Following a moment of confusion in which Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule—perhaps knowing what’s to come—claims “I’m on the phone, but I can barely hear you all because of this fucking hum” and hangs up, McFarland, abandoned by his cool friend, breaks the bad news:

“After conferring with our counsel and all financial people, unfortunately we are not able to proceed with payroll,” he says. “We’re not firing anyone; we’re just letting you know that there will be no payroll in the short term.”


The employees—upon learning that they aren’t exactly being laid-off, but also no longer being paid—are understandably confused.

Among the questions asked:

This is, as the ancient Greeks would say, an absolute clusterfuck. You can read VICE’s full report here.