Get Ready For Another Fyre Festival ‘Documentary’ By Seth Rogen And Andy Samberg
How do you spoof something that already appears as parody.
We are two documentaries deep into reflecting on the infamous Fyre Festival disaster scam, but we’re not finished with it yet. It turns out that Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg are working on a spoof documentary of the Fyre Festival to really highlight the comedic absurdity of the whole thing.
Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island comedy trio made up of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone, actually teased the production back in 2017, though spoken nothing off the project since then.
This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG.
In discussion with the Daily Beast, Taccone described the new flick as something similar to The Lonely Island’s tour documentary spoof, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
“I don’t want to divulge all the details” He said. “But we’re figuring it out right now. You’ve seen the docs, right? It’s crazy. This is something that Akiva and Seth cooked up, and we’re figuring it all out right now.”
It will be interesting to see how they manage to take the piss out of the Fyre Festival disaster, when the whole thing really takes the piss out of itself. But having Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg involved definitely sounds promising.
Fyre Festival’s Water Supply ‘Hero’ Is Getting Offers He Doesn't Deserve To Have His Own TV Show
Andy King is not a hero.
Whether or not you watched Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary, you are probably aware of the blow job incident. To recap, the now-jailed Fyre Festival organiser Billy McFarland asked veteran event producer and ‘friend’ Andy King to suck dick to get the water supply released from customs and save the festival.
“You’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down. Will you… suck… dick to fix this water problem?” McFarland apparently asked of King.
And while he didn’t have to follow through, King admitted that,
“I got to his office, fully prepared to suck his dick.”
Of course this guy is now fielding several offers for his own TV show. That is the kind of publicity that becoming a viral sensation can give.
This scene from the documentary understandably turned King into an internet sensation. He was a meme, he was ‘the ultimate friend’, and he’s still referred to as “the unsung hero” of the Fyre Festival.
But the problem is that the outlandishness of this single anecdote has eclipsed King’s culpability in the Fyre Festival scam and relieved him of the need to show any meaningful remorse.
Although King definitely experienced exploitation, and his consistent faith in Billy signals a serious case of delusion, his hands aren’t totally clean in this whole mess.
Elsewhere in the documentary he compares the impending doom of the Fyre Festival to Woodstock – where plenty of festival-goers suffered from lack of food, plumbing, and transport after cars were stranded in a 62-mile long traffic jam that lasted for 12 days.
King knew the festival was going to be a disaster, but it seems he thought it would be worth it if they could make a big splash. It doesn’t exactly scream of compassion for the actual people attending the festival, only for his own team and their legacy.
And although, understandably, King says he doesn’t want to be known as ‘the blowjob king’, he is now embracing the fame that the documentary moment has given him.
“I’m blown away with the response of the documentary. Completely blown away. I’m now a noun, a verb, an adjective. It’s mind-boggling,” King told Netflix in an interview.
“One of our biggest goals, obviously, is paying back all the people in the Bahamas,” he says, seeming to ambiguously take credit for the successful GoFundMe campaign that the festival’s caterer Maryann Rolle started to restore the savings she used to pay her own staff after everyone was left unpaid. Maryann Rolle was the unsung hero of the Fyre Festival, not Andy King.
But of course, it is Andy King who is in talks to start his own TV show.
“I had three TV show offers this week, from notable networks,” King told Vanity Fair.
“In the old world of TV it was The Carol Burnett Show and these fun, light-hearted shows that weren’t all crime-related,” he explained. “You see the attractiveness of HGTV today. People love Flip or Flop or Fixer Upper. Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events—what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliff-hangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”
He’s also been offered ad campaigns with three different water companies, naturally.
King openly admits he’s going to “embrace” his newfound celebrity, in the hopes to garner attention for his own business Inward Point. The company’s ethos is to produce sustainable, zero-waste, and inclusive events, so at least it appears to be contributing to something positive.
However at the end of the day, Andy King was decidedly involved in the mass deception executed by the Fyre Festival. He’s managed to sidestep any blame and now is enjoying financial gain from being a part of something that left hundreds of Bahamian workers unpaid and facilitated an unsafe experience for hundreds of people (the documentary skims over the potential incidents that occurred overnight with no light and too much alcohol fuelling a Lord of the Flies atmosphere at the festival.)
Andy King just does not deserve his own TV show.
The Epic GoFundMe Campaign For The Bahamian Caterer Scammed By Fyre Festival Shows The Power Of Documentary
While it became something of a sport to poke fun of the rich kids who blew an outlandish amount of money on the opportunity to have a ‘luxury experience’ and party with supermodels, the Netflix documentary also highlighted where people really deserve our empathy.
One of those people, is Maryann Rolle, the local Bahamian restaurant owner who catered for the Fyre Festival organisers and unlucky attendees. In her emotional retelling of the Fyre Festival mess, Rolle tells the cameras that she paid her local workers with US$50k of her own savings after Billy McFarland and his crew split without paying anyone.
Being able to communicate the visible hurt and damage the Fyre Festival inflicted on Rolle is a powerful call to action for people. When we are made to hear out the victims of suffering, empathy can be ignited and harnessed to make actual good things happen.
Maryann Rolle definitely got people to care, and outrage for her heart-wrenching story quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.
The best thing to come out of the Fyre Festival documentary is that money has been crowdfunded to reimburse Maryann Rolle, and then some.
Rolle started the GoFundMe campaign herself, and it’s now trending and raised nearly AU$200 thousand from 4,546 people in just seven days. In the message on her campaign, she admits “my only resource today is to appeal for help.”
“It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival.” She wrote. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals.
Fyre Fest organizers were also checked into all the rooms at Exuma Point Resort.
As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.
My only resource today is to appeal for help.
There is an old saying that goes “bad publicity is better than no publicity” and I pray that whoever reads this plea is able to assist.”
It’s extremely uplifting that people came through to help Maryann Rolle, and it demonstrates the sheer power that documentary filming can have to bring people’s stories alive to the greater public. Fyre Festival is a punchline, but it robbed Rolle of her savings, and the hundreds of local people hired as labourers for the festival still haven’t seen a cent.
This crowdfunding campaign is the kind of empathy-resulting-in-action that we need for so many more people who are suffering around the world, and it’s important to keep telling and listening to their stories.