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Exposing the Truth- Fyre Festival

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In April of 2017, no matter where you turned, you would see articles about the disastrous Fyre Festival. However, Fyre is back in the media as both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries on the event just 4 days apart from each other.

Fyre Festival was a music event created by the company Frye, a web service that allows you to pay for celebrities to come to your events. Run by Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, the music festival was supposed to be a dream Bahamas vacation with beautiful, luxury lodging, and high-class service. With performances by artists like Major Lazer and Blink-182, and endorsements from many famous models (including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid). This event, that costed thousands just to attend, went south very fast. After the guests arrived it was pretty clear what they were in for. The disaster relief tents with soaked mattresses, no musical performances, and poorly made cheese sandwiches that greeted guests soon went viral, and twitter showcased the disaster that still didn’t have a clear solution.

Now almost two years later, Hulu released Fyre Fraud on January 14th and Netflix came out with Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on January 18th. Both documentaries dived deep into why Fyre went wrong, with most blame being placed on Billy McFarland for his poor planning and unwillingness to say no. The big differences between the two is that Hulu’s documentary was able to interview Billy McFarland, while Netflix’s stand out star seems to be Andy King, the event producer, and Marc Weinstein, the festival’s consultant/yoga instructor.  Netflix declined to speak to McFarland, as he demanded to be paid $125,000 to do the interview, while Hulu reportedly paid him $250,000. Little is exactly known about who did what first, but Hulu released their documentary by surprise as the media coverage started to form over Netflix’s documentary.

Though, the best thing to come out over these documentary has to do with Maryann Roelle. Roelle was a restaurant owner who worked heavily with the Fyre Festival as her restaurant was near the campsite for the planned festival. Those who watched the Netflix documentary learned that she paid out of her own pocket $50,000 to her employees, as Fyre had not been able to or was not willing to pay anyone back. So, supporters took to the crowd funding site GoFundMe, and in 21 days they raised over $215,000 to help her and others affected by the event. Hopefully, more good can be created through informative documentaries like this by bringing to light the struggles of the victims, and inspiring people to help.

 

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