Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened is a Netflix documentary about the disastrous, so-called “elite,” so-called “exclusive” music festival in the Bahamas. The brainchild of entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the Fyre Festival was meant to promote their new app, Fyre, a platform for booking artists and performers.
Now, I keep reading about the schadenfreude we all apparently experience when we watch these entitled, rich young people experience discomfort for a day or two. This is not my reaction. I do not enjoy watching anyone forced to sleep in a soaking-wet hurricane tent on the beach with no running water, no locks on the doors, no medical staff or real security that I could see, and no customer service to complain to. This was a dangerous situation, and I’m frankly surprised that in all this drunken, close-quarters rage, no one was raped or beaten up. Disaster is not an overstatement.
Hulu has its own documentary, Fyre Fraud, which I tried to watch but couldn’t. It’s more frenetic than Netflix’s version, more difficult to follow. Unlike Netflix, Hulu interviewed McFarland for their film, but he only did it because they paid him to, something like $125,000. So, no thanks, Hulu.
It’s worth watching just to see how easy it is for an entitled white dude with a smile and fast-talking charm to bilk investors–and hard-working Bahamians who were never paid–out of their money. And, good god, the misogyny. It’s a case study in manipulation and probably narcissistic behavior.
Got any other documentary recommendations? I love a good doc!