Billy McFarland's first-ever attempt at throwing a music festival may have been one of the biggest flops in human history, but that's not stopping him from trying again. On Sunday (April 9), the convicted felon announced via Twitter that he's plotting another event in the near future, and he's already seeking out eager volunteers to make an appearance on the guest list. "🔥 Fyre Festival II is finally happening," he wrote on the weekend. "Tell me why you should be invited."
Earlier this month, McFarland interestingly spoke out about his desire to return gracefully to the public eye, writing, "I was one of the most Googled people in the world. What’s next will be the biggest comeback of all time. My plan: get some wins under my belt; rebuild trust, and build an audience so I can build the next media empire." As Variety notes, his latest announcement comes shortly after his release from prison last year. The 31-year-old served four years of a six-year sentence after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding investors and scamming ticket buyers. He additionally received a hefty fine of $26 million, which he has vowed to find a way to pay.
Billy McFarland is Planning a Comeback
In response to his Fyre Festival news, many users chimed in with skeptical reactions. "Tell me why you shouldn't be in jail?" one user asked McFarland. "It's in the best interest of those I owe for me to be working," he retorted. "People aren't getting paid back if I sit on the couch and watch TV. And because I served my time." Someone else suggested that they should be invited to the upcoming event, "because [they're] not Ja Rule," which earned an obvious seal of approval from the embattled businessman.
"I know a safer way to enjoy music," the official LimeWire account quipped, though they weren't fortunate enough to earn a reply from the original poster. Keep scrolling to read more Twitter reactions to Billy McFarland's big announcement. Afterward, let us know if you'll be attending Fyre Festival 2.0 in the comments below.