Two years after Fyre Festival and the viral fake news EDM festival still has the internet going upside down.
In the past week, two documentaries about the ill-fated Fyre Festival were released. Hulu released FYRE FRAUD days before Netflix’s FYRE. Both documentaries chronicled the creation and downfall of Fyre, and specifically, the actions of co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.
You hear a lot of talk about Fake news today, and for the many people online who dont understand what fake news is, this story is a perfect example. So perfect of a story that Netflix made a documentary on it! The trailer for the movie is below.
In October, the CEO of Fyre Festival Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for multiple counts of fraud.
Ja Rule also assisted in creating the Fyre Music Festival marketing campaign.and was recorded telling Fyre employees,
“That’s not fraud, that’s not fraud. False advertising, maybe.”
Definition of Fraud and False Advertising
When you are sending out Super HD EDM festival trailers online with hot models playing happily on a perfect beach, and the festival attendees show up and its nothing like that, well then that is definitely misleading. As know as.. Fraud and False advertising.
Only about a few thousand of the people actually made it to the campsite, thousands of others were automatically routed back home when the crises and word got out.
Fraud: wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
False Advertising: is the use of false, misleading, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers or advertising that does not disclose its source. One form of false advertising is to claim that a product has a health benefit or contains vitamins or minerals that it in fact does not.
Those are the same thing too me.
There is only one good thing about this, a GoFundMe Page for an Unpaid Fyre Festival Catering Staffer Raises Over $142,000 for her!
Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened
If you have no idea what the Fyre Festival is, it was going ‘to be the worlds best EDM festival on the planet’. Except many things went wrong. Many, many, many things went very wrong.
“Fyre was basically like Instagram coming to life.”
Or at least, that was the idea, says DJ/producer Jillionaire in the new Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened.
Luckily, No one died, Like at Element 11 in 2014
National TV Stations Covered The Fake Festival
Frye Festival CEO: Billy McFarland
The founder and CEO of Fyre Festival: Billy McFarland found an island that was once owned and used by Pablo Escobar in the 1970s to smuggle in drugs to America. This was the set location for the new big, flashy EDM festival that had everyone in the world wanting to go. The edm festival’s Facebook and Twitter promotional videos were going viral and just about everyone on the planet had seen them and wanted to go. The ticket prices were super expensive, and at the end of it all, None of it happened!
The original island was changed to a different island, then a different island, and then another different island. In the end the festival was set up in an an undeveloped neighborhood.
To top things off, the festival website was not updated to inform the customers or pre sale buyers.
On top of this major problem there were many, many more.
Netflix Documentary: Fyre Festival
Check out the Netflix Documentary of Fyre Festival below.
If you have not seen the Fyre Festival Netflix documentary yet, go watch it!
HULU also produced a Fyre Festival documentary and released it the same week as Netflix did.
But i did not watch the HULU documentary because they paid Billy McFarland $250,000 for a small interview to add into their movie.