Interesting news coming out of the HARD and Holy Ship! world today. In an article recently posted by THUMP, it's been brought to our attention that the festival taking place at sea and on a private island has been spying on fans through Facebook and blacklisting those who referenced drugs from future events.
Dedicated members of #Shipfam received strange messages stating "We were very disappointed to see your recent comments in a Holy Ship! group page on Facebook - your posts have been documented and brought to our attention." The message then mentioned their reservation had been canceled, and they would be blacklisted from all future events.
This quickly led to an uproar and anger amongst the community, following Holy Ship! members receiving the news. Messages were allegedly sent by Cloud 9 Adventures, which is Holy Ship's cruise ship partner, and signed by Beats At Sea, LLC, their holding company.
The message went on to state "Public remarks made about bringing illegal controlled substances onto the ship and in effect crossing a national border with contraband," and reaffirmed the zero tolerance policy of drugs from the company.
The initial response occurred around 3 PM today, followed by more and more Holy Ship! followers receiving the same message. Many of these comments were reportedly from closed and private Facebook groups, leading to questions and concern regarding how Cloud 9 was able to access this information.
While full refunds are being offered to those removed and blacklisted, this hasn't prevented those who received the messages from speaking out against the organization and seeking more information. It's unclear if Gary Richards or the actual HARD organization had much say in this matter, but we will keep you updated on more information as we hear about it.
Article Source: THUMP