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Fyre is a 2019 Hulu produced documentary about the infamous Fyre Festival, a fraudulent music festival that ended in failure.


Tropes found in Fyre Fraud:

  • Answer Cut: Billy vehemently denies lying during the interview, and demands that they name one lie he told. The documentary then cuts back to several demonstrable lies he told earlier in the movie.
  • Con Man: Billy McFarland is lying about the entire operation, and has been running scams since he was a child.
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  • Description Cut: One of the lucky few influencers who actually got the villa she was promised claims that she felt bad for the other guests who only got tents. Cut to an Instagram video of her dancing in her villa.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Parallels are implied between McFarland and Donald Trump.
  • Dueling Movies: With Netflix's Fyre.
  • Karma Houdini: Ja Rule, who's even implied to go setting up another application like Fyre.
  • Loan Shark: Billy takes out a loan from a mysterious businessman at an obscenely high-interest rate.
  • Refuge in Audacity: No matter how bad things get, Billy McFarland just keeps going bigger. He's running scams even after being arrested.
  • Smug Snake: Billy, who comes off in his interview as very smug and acting like he did nothing wrong and the festival's downfall was due to anything and everything except him.
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  • Take That!: The film takes a direct shot at its competing documentary Fyre because one of its funders is Jerry Media, who was directly involved with the festival.
  • Trauma Conga Line:
    • All the people involved in the production of Fyre knew this was going to happen... and they were right.
    • The patrons who went to Fyre had to not only endure the hell that was Fyre's terrible management, but they were also turned into a target of mockery by the entire world because of the belief that it was a festival for "stuck up rich kids", even though there were also a few middle-class festival-goers who had won the tickets via sweepstakes or managed to buy them cheaply, or even ended up spending a great deal of their own money to go.
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