If you haven’t watched one of the documentaries on the Fyre Festival, stop what you’re doing, pull up Hulu, and watch it.
I’m not joking.
Because this story is wild.
If the name Fyre Festival rings a bell, it’s because it was this exclusive, luxury music festival that crashed and burned in a blaze of social media glory. The scam of the century.
Put on by Ja Rule, and Billy McFarland (now in jail), and promoted by hundreds of models and influencers on Instagram – including Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Bella and Gigi Hadid – this extravagant music festival was going to be held on a private island in the Bahamas, with single day tickets ranging between $1500 and $250,000. Attendees were promised opulent villas, yacht parties, A-List celebs, delectable food, and not-to-miss performances. In paradise.
What they got: FEMA disaster relief tents, no running water, and this pathetic cheese sandwich:
I have seen both, and personally recommend Hulu’s Fyre Fraud over Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened. Hulu’s includes an in-depth interview with Billy McFarland, himself. While, in a conflict of interest, the Netflix doc was produced by Jerry Media – who was in charge of the media for the Fyre Festival – and as a result, they wrote themselves out of the history, and dodged blame in their documentary. #NotCool #NotHonest #NotEthical
But one of the main reasons this fiasco got picked up by the mainstream media — in a FYREstorm of coverage, I might add 😉 — is because everyone seemed to get so much enjoyment out of seeing wealthy, young millennials suffer.
The late night talk show hosts had a field day, joking that these head-in-the-clouds millennial suckers finally got what was coming for them.
Laughing at how stupid these young people were for buying into and believing that what they saw on Instagram would actually be true.
Which, to be fair, it was pretty entertaining to hear (seemingly spoiled), young, crop-top wearing social media “influencers” complaining to news crews about not having a yacht party, and crying that their luxury music festival was botched.
The situational comedy was not lost on me.
I get it.
Most people are looking at this whole fiasco as one giant lesson in the abuse of power and influence in this era of hyper obsession with Instagram and social media.
Which – it is. Billy McFarland – through Jerry Media – marketed the entire festival through Instagram – with lust-worthy images of models, and jet skis, and the bluest oceans and just this luxury experience you couldn’t live without.
So in that regard, they’re absolutely right.
I think it is a glaring lesson in something entirely different. Something far more revealing.
It’s not a hilarious example of how bone-headed millenials are. It’s how desperately lacking we are for true fulfillment.
There’s a concept that many Christians are aware of – and it’s that of a “God-sized hole” that we all have in our hearts.
One that we hopelessly – and unsuccessfully – try to fill with anything and everything this world can offer, all in an attempt to feel the love and fulfillment that only can come from God.
You name it.
We’re all on this desperate quest to fill that “God-sized” hole that we have to feel known, loved, seen, and worthy.
And Billy played into that, whether he realized he was doing it or not.
I get it.
Seeing those exclusive shots on Instagram of this unattainable life that you can buy for a weekend – people bought into it like hotcakes. Why? Because it was just another attempt to find purpose and worth in this world.
Watching the festival documentaries from that perspective, it kind of changed the game for me. No longer was I joining in the laughter at how stupid these rich white kids were for flying down to the Bahamas for a lavish weekend, only to be greeted by sheer pandemonium. But rather, feeling completely heartsick for the degree of our hunger for what only the Father can fill.
Which, take it from this formerly 78 pound anorexic — we can go to the absolutely depths to seek fulfillment on our own, but it is only through seeking and surrendering to God, that we will ever make it out of here alive.
So please – pull up Hulu. Make yourself a cheese sandwich. Watch one of the documentaries. And remember that there’s no music festival you can buy that will achieve what Jesus did on the Cross.
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