Fyre Festival producer reacts to becoming a meme
Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival was a disaster in many ways, with numerous technical and logistical issues, as well as fraud accusations. The event recently started making headlines again because of the two documentaries released by Netflix and Hulu.
However, there was one more thing people watching the Netflix documentary couldn't help but notice: the dedication of producer Andy King. In the movie, King shows he's prepared to do anything to save the festival, including perform oral sex. And that obviously led to him becoming a meme.
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The films show that the festival—which was advertised as “the unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design and hospitality on a private island in the Exumas”—ended up being anything but luxurious.
Fyre Festival attendees arrived to inadequate basic necessities—including food, housing and electricity—never mind the luxurious promises. Guests then tried to evacuate the island and ended up stranded in an extreme lack of organization and infrastructure.
The event’s co-organizer, Billy McFarland, plead guilty to multiple counts of fraud and is serving a six-year prison sentence. Now, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other models and artists who helped promote the festival are facing subpoenas. The celebrities might have to reveal information about the payments they received by McFarland for their festival appearances.
Although there was a lot of things to be sad and angry about, people obviously found reasons to laugh. One of those was King's story about how he tried to get tanks full of Evian water to go through Bahamas' customs.
McFarland apparently asked if he would suck the chief of Bahamas customs' dick, and King said yes.
"I literally drove home, took a shower, drank some mouth wash, and I got into my car to drive across the island to take one for the team," King reveals in the documentary. "I got to his office fully prepared to suck his d-ck."
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Netflix shared a video of King talking about the story and the subsequent memes. The reactions actually amused the producer.
"I’m blown away by the response to the documentary. Completely blown away," he says. "I’m now a noun, a verb, an adjective. It’s mind-boggling."
King claims he isn't very social media-savvy. According to the producer, he didn't even understand what "trending" meant when someone said he was being tweeted about.
Using his "fame" for good
However, he wants people to know him for more than just "the blowjob king of the world." Because of that, the producer started a few campaigns to help Fyre Festival workers get paid.
Maryann Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, says she used $50,000 of her own money to pay her staff at Fyre Festival. She set up the GoFundMe page on Jan. 14 to help with the costs.
"My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest," she wrote on the donation page, which King says he helped set up.
The project already collected $210.391, almost twice as much as Rolle was asking for. In 16 days, 8110 people donated to the project.
However, that apparently isn't the only donation project from King. In the interview with Netflix, he explains they also set up another GoFundMe, which focuses on paying back all members of the staff in the Bahamas.
"If I can drive positive influences and a lot of positive energy toward, you know, social and environmental impact," King explains. "...then, I think I can utilize this moment to do a lot of good.”
Are Blink-182 to blame for Fyre Festival disaster?
blink-182 were schedule to play the festival, but canceled both their performances for logistical issues. At the time, the band said they weren’t confident they’d have adequate resources to provide fans with a quality show.
Now, blink-182's and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has shared more insight into his role in making the festival not work. Skiba says he used his energy to stop Fyre Festival from happening.
“I had a bad feeling about that event. I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen,” he shares. “I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
“I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me,” he continues.
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