It’s been almost three years since the infamous Fyre Festival took place, and sadly those orange IG tiles and pics of sad cheese sandwiches still haunt us to this very day.
However, even after his demise, the festival’s now-imprisoned co-founder Billy McFarland continued to pop up. On both Netflix and Hulu with two different, yet equally cringey documentaries, and now once again, but this time not on his terms.
The US Marshals are auctioning off 126 minor items that were seized from Billy’s fraudulent 2017 event in the Bahamas. A collection of hats, wristbands, long-sleeve shirts, sweatpants, hoodies and a souvenir token that ironically reads, “a conspiracy to change the entertainment world” on it.
"This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release," US Marshal Ralph Sozio said in a press release "The proceeds from the sale of these items, all traceable to McFarland's $26 million fraud, will go toward the victims of his crimes," he said.
The online auction will last through August 13, and is actually performing quite well, with bidding looking to be very competitive as several Fyre-branded hats that were initially listed at $15 have already soared to $200 to $300.
For those of you who might not know, but seriously though how could you not? The Fyre Festival, was intended to be a music festival set in the Bahamas, advertised by social media influencers, including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, as a weekend paradise filled with music and fun in the sun among celebrities, private yachts, five-star chefs. The star-studded lineup included Blink-182, Migos, Lil Yachty, Major Lazer and more. Festival tickets were astronomically priced to reflect the exclusivity of the event.
However, those who payed a great deal of money for tickets were instead treated to mass disorganization, half-built tents and skimpy food options (sad cheese sandwiches) on a largely undeveloped island. The tragic, and for that matter lack of festival planning, led musical artists to back out and a number of civil lawsuits alleging fraud were later filed against the organizers.
While festival co-founder Ja Rule was recently pardoned from a $100 million lawsuit, McFarland is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for fraud, as a result of pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud in 2018 as part of his role in defrauding Fyre Festival investors and ticket vendors, which according to the prosecutors amasses to a sum of about $26 million.
McFarland clearly didn’t learn his lesson the first time around and additionally ended up pleading guilty to a charge of bank fraud for a "sham ticket scheme" that he conducted while out on bail. Plus another count of bank fraud for unauthorized usage of an employee’s name and account number when writing a check, and as if that wasn’t enough, he topped it all off by making false statements to federal law enforcement about the aforementioned fraudulent acts.
Even though we abhor his actions and the events that went down that ill-fated April 2017, not gonna lie, this merch is kind of “Fyre.” We might need us those sweatpants, since all we do is lounge around at home (insert shrug emoji).