Have you guys seen “Fyre” yet?

Photo credit: BBC via Netflix 

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!

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14 Responses to Have you guys seen “Fyre” yet?

  1. Kate says:

    That Apollo 11 film looks fascinating. I guess it aired at Sundance to rave reviews and it uses actual footage from the event and weaves it together into a documentary. Gizmodo tweeted the trailer today, and they speculated that it will be in theaters for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer. This nerd will be there. My dad, may he Rest In Peace, woke me and my siblings up to see it as it happened. My first desktop came with encyclopedia discs that had the same footage I watched with my dad, and I had the privilege of showing it to my kids. :’)

  2. nastyemu says:

    I watched both docs and think they’re both worth watching but I liked the Hulu one better. I thought it did a better job of showing exactly what kind of sociopath McFarland is, and having those interviews with him was a big part of that. Hopefully whatever he got paid is getting seized and paid out to the people he defrauded.

    Also, the Netflix doc was made by Jerry Media, who were the ones promoting the festival up to the very end, even when they knew it was going to be a shit show, so fuck them for profiting twice off a disaster.

    • Tracey says:

      Oh! I was trying to figure out some tweets about FuckJerry the other day, the owner donated $30K to some GoFundMe and people were like, “not enough, FuckJerry!”

  3. taoreader says:

    You’re no doubt right about McFarland, which is probably why I couldn’t stand to watch him. Just looking at him made me mad.

  4. Tracey says:

    I was wondering which of the two docs was better. I thought it was funny that Hulu dropped their first with no notice. But I have to be honest about something: I don’t generally like documentaries. I’m sure they are great, I just prefer the dumbed-down Hollywood version of stories with lots of special effects, I guess. I should watch the documentary Keanu made and see if that does anything for me.

  5. hotspur says:

    I will never get tired of promoting a documentary called The Barkley Marathons. It is about a super-exclusive, very difficult race run in Tennessee, and you should look up nothing about it or its subject matter before watching it.

  6. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I haven’t seen either of these movies in years, but the documentary Trekkies was very funny to me at the time I saw it.

    And I also really loved Helvetica. Yes, it is a documentary about a font. Yes, that sounds very boring. Maybe I am bias as a graphic designer, but I thought it was good many moons ago.

    I heard the new movie Three Identical Strangers is great. I also heard you should know nothing about it going in, so I have no details since I do kind of want to see it.

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