The infamous Fyre Festival may have never really taken place, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t people behind the scenes picking up the slack for the fraudulent organizers.
When what was supposed to be a luxurious and decadent festival on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas degenerated into a disaster back in 2017, organizers forgot to pay those who actually busted their chops to contain the chaos.
Thanks to the release of Fyre, a Netflix documentary about the failed festival, we now know about the real victims of this disastrous event (hint: they’re not the influencers). One of them is Maryann Rolle, an islander who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille and who was hired to cater the event. Despite preparing a 1,000 meals a day and pushing herself to the limits to feed the unhappy attendees, Rolle was never compensated for her work and had to shell out $50,000 from her own life savings to pay the staff she had hired for the occasion.
Last week, a verified GoFundMe page was set up on Rolle’s behalf. “As I make this plea,” says the page’s description, “it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid. I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.” So far, the page has raised over $163,000 in donations.