You’re not fired, you’re Fyred.
A conference call with Fyre Festival cofounders and their unpaid employees went about as well as their cataclysmic Caribbean event last month.
“We’re not asking anyone to stay employed,” cofounder Billy McFarland can be heard telling staff in audio obtained by Vice News. “There’s no more official employment.”
The man who got people to shell out as much as $ 12,000 for a festival featuring the trendiest disaster relief tents goes on to explain that paychecks for the last two weeks of work aren’t on the way, stating, “We’re not firing anybody. We’re just letting you know that there will be no payroll in the short term.”
Not one to be left out, Ja Rule, Fyre Festival cofounder and artist behind the seemingly prescient “Uh-Ohhh!” was also in on the conference call, albeit in a limited capacity.
“I’m on the phone, but I can barely hear you all because of this f—ing hum,” said the rapper.
In the same conversation held last Friday, workers pointed out that if they don’t get fired, it would complicate things for them when it comes to unemployment.
“So you’re not going to lay us off, which would allow us to file for unemployment benefits?” asked an employee. “You just are not going to pay us any more then, making us quit ourselves.”
McFarland responded by saying he was “not aware of how this affects unemployment benefits,” but “if that impacts you, you can email me.”
The Fyre Media CEO admitted, “I understand that this is not an ideal situation for everybody.”
According to Vice, the majority of the remaining Fyre employees collectively quit over the weekend and on Monday.
Fyre Festival became a social media sensation, if only for the amount of chaos wealthy attendees were being shown to endure, including cheaply made cheese sandwiches and threats of a Blink-182 performance.
“What we thought was cool got really bad really fast,” festivalgoer Brett Linkletter told “Good Morning America.” “The drinks were room temperature, there was absolutely no food. … It was literally like ‘The Hunger Games.'”
McFarland and Ja Rule are facing several lawsuits related to the event, including a $ 100 million federal lawsuit.