For an event whose continued presence in the public consciousness is due entirely to the fact that it was a failure beyond the imagination of even the most hardened pessimists, the Fyre Festival sure is a money spinner. Netflix and Hulu have both profited from the catastrophe with the documentaries FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Fyre Fraud, respectively, proving that people just can’t get enough of seeing rich people suffer.
Now there’s more cash to be made out of the already-legendary real-life Kamp Krusty that brought its organiser Billy MacFarland a six-year prison stretch and Ja Rule the kind of return to public prominence that faded pop stars get when they wish on a monkey’s paw. Manhattan’s US Attorney’s Office has announced an auction of leftover Fyre merchandise that was not snapped up at the time by the wealthy funseekers who showed up to a festival and found themselves in a refugee camp.
Yes, Fyre Festival sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, hats, wristbands and medallions are on offer, and bids will no doubt be flooding in from people eager to grab a slice of history and deck themselves out in shades of vividly ironic schadenfreude.
Proceeds from the sale of these prized items will go towards repaying the debts owed to suppliers who were betrayed by the ambitious-yet-awful visionary MacFarland. So…the system works?