- Convicted Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland was interviewed by British entrepreneur Steven Bartlett.
- McFarland said he still hasn’t seen Netflix and Hulu shows on his disastrous party.
- He said the documentaries were shown in his prison but he was “too scared” to watch them.
Billy McFarland, the doomed co-founder of the Fyre Festival, said he still hasn’t watched popular Netflix and Hulu shows on his failed music event nearly four years after they premiered.
In an interview with British entrepreneur Steven Bartlett on ‘The Diary of a CEO,’ published Thursday, McFarland was asked if he had seen Netflix’s ‘Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened’ and ‘Fyre Fraud” from Hulu, both of which aired in January 2019.
The shows aired while McFarland was serving a six-year prison sentence, which he received after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges related to the failure of the festival.
He said a USB drive containing the two documentaries had entered the prison and prisoners were watching the broadcasts in the prison TV room.
“I literally walked out, I think I was one of two people that wasn’t in the TV room watching the documentary, but I couldn’t do it,” McFarland said.
“I think I was still in the combative phase where I just didn’t realize everything that had happened and was too scared to hear any allegations or comments from people and not being able to answer,” he added.
McFarland said he would have been “enraged” by “fake” aspects of the show because “there was nothing I could have done about it, so I feel like I wasn’t stable enough or mature enough. at that time to watch this, and I’m probably still not.”
He told Bartlett he still wasn’t ready to watch the documentaries. “I don’t know why, but I’m not ready,” he said.
The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxurious musical fiesta in the Bahamas and was promoted by influencers and models such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Those who purchased tickets, which cost up to $250,000, were promised a full VIP experience with beach cabanas, villas and performances by top artists over two weekends in April 2017.
However, viewers arrived to find they would be sleeping in disaster relief tents and eating cold cheese sandwiches, and the acts they had paid to see would not be performed. The festival was eventually canceled, leaving many people stranded.
In October 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of millions of dollars through various ticketing schemes linked to the Fyre Festival. He was released in March 2022.
McFarland, who recently told The New York Times that he wants to get into tech, told Bartlett he’s received negativity from friends, family and others who have watched the Netflix documentaries. and Hulu.
“Their advice is ‘you’re incompetent, there’s nothing you can do in the future, go work an entry-level office job for 70 hours a week for the rest of your life and shut up,'” he said. McFarland to Bartlett.
He said he could either deal with remorse, guilt and failure for his actions or try again and “take the swing”. He told Bartlett that he chose the latter.