Let me hip y’all to the T. There is one person that you do not want to piss off in this world, that is an educated gay black man. The educated gays will surely rearrange all things that are your life with their words, leaving you to pick up the pieces with no direction. The Goup Of The Century, more commonly recognized as Inferno DR 2013 has been the source of chatter within the gay community since Wednesday afternoon. If you are not aware of what all is gong on read here [Inferno DR Cancelled: Stranded in The Dominican Republic. No Money, No Answers, Travel Company Silent!]
Since the disaster stuck, the public relations and rectification efforts have been handled with zero compassion and utter disregard for those who paid in full for their vacations and those who were/are stranded in the Dominican Republic. Oddly enough, many of the victims have decided to turn lemons into lemonade. Coming together to assist those who were stranded with lodging, organizing their own parties, and fellow shipping together in the spirit of Gay Pride,the victims of Inferno 2013 have shown resilience and preserved . No tea no shade, but you know they did not do this silently, nor should they have.
Troops on the ground in The Dominican Republic Reached out to The Doll and asked if they could use this platform to send a special message to Mr. Will Williams and the the general public as a whole. Most certainly I had to oblige them. I would not be Funky Dineva Ross if I didn’t! Folks have got some pretty interesting things to say to Mr. Williams. They’ve also uncovered a few interesting facts that further support the notion that
Will Darvin Williams was partaking in some shady business practices. Catch these T’s
A necessary response:
Pursuant to the multiple misleading public relations statements that have been released and the apology from Mr. Will (Davon) Williams, I offer my response.
You demonstrated failed leadership and you failed us.
You demonstrated everything that is negatively associated with our people
You knew this was going to happen and strategically failed to notify us in advance even while taking money from attendees for upgrades/excursions.
You did not even come to Punta Cana but drafted public relations statements as if you were the victim.
The true victims were my brothers who stood in a lobby dumbfounded as to how their first international vacation instantly dwindled into a nightmare. Some had no idea how to immediately rectify the situation because your organization had exhausted their available credit limit; their cell phones did not work out of the United States and the language barrier proved insurmountable.
But this community did what it had always done well. Since Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin and voiceless others, we remained resilient. We doubled and tripled our accommodations and made sure that no one was homeless and decided to move forward with a spirit of positivity despite being had by you.
Let’s be very clear…there were no discrepancies between you and the hotel. For reasons directly related to your business integrity, the Melia required payment by August 7. There is an email that you received making you aware of this. The tea is you required our payment on July 15. So in your next press release it would be really helpful if you explained why you did not send appropriate funds to the hotel on our
behalf. Moreover please explain where our money is.
Here’s what you did:
You wrote a page in our history that will forever demonstrate the challenges we have trusting our own to protect our interests.
You sold us a false dream.
Now…I want to be clear…do us all a favor and imagine the precarious situation you effected on our lives and write your next pr plug to that end. We planned. We primed. We moved funds. We ate small meals. We did two-a-days in the gym. But more important, we trusted you.
For me and many others, Inferno will forever be a memory that faded to black on Wednesday. The takeover that ensued when strangers became friends under adversity, will be the experience I plan to relive again and again. Obviously, it will be through very different means.
I hesitated to even address your flaccid response but I became appalled at the subtle attempt to deflect responsibility, color the truth and deliberately fail to include the facts of this situation.
You have a failed payment history with the Melia hotel and you were given a payment structure that required you to transfer necessary
funds by Aug 7.
You didn’t do that and placed inferno DR 2013 in jeopardy.
You continued to take our money up to Tuesday and Wednesday of this week despite full knowledge that this sham was in motion.
You did not come to Punta Cana during the anticipated start of Inferno to work on plausible solutions or to address them directly.
You sent a passive-aggressive cancellation email as people checked in totally blindsiding many of us. Further, you mentioned postponement as if Labor Day falls differently on the calendar this year.
You failed to discuss immediate refunds which would have allowed almost all attendees to offer these funds to the hotel.
You charged us $120 for excursions that were later offered for $60…and of
course, the tour operators were not paid by you.
Failure! Absolute undeniable failure!
Some cancelled vacation plans and many of us persevered as non- refundable airline tickets and. Prior vacation planning made this appointment one we intended to keep.
So…I think, we the attendees and consumers who have funded your personal wealth, deserve better from you. As it stands, we were exploited.
Further. If you are most interested in posting your apologies and statements on public websites in an effort to save face…address the situation on the ground in Punta Cana first. Oh wait…you never came.
The court of public opinion has and will continue to speak. You made this a public disaster on Wednesday. However, we made it a public success on Wednesday night when DR recovery and the takeover began.
My prayer is that our community grows stronger and wiser after this weekend. May this experience teach us lessons of resilience and strength. May it give us fortitude to push forward when the environment pushes against us. Finally, I pray that we refuse to accept less than what we deserve, even from one of our own.
Offered with the best of intentions, One of many people you conned.
P.S. We are not waiting on you to address refunds. We’ve empowered our credit card issuers to settle that matter with you.
Chile talk about going in and letting have! Yes Gawd! You better fight for your right to party! lol. I don’t know why that felt like the right thing to say at the moment. I’m glad to see that everyone in The Dominican Republic was able to turn this thing around quickly and make the best of things. I’m sure after the cocktails started pouring, everyone was tootse rollin up and down the beach with the natives.
As always, I’ll deliver continued coverage of The Goup Of The Century, Inferno DR 2012
It’s labor day weekend, do you know who has your money?