Last post we took a look at the Fyre Festival in the context of how powerful social media manipulation has become. Today, let’s discuss what happened there from the perspective of poverty and prosperity consciousness.
As you know, there are two documentaries on it, one from Hulu and the other from Netflix. I watched the latter. And the fascinating thing to me, was all of the “innocent victims” in the film. Web designers, social media marketing agencies, talent bookers, staging and sound companies, etc. Many of them were lamenting bills they had unpaid after the festival.
Sorry. That dog don’t hunt.
True that many didn’t receive their full fee. Also true that many of them knew very early on that there was simply no way in the world that this festival was going to deliver anything even microscopically close to what was being sold. By many of them. They continued on, keeping up the facade that eventually caused thousands of people to be defrauded.
Yet in all the interviews presented, I did not hear one single person accept any personal responsibility. The only thing even close was one person musing whether by continuing to do their job, they might have inadvertently contributed to festival goers being defrauded.
This makes sense once you find out that the agency that made the documentary for Netflix, is the rebranded version of the one that created the whole social media campaign for the festival to begin with. That’s never disclosed in the film. So basically they were just interviewing themselves, presenting it as a documentary. And Hulu reportedly paid Billy McFarland $100,000 to $250,000 for his interview in its version, thereby enriching him even further for the pain he caused people.
Then we have Ja Rule, who keeps painting himself as a victim as well. But ignorance can only buy you so much leeway. The footage of him on the post-meltdown conference call trying to nuance that no one committed fraud, just false advertising, probably won’t play very sympathetic to a jury.
As far as the attendees of the festival that never happened, they certainly were defrauded. But the guy who filed suit and got awarded a $5 million judgment or two - and the man who said he and his cohorts went around knifing holes in tents and pissing on the mattresses so they didn’t have neighbors - don't engender a lot of sympathy from me.
I’m glad to see the restaurateur who used her savings to pay her staff was made whole by a Go Fund Me campaign. But nowhere in the film or since, have I seen anyone doing much for all the workers who were toiling 12-hour days in the sun, setting up the tents, staging, etc.
So on a prosperity consciousness level, there wasn't much here. Not too many people who were living by the laws of prosperity. Such a shame.