First of all- Billy McFarland should not have a twitter, let's start off there.
Billy McFarland is the notorious fraudster who was the creator behind the doomed music fest "Fyre Festival". You might have seen the doc on Netflix. Well, get ready to bust out the cheese sammys and disaster-relief tents, because Billy is outta jail now, and just tweeted "Fyre Festival II is finally happening, tell me why you should be invited?". (see tweet below). Don't get burned by the "Fyre Fest Do-Over"!
If you're unfamiliar w/ the saga, Fyre Fest was meant to be a luxury event on Pablo Escobar’s former private island in the Bahamas. McFarland had teamed up with Ja Rule to create a line-up of musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty, Blink-182, and Pusha T, among others. The festival was promoted all over social media by celebs like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Emily Ratajkowski. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Sure, except that when attendees finally arrived for the much-hyped Fyre Fest, they found the aforementioned disaster-relief tents as accommodations (with water-soaked mattresses, to boot) and the paltry cheese sandwiches as meals. It wasn’t anywhere close to the VIP experience they had been promised—and they made sure to tell social media all about it.
After the saga was publicized all over the internet, McFarland pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in 2018 and was sentenced to serve six years in prison. (He was released early in March 2022.) He was additionally ordered to pay back $26 million to his investors. If you want to dive even further into the mess, both Netflix and Hulu made documentaries about the disastrous ordeal. (And back in 2019, you could have bought the island where the whole thing took place for a cool $11.8 million.)
Despite all the drama, McFarland has seemingly returned for Fyre Fest round two. There aren’t yet any details as to when and where the event will take place, but one must hope that the planning is at least slightly more legit this time around, if the festival ever gets off the ground at all. We can’t quite imagine who would invest in it—let alone pay to show up—when we all know how well that worked out the first time.