The battle of the Fyre Festival documentaries. I remember hearing about the Fyre Festival back when it happened in 2017, and thinking "Aw, these poor people" and then moving on with my life. Obviously, scams like this happen all the time so I didn't think much of it. But after watching both of the documentaries that Netflix and Hulu put out, I realize scams like this actually don't happen very often. When the trailer for the Netflix documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened dropped, I knew I had to watch it. And then Hulu ended up dropping Fyre Fraud days before... and I was conflicted. So I watched both.
I started off watching Netflix's documentary, just because I'm a loyal Netflix girl. Watching it alone, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But as soon as it was over I wished I had never seen it... so I could rewatch it for the first time over and over again. Yes, it was that good.
Netflix's was downright dirty. I feel like they wanted you to hate the co-founder of the festival, Billy McFarland as well as Ja Rule, the other co-founder. Well, turns out, that was kind of the plan. FYRE was co-produced by Jerry Media, which is F*ck Jerry's media company. You definitely know who he is. They did the social media for Fyre Festival, so you can only imagine that they probably didn't get paid what they were told, and wanted Billy to look as bad as possible. It worked, and I feel like no one felt bad for him while watching the Netflix documentary.
Fyre Festival was supposed to be the new Coachella. It was supposed to make you want to drop all your life savings to see bands like Blink-182, hang out with models such as Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, get driven around on private jets... and not one of those things happened. Instead, they slept in soggy beds, had no running water, cheese on bread for a meal and no way off the island. Netflix definitely went out of their way to make sure you knew how bad the festival was by getting past workers, friends, and even just curious people to talk about the festival. Hulu went in the complete opposite direction.
When you ask Billy McFarland, the creator of Fyre Festival, to do an interview for you, you must know he's going to want people to feel bad for him. And that's what I personally felt while watching the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud. You find out his whole background from when he fixed crayons for his classmates and made a 'business' out of it, to his first big adventure as an 'entrepreneur', which he likes to call himself a lot.
Fyre Fraud definitely dives into more of the informational side of things when it comes to Fyre Festival. While Billy is the star of the Hulu documentary, we all know who the star is of the Netflix documentary. Yes, Andy King who was the event producer and who also was willing to do a lot for the company. Hats off to you, Andy.
No matter if he was in a room with dark lighting, dark clothes, with a brick background behind him, I can't say I really cared for anything Billy McFarland had to say. Even though it was definitely good to get his perspective on things, I felt more of a connection and also felt really bad for everyone who was interviewed during the Netflix FYRE documentary. Also, in the Hulu documentary, they compare Fyre Festival to other 'failed' music festival such as Woodstock. I really don't think you can compare anything to leading people on, then leaving them stranded on an island with hardly any food or running water. But okay, Hulu.
From the minute I started watching the Hulu documentary, I felt a little bored. Billy, who talks unbelievably fast, just wasn't doing it for me. I missed Marc, definitely one of the key aspects of the Netflix documentary, as well as our favourite man Andy. While you watch the Hulu documentary to find out what Billy has to say about his criminal charges (at least I did), at the very end he said he's "not going to comment on any ongoing criminal proceedings". Well, since the news is a thing, we know that Billy is currently spending 6 years in jail, as he pleaded guilty for things he also said he didn't do. Okay.
Billy really is the biggest con artist of our generation, but I think Netflix and Hulu had two totally different ways of addressing the situation. In terms of entertainment, FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened won in my books. I personally felt way more shocked and disturbed after watching Netflix's, rather than sitting through a documentary where Billy, his girlfriend Anastasia Eremenko, sit and talk about who Billy really is behind all of this.
Obviously, the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud had more information and a face to face interview with Billy. However, it's hard to feel bad for him when he feels no remorse. So, in my personal opinion, Netflix's documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened was the winner by far. Can we get another documentary just with Andy King, please?