over capacity."

Variety reports, " On April 17 the New York Post published a story headlined “Are Fyre Festival organizers in over their heads?” which cited a source as saying “attendees have not yet seen pictures of their ‘villas’ on the fest’s private Bahamian island,” while another source said, “It feels like they have good intentions, but are out of their league … Several companies bailed on working with them because they were very disorganized. They don’t return calls.”

While some publicized their bad festival luck on Twitter, other users got a chuckle out of their misfortune. Check out a few tweets below.

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‘Harriet’ Screenwriter Says Studio Head Wanted Julia Roberts To Play Harriet Tubman

More than two decades before Harriet made it to the big screen, a Hollywood studio executive suggested that Julia Roberts play the leading role of the black freedom fighter and slave abolitionist.

Harriet screenwriter, Gregory Allen Howard, shared the insane story in an interview detailing the 26-year journey to get the film made. “When I got in the business, I wanted to tell these historical stories by turning them into entertainment. I didn't want to give history lessons,” Howard explained.

“I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman's life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie. The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back then. I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.’”

He added that when someone pointed out that Tubman was a black woman the executive replied, “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.”

Howard credits the box office success of 12 Years A Slave and Black Panther with helping to get Harriet on the silver screen. “I told my agent, 'You can't say this kind of story won’t make money now.' Then Black Panther really blew the doors open.”

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The cast also includes, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Jennifer Nettles and Joe Alwyn. “Nearly all” of the characters in the film are based on real people, noted Howard, who has long been intrigued by Tubman's story.

“Even before I knew I was going to be a screenwriter, when I was a history major in college, I thought this was a corker of a story. Don't forget she was the only female conductor on the Underground Railroad. And she never lost a passenger. Other conductors took larger groups but would invariably lose people along the way. Her goal was never to lose anyone. But there was so much more—she was a spy; she was one of the first women to lead soldiers in battle.

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“T.I. coming to the table yes, indeed, the actress and producer told Entertainment Tonight at the AFI Film Fest screening of her new show, Hala. “Of course he’s going to address the controversy that’s been swirling, then he and Tiny sit down and talk about how they survived in regards to their marriage.”

The father of seven has been radio silent on social media in the days since his viral interview on the Ladies Like Us podcast. During the podcast, which is co-hosted by Miguel’s wife Nazanin Mandi, Tip casually explained how he takes his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, to the gynecologist to check her hymen.

The aftermath of the graphic and disturbing admission led to Mani and her co-host, Nadia Moham, issuing an apology. “The comments that were made and the reaction that followed are not in any way a reflection of our personal views on the topic,” the duo stated. “We support and love women and feel that their bodies are theirs to do as they wish. There was absolutely no ill intent toward any party involved & feel deeply awful about the entire incident.”

Deyjah has since deactivated her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

T.I.’s Red Table Talk episode airs next Monday (Nov. 25).

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