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We’re All Weirdly Obsessed With The Dick Sucking Story From Netflix’s Fyre Festival Doco

It's amazing what some people are prepared to do for Evian water.

Fyre festival event manager Andy King

There are plenty of revelations and jaw-dropping footage in Fyre, Netflix’s new documentary about Billy MacFarland’s and Ja Rule’s failed luxury festival/scam, but one moment has stopped a lot of viewers in their tracks, and it involves almost sucking dick for Evian water.

Halfway through Fyre, which was produced by the festival’s marketers, Jerry Media, event producer Andy King comes out with a particularly wild anecdote about one of the festival’s many logistical nightmares.

A few weeks before the island festival, Bahamas held Fyre’s supply of Evian water, which would be the only drinkable water on the site, as there was no infrastructure for potable water. They would release it for US $175,000 in cash, which MacFarland simply did not have. So he asked King for a favour.

“Billy called and said, ‘Andy, we need you to take one big thing for the team.,” King recalls to camera. “And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been taking something for the team every day.’

“He said, ‘Well, you’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down, will you suck dick to fix this water problem?’ And I said, ‘Billy, what?’ And he said, ‘Andy, if you will go down and suck Cunningham’s dick, who is the head of customs, and get him to clear all of the containers with water, you will save this festival.'”

While that’s confounding of itself, what’s even more wild is that King — a successful event manager with 30 years in the game — was going to do it. To the camera, he recalls how he went home, showered, gargled with mouthwash, and went over to see the head of customs. Things didn’t quite go as MacFarland envisioned, thankfully: King says that the head of customs offered to release the water so long as they were paid first when the money did come in.

“Can you imagine, in my 30 years of career that this was what I was going to do?,” he says. “I was going to do that, honestly, to save the festival.”

Arriving apropos-of-nothing, the anecdote stuck plenty viewers as surreal, and plenty more as incredibly dark, indicative of MacFarland’s uncanny ability to convince people into situations. Over on Twitter, almost all the conversation around the documentary has focussed on this one hard-to-swallow moment, with most rushing to Tweet their disbelief.

With Hulu launching their own competing Fyre festival documentary last week, lots of people are determining which one to watch. In Australia, we don’t have the option, which is apparently fine, because Fyre seems to pull ahead due to King’s interview.

When you’re done processing King’s confession, you could consider donating to Elvis and Maryanne Rolle, the owners of a restaurant at Exuma Point Reserve who catered to Fyre staff during the production, planning and festival itself.

In Fyre, Maryanne says she was never paid by MacFarland, and left out of pocket by at least US $50,000 by the festival. A GoFundMe for Maryanne has reached $125,000 within six days, though it has not been verified.