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Emily Griesing

In January, Netflix and Hulu both launched documentaries on the demise of the Fyre Festival, a deluxe and exclusive music festival geared toward millennials that appeared to blow Coachella and Burning Man out of the water. Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland promoted the seemingly groundbreaking event through an elaborate smoke and mirrors act involving social media influencers like models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, luxury lodging on a private island in the Bahamas previously owned by Pablo Escobar and a musical lineup that included acts such as Major Lazer and Blink 182. After spending thousands of dollars on what appeared to be the festival of a lifetime, attendees arrived to the Bahamas location (which was not a private island) and were greeted by yellow school buses, bagged lunches and accommodations that included emergency tents remaining from a recent hurricane.

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