“As somebody once said, there’s a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-presence of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others, that makes other people feel more…alive. Because it didn’t happen to them.”
Presciently, and quite ironically, Cameron Crowe hit the nail on the head about the infamy of fiascos with his own career disaster, “Elizabethtown,” in 2005. And this weekend, it was made official — Fyre Festival has become 2017’s pop-culture capital “F” fiasco, the Dashcon 2.0, TRUMP STYLE for the music set. Rapper Ja Rule and co-organizer Billy McFarland’s music festival was to feature performances from Blink-182, Migos and Major Lazer and styled itself as a “cultural moment” for the Instagram glitterati, moneyed jetsetters and passionate partygoers who also (kind of) like music. Unfortunately for them, the festival collapsed like a bad soufflé when ticket holders arrived to the Great Exuma Islands to find complete and utter chaos, with comparisons being made to “The Hunger Games,” “Lord Of The Flies” and the Stanford Prison Experiment. To top off the cherry-sh*t sundae, patrons were essentially left stranded on the island as outbound flights were scarce.
But at least we have a silver lining — art takes inspiration from life and will give us a gift of pure comedic gold. Comedy mogul Seth Rogen (“The Interview,” “Sausage Party”) just announced on Twitter that he and the Andy Samberg-led comedy trio The Lonely Island are already collaborating to make a similar movie about a music festival WHERE. EVERYTHING. GOES. WRONG. Now that is entertainment I would willingly pay a pretty penny to see, especially if it is as amazing as the criminally underseen, hopefully soon-to-be-vindicated “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” And who knows? Maybe one day, those poor unwitting Fyre Festival hostages can watch the film and have a good chuckle over their traumatic, Iraq war zone-esque experience. Either way, if they’re making fun of the Coachella/Fyre Festival crowd, this week’s Twitter schadenfreude might mean there’s an enormous audience out there just waiting to lap up this movie.
This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 28, 2017
And a little word of advice for organizers of future events while we’re here: when you drop enormous amount of dough on advertising and marketing (I’m sure Bella Hadid charged a pretty penny), you better have dotted all of your Is and crossed your Ts, because if you don’t walk the walk to match your talk, the millennial audiences you are so desperately courting for their dollar$$$$ while sneering at them behind their backs will destroy you. Good luck trying to find financiers; those 2018 VIP passes would be better served as toilet paper.