byline Mark A.
Out of all the insane things that happen in the two competing docs about the disaster/scam that was the Fyre Festival, the one thing that stuck in my craw - and sticks in my craw to this day - is that Kendall Jenner gets $250,000 per Instagram post. And, according to a social media authority that’s interviewed in one of the films, that’s a good deal! Oh lord, this is when I go into my OMW (Old Man Writing) zone.
I guess the great enjoyment I got out of watching both of the docs (I watched the Netflix one first, then the one on Hulu) was watching young, rich, supposedly savvy “influencers” get jobbed by a young grifter/psychopath Billy McFarland and endure a hellish travel experience to the Bahamas. Watching them go through all of that was quite fun. I won’t explain it - just watch it if you haven’t already and then listen to Kathy, Burk and I gleefully ruminate on it in our most current Cinemondo Podcast (available everywhere podcasts are sold). Of course, as in any good documentary, there are the twists and turns. There are plenty. There are also sad, almost tragic stories of innocent Bahamian workers and business people who were also scammed. That’s not so much fun.
Social media advertising and marketing is never going to go away. It is with us. But this is such a cautionary tale about being wary of sharply shot commercials and kick ass websites that sell a product or a dream and then fail to deliver. This one is a spectacular disaster.
Which doc is better? Kathy prefers the Hulu one because they do interview Billy McFarland. I prefer the Netflix one because it concentrates a bit more on the influencers arriving and going through their ordeal. I think it really depends on which one you watch first, because they are telling the same story, so the surprises will stick with you. But watch both - and try not to focus on the fact that Kendall Jenner - I still don’t know what she does (a model I suppose) makes more in one fucking Instragram tweet than I do in a year or two or three. Ughsville. Now back to my Billy Joel playlist on Pandora, sponsored by the Kardashians new fragrance, Fyre!