Fyre Festival Merchandise Being Forced Into Auction To Pay Victims
Photo Credit: @Rushay via Twenty20

Photo Credit: @Rushay via Twenty20

Fyre Festival Merchandise Being Forced Into Auction To Pay Victims

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Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Aug 4, 2020

We will never forget the infamous Fyre Festival fraud. The 2017 event in the Bahamas will remain a cautionary tale in pop culture history for the rest of our lives.  What you may have forgotten is Billy McFarland, the organizer and man at the helm of the event, who is now serving a six-year sentence for fraud.

Through August 13, the US Marshals are auctioning off a collection of hats, shirts, wristbands, and other merchandise from the festival seized by the federal government from Billy McFarland.

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“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.”

The online auction is already picking up steam with several Fyre-branded hats initially listed at $15 now up to $300 to $400.

Photo via txauction.com
Photo via txauction.com

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The Fyre Festival fraud began as a music festival set in the Bahamas with headliners including Blink-182, Migos, Lil Yachty, and Major Lazer. The hefty price tag and a slew of models and social media influencers backing the experience made it look like the event of the decade. As we know, the disastrous reality of the festival included flimsy tents, basic food, and inadequate amenities to say the least.

If you don’t know the full story, you can watch the Hulu and Netflix produced documentaries, recounting the fall of the festival. After viewing, you’ll understand why people are flocking to purchase Fyre merchandise and to own a piece of pop culture history.