If you weren’t talking about the Fyre Festival fiasco back while it was happening, you’re definitely talking about it now.
Netflix‘s recent release of Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is drawing all sorts of attention. Endorsed by famous Instagram models including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski, Fyre Festival was one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland attempted to plan what was supposed to be an experience of a lifetime in a Bahamian island.
Instead, the festival served as an epic failure. McFarland was great at putting on the cool, calm, and collected front before the event’s commencement. While the team attempted to organize months worth of planning within only a couple of weeks, McFarland ignored warnings and proceeded confidently. Attendees demanded answers on social media and many Fyre team members advised against the event.
One of the most notable and clearly dedicated members of this team was Andy King, an experienced event producer, and believer in McFarland. King reflected in the documentary about many of the obstacles preceding the event, but one, in particular, stood out to viewers.
Four 18-wheeler trucks of Evian water were being held by customs, who refused to release them until they received $175,000. In the documentary King recounts how McFarland phoned him and said, “Andy we need you to take one big thing for the team”. McFarland reigned King as their “wonderful gay leader” and asked him, “will you suck dick to fix this water problem?” King now famously admitted in the documentary that he drove to the office “fully prepared to suck his dick.”
It’s no surprise that Twitter transformed this statement into an ongoing meme sensation. King instantly went viral on social media as the “Evian water guy” with endless threads of jokes to follow. Aside from the laughs King’s testimony garnered, offers for TV programs came next. “I had three TV show offers this week” King explained to Vanity Fair. He also told Vanity Fair that three different water companies have shown interest in working with him for an ad campaign.
King ironically had no idea that his confession would be included in the documentary. “As you could see in the documentary, I hesitated when he asked me,” King disclosed to Vanity Fair. He continued to say, “Then, maybe out of my own naïveté, I said to Chris, ‘Well, I know you’re not going to use this. But I’ll tell you the story…’ Then I went on my way, and I thought nothing of it.” As colleagues advised King to pull the piece, he was assured that it was perfect for the documentary, and the rest is history.