Time Person of the Year snub and Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland could be called a people-pleaser: Sometime before or after last April’s disastrous island getaway, which offered shantytown tents, cheese and bread for dinner, and zero all-star performances for the rich and Instagram famous, he bought Blink-182 a fucking $160,000 yacht.
The New York Post obtained documents revealing that McFarland, who will likely pay up big for wire fraud charges and an array of civil suits, wanted to give his Fyre headliners a taste of the glamour attendees were hoping for. Blink was set to headline the doomed luxury fest but pulled out once they realized it, well, wasn’t going to be much of a festival, and ended up on the receiving end of cash that could’ve otherwise been used toward restrooms, higher-quality tents, or food that eclipsed Lunchables. Elsewhere, the documents reveal that McFarland spent $18,208 on towels (reasonable) and $260,000 on carpet (slightly less reasonable) while the festival was short on running water.
Personally, I plan on living by an anonymous Fyre Festival marketing bro’s mantra—“Let’s just do it and be legends, man”—in every facet of life. Although McFarland (and not the marketing bro, unfortunately) is facing numerous criminal charges, the Post’s source doesn’t think there was a “criminal element,” just a “20-something who unraveled”:
“There was gross mismanagement and a general misunderstanding of how events like this unfold and that purchases weren’t being vetted,” said the source, who referred to McFarland as a “millennial gone wild.”
Basically, they argue he’s too dumb to commit actual fraud, which is a scathing own that will probably never hold up in court:
“The moral of the story is that no one looking to dupe consumers goes and purchases such benign products at tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, they would take the money and run.”
Billy McFarland is my favorite Arrested Development character.