Elevator pitch bro turned con artist Billy McFarland was released from prison about a year ago after serving time for wire fraud and defrauding his investors in the pursuit of organizing his failed luxury music festival, Fyre Fest. After getting slapped with a $26 million restitution bill and serving four years behind bars- he’s had a lot of time to think about what he’s done. And Billy’s sooooo sowwy about it all that he’s back to do it again. Last month, Billy announced that he plans to do Fyre Fest 2.0, and the collective response was basically, “Yeah, okay bud, good luck with that.” But this week, Billy came back to TikTok to say he’s in talks with financial backers to make it happen. Either those investors are looking for new ways to waste money, or those investors are about as real as a well-cooked gourmet meal at Fyre Fest.
Back in 2017, Billy McFarland (with the help of Ja Rule, and numerous models) created one of the greatest grifts of the 21st Centrury, the Fyre Festival. The luxury music festival that duped people out of tons of money to watch Ja Rule perform on an island, but instead found themselves trapped on an island with next to zero accommodations, no Ja Rule, and nothing more than a take-away plate of food that looks like it was brought in from the nearest hospital cafeteria. Billy eventually got arrested on fraud charges and was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison. All of us probably figured that Billy’s sentence would stick, and he’d be chowing down on some Fyre Festival-ish cold processed cheese sandwiches in the big house for six whole years. But as it turns out, Billy was just released from prison, that six-year sentence be damned.
Back in 2017, the now-infamous Fyre Festival went off with the wettest of explosions. Like if a shart was a social event, every single thing that could have possibly gone wrong with the music festival imploded around organizers while head honcho of the clusterfuck, Billy McFarland, scrambled. The result was Billy going to prison and attendees filing a class action lawsuit for $100 million against the organizers. The lawsuit has finally been settled, but the attendees aren’t getting anywhere near $100 million. The lawsuit was settled for $2 million.
Tekashi 6ix9ine. Bill Cosby. R. Kelly. What do all of these stunning examples of human men have in common? They want out of prison early so they don’t go the way of convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein and catch coronavirus. Tekashi’s the only one who actually succeeded, but I guess that was enough to inspire the Fyre Festival con artist guy, Billy McFarland, to petition for an early release. Billy’s been serving his six-year sentence for wire fraud since the end of 2018.
The Fyre Festival is part of human history now; a moment in time which we all experienced together and thought, “Wow, what a bunch of shitheads.” On all sides of the equation: people who attended despite all the sketchy things leading up to it, and also the people who planned and organized it as though you could swindle hundreds of people onto an island and get away with it.
Well one of these idiots who was responsible for the whole thing and has talked about doing more in the future, is now officially cleared of one major lawsuit. A judge has ruled that Ja Rule will not be a part of that $100 million class action lawsuit.
Previously the main investor of Woodstock 50 announced that the festival was off because they didn’t think they could put on “an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.”
Well, the organizers of the festival shot down its cancellation and told people the festival was still on. TMZ says that organizers are now accuser that former main investor, Denstu, from stealing funds and sabotaging the festival. Oh bitch, what organizers are going to want to do is start collecting footage so they can create a Netflix documentary that paints them and the people involved in a good light while throwing one specific person under the bus.