Fyre Fest Caterer Who Lost Her Savings Gets Good News

Thanks to new documentaries bringing attention to her plight, Maryann Rolle is raising money
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 11:55 AM CST
This photo provided by Jake Strang shows tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fyre Festival, Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Exuma islands, Bahamas.   (Jake Strang via AP)

(Newser) – The disastrous 2017 Fyre Festival, a supposedly luxurious music festival in the Bahamas that turned out to be a big mess, is the subject of two new documentaries—and thanks to the publicity, a caterer who says she was never paid is getting a happy ending. Restaurant owner Maryann Rolle said in Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened that she and her workers provided more than 1,000 meals per day to hungry and disappointed festival attendees, but festival organizers never paid her. She paid her workers herself, and says, "I went through about $50,000 of my savings that I could have had for a rainy day. And they just wiped it out. And never looked back." A GoFundMe campaign set up for her started trending thanks to the documentary, the CBC reports; as of this writing, it has raised more than $134,000.

Hulu's Fyre Fraud also takes a look at the festival, and Ja Rule, a co-founder of the failed festival, is not happy about either documentary. Jezebel and Pitchfork have screenshots of a tweetstorm the rapper went on Sunday in which he insists he "would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone" and that he himself "was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!" He also called out Netflix for paying jailed festival founder Billy McFarland for his interview, saying that money should have gone to people in the Bahamas. On Instagram, Ja Rule apologized to Rolle. "My heart goes out to this lovely lady... MaryAnne Rolle we’ve never met but I’m devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl... SORRY to anyone who has been negatively effected by the festival... Rule." (Was this "the Fyre Festival of pizza"?)

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