It has been weeks since the Fyre Festival went horribly south, but we learn something new about the “once in a lifetime experience” gone wrong every day since. Now leaked audio of the event’s co-organizer, Billy McFarland, telling employees that they won’t be paid has leaked.
The event that was prematurely dubbed as “the next Coachella” promised ticket holders, who paid as much as $12,000, a weekend of fine dining, eco-modern housing, and music from top artists like Migos, Blink 182, and more went left in a record amount of time. Fyre Festival was promoted by “social media influencers” like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner persuading followers to travel to a private Bahamian island for the getaway of a lifetime. It all started when some event goers couldn’t even get on the island due to the plane not being able to land because of overcrowding. The not-so-lucky ones who were able to land were greeted with FEMA tents, a food shortage, and reportedly angry locals (who can blame them though?). Social media not only clowned the mainly rich Fyre Festival goers, but the two people behind the entire thing, tech mogul Billy McFarland and rap artist Ja Rule.
Since the disappointed and disgruntled attendees returned back to their homes and quickly went to file seven lawsuits (and counting) according to Vanity Fair. Ja Rule started out as the main target because he is a more known celebrity but after some digging, people found that Billy McFarland has a sort of shady history. Which brings us to this scandalous phone call where Billy McFarland tells Fyre Media employees that they will not be paid.
This conversation took place last Friday, well after the Fyre Festival mishap but employees told Vice that something has been up before the festival fail. In leaked audio McFarland and Rule tell employees that there will “be no short term pay” but employees are welcome to stay on although it’s understandable if they didn’t. An employee goes on to ask about unemployment benefit eligibility in which they still haven’t gotten a direct answer on. Another issue that was raised was that they stopped receiving pay stubs in October so employees really have no proof that they’ve been working for a legitimate company these pasts seven months. Lastly, an employee asked if they should be concerned about the FBI to which McFarland replies “I don’t know, I think that’s an individual thing.” Well that’s reassuring!
Hopefully the innocent employees of Fyre Media won’t have to suffer at the hands of a CEO who will most likely still be rich once this whole thing blows over.
What do you think about the phone call? Should Billy McFarland and Ja Rule get away with this or should the employees organize their own lawsuit? Let us know in the comment section below!
By Rikkaya Wilson
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