- In Netflix’s new documentary about Fyre Festival, it was revealed that the festival creators never paid a significant number of workers.
- First a GoFundMe page raised over $200,000 for caterer Maryann Rolle.
- Now another page is trying to crowd source $400,000 for the local day laborers who worked overtime to build out infrastructure on the Bahamian island.
As revealed in Netflix’s new documentary “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” the Fyre Festival creators left dozens of local Bahamian day laborers unpaid despite their overtime work in the weeks leading up to the event.
Now a GoFundMe page, promoted by at least one of the men involved with planning Fyre Festival, is attempting to raise $400,000 for the day laborers and other local workers who were left with nothing.
In a video shared by Netflix’s twitter account on Tuesday, event planner Andy King said he’s using the new attention brought to him by the Netflix documentary to try and pay back the Bahamian workers.
Andy King has seen all of your FYRE Fest memes — and he loves them! pic.twitter.com/mCNgDoHpjW
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 29, 2019
King became a meme after the documentary aired thanks to an anecdote he tells in the film about nearly having to perform oral sex on a customs officer in order to get bottled water for the event.
“One of our biggest goals, obviously, is paying back everyone in the Bahamas,” King says in the new Netflix video. “And so it’s kind of rewarding that we started a GoFundMe last week to help Maryann [Rolle], and we’ve committed to that project, and it’s met all of its goals and lot more.”
King doesn’t specify who the “we” is in his statement, but there was a GoFundMe page started by a friend of Rolle’s which has raised $206,000 (and counting). In the Netflix documentary about Fyre Festival, Rolle said she was left unpaid and had to give $50,000 of her own personal savings to the people on her catering staff.
“And now we’ve started another GoFundMe, which is now focusing on paying back all the laborers and everybody else that was involved with Fyre down in the Bahamas,” King said in the new Netflix video.
The second GoFundMe page lists its goal at $400,000 and cites the beneficiary as The Exuma Foundation – a certified charity according to the fundraising website.
“To help our community and fill the need to get funds directly to Exuma, we have set up this account to benefit the victims of the Fyre Festival,” the GoFundMe page description reads. “We will establish a strict and fair process for distribution of funds to the local people who were financially affected.”
In the “FYRE” documentary, festival consultant Marc Weinstein described the frenzied pace of construction in the weeks leading up to the first weekend of the event.
“They’re frantically building the site,” he said. “You know, a hundred day laborers working around the clock with no sleep.”
Rolle, who was also featured in the Netflix documentary, said McFarland and the Fyre Festival team were pulling from every labor resource in Grand Exuma, the Bahamas island where the event was supposed to take place.
“They had every living soul on the island of Exuma who could lift a towel working,” Rolle said.
At one point in the documentary, another festival planner says he estimates at least 200 day laborers were working overtime to build out the stage, sleeping area, and other pieces of infrastructure needed on the bare stretch of island where Fyre Festival was meant to take place.
“FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” is streaming now on Netflix.
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