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Hulu upstages Netflix.
Fyre Festival—the 2017 event that turned out to be one huge scam that victimized rich millennials—is trending on Twitter once again almost two years after it was all everyone could talk about because of two new documentaries about it from Hulu and Netflix.
The apparent “feud” between these two Fyre Festival documentaries are a huge part of the reason Twitter users are talking about it. Hulu surprised everyone by releasing Fyre Fraud days ahead of the announced premiere of Netflix’s own film, Fyre—and on the same day, the review embargo was lifted for the latter. Hulu didn’t stop there.
The bigger shade Hulu threw Netflix’s original documentary is found at the end of Fyre Fraud, where it reveals that Fyre is produced by the same group that marketed the doomed festival, something the Daily Dot has mentioned in its review of the Netflix original.
Naturally, it did not escape Twitter’s attention, as user @sagesurge points out:
— Dana (store name) (@sagesurge) January 14, 2019
In fact, Hulu’s revelation about Netflix’s Fyre at the end of Fyre Fraud was the “most interesting part” to a lot of users:
The most interesting part about #FyreFraud was how they pointed out at the VERY end that the Netflix doc is produced by the same guys who did the Social Media (and cover up for) Fyre Fest, so…🤷♀️
— Kate Hudson (@HudsonKate) January 14, 2019
— Lindsey Kupfer (@Lindseykupfer) January 15, 2019
— Tanya Melendez (@tanyamel) January 15, 2019
I don’t know if you can really break the fourth wall in a documentary, but there’s a moment at the end of #FyreFraud on Hulu where they address the Netflix doc and it’s a hilarious point that kind of explains why they dropped it right before the Netflix one comes out
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 15, 2019
I just finished #FyreFraud on Hulu and…did they just discredit Netflix's entire documentary before it even came out?! Because an ex employee of the marketing agency involved in Fyre was in the Hulu doc, and said marketing agency is producing a Fyre doc with Vice???
— MaiLinh (@MaiLinhsTweets) January 14, 2019
Oh. Snap. So @Hulu actually got Billy McFarland to speak on their documentary! @Netflix couldn't. Then Jerry Media, who WORKED WITH BILLY & THE #FYRE FOLKS TO PROMOTE FYRE FEST FROM THE START, worked with Vice to produce the Netflix documentary! Excuplating themselves! #fyrefraud https://t.co/zF7QfZtyuP
— Sarah Valerio (@Sarah_SV) January 14, 2019
For the record, Hulu dropped their Fyre fest doc first before Netflix because fuckjerry is a producer of the other one, and will probably bury their involvement in promoting Fyre Festival. Oren Aks was framed.
— Steven Glansberg (@bigdogeatsmyass) January 14, 2019
While many have been waiting for Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary to come out so they can watch the drama surrounding the disastrous event unfold on film (and “laugh at rich kids getting scammed”), it seems the two streaming platforms’ “feuding documentaries” have upstaged their very subject. Twitter is “obsessed,” as user @antonio_s_t points out:
Twitter users are obsessed with Netflix and Hulu's super petty Fyre Festival feud pic.twitter.com/lewu2I8dTW
— Antonio Stanchev (@antonio_s_t) January 15, 2019
So @hulu’s #FyreFraud documentary expose Fuck Jerry as one of the major promoters of the Fyre Festival? Then they release their doc before @Netflix’s Fyre Frstival doc (which btw is produced by Fuck Jerry). That’s the type fuck you energy I need for 2019
— Jake Parra (@FA_Parra) January 15, 2019
Someone please do a documentary about the warring Fyre Festival documentaries.
— Christina Warren (@film_girl) January 15, 2019
— Genevieve Armstrong (@JalapenoPupperr) January 15, 2019
User @rachsyme thinks “the Fyre Festival documentary war is becoming a… Fyre Festival.”
i love that even the fyre festival documentary war is becoming a…fyre festival pic.twitter.com/EO0tD4OWJ5
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) January 14, 2019
Meanwhile, people are commending Hulu for the “win.”
So #FyreFraud exposes fuck Jerry for working on fyre festival and then shames the upcoming Netflix doc on fyre because it’s produced by fuck Jerry. Put that in the win column for Hulu.
— Francesca (@BarstoolFran) January 15, 2019
So @hulu's #FyreFraud doc on the Fyre Festival is REALLY good! It mentions that the OTHER documentary releasing on Friday via @netflix is produced in part by Jerry Media, who did the marketing for… The Fyre Festival. THIS IS WILD. Also, shots fired @hulu! Bravo!
— Dan Fishman (@Fishfaceswim) January 14, 2019
Regardless of Hulu’s alleged efforts to undermine Netflix’s Fyre, users have declared they will watch both documentaries, which USA Today considers “companion pieces,” each one bringing to light different facts about the festival. Chrissy Teigen echoed everyone’s fascination with the Fyre Festival documentaries when she tweeted, “Thank you to those of you who endured Fyre Fest, thus making these movies possible. We owe you. Thank you for your service and I am truly sorry they screwed you so hard.”
thank you to those of you who endured fyre fest thus making these movies possible. we owe you. thank you for your service and I am truly sorry they screwed you so hard
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 14, 2019
YES!!! That HULU doc was so good!! It was like a glorious train wreck! I cannot wait to watch the Netflix doc!
— Ace (@AmberHasGlasses) January 15, 2019
The Netflix Fyre festival doc premiers Friday so not to be outdone the competing Hulu Fyre festival doc premiers today.
I will of course be watching both.
— Phaser Ramon (@thechale) January 14, 2019
The #FyreFraud documentary on Hulu is fyre.
Can't wait to see the Netflix version on Friday.
— Tate (@Tate566) January 15, 2019
— KeepingUpWithKariema (@KariemaDashaena) January 15, 2019
It remains to be seen how Netflix will respond to Hulu’s shady moves, if any new player will throw a more controversial Fyre Festival documentary into the ring, or if this week is the last time #FyreFestival will ever trend on Twitter.
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H/T USA Today
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.