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Battle of the Documentaries: Which streaming service provided the best depiction of Fyre Festival?

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'Fyre' Documentary

Billy McFarland and Ja Rule in "Fyre."

It’s not often we get to directly compare America’s two leading video streaming services.

Streaming rivals Netflix and Hulu have, coincidentally, released documentaries on the now infamous Fyre Festival just four days apart from each other.

The brain child of rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, Fyre Festival was supposed to be the Woodstock or Coachella of the millennial generation. Set in the Bahamas, the two visionaries promised luxury, music, booze and more fun than anyone could ever ask for. What could go wrong?

Everything.

Everything was a lie. There was no luxury. Not a single musical act showed up. There was plenty of booze, but despite this not a single person had any fun.

McFarland is currently serving a six-year sentence for fraud because of this festival.

But what lead to all of this? That is what is explored in the documentaries released by Hulu and Netflix on Jan. 14 and 18, respectively.

These documentaries being released so close to each other begs the question: which one is better? Did one streaming service top the other when it comes to the quality and content of its documentary?

Let’s find out.

For starters, the documentaries are not the about the same thing. Each takes a different angle on the events that lead to the downfall of the festival. The Netflix documentary, “Fyre,” mostly focuses on how the festival met its bitter end, from there not being plumbing on the island to McFarland committing wire fraud to make fast money for the festival.

Hulu’s documentary, “Fyre Fraud,” focuses more on understanding the culture that would allow a con-artist like McFarland to commit fraud to this scale, meaning this angle of the Fyre Festival focuses more on McFarland as a person.

Netflix’s take on the festival is also much more serious than Hulu’s. Hulu uses several pop culture reference and sound bites from popular series like “The Office,” “Family Guy” and more to not only shed a comedic light on the situations but also to emphasize the ridiculousness of McFarland’s lies.

It is also important to point out that, although Netflix’s documentary provides us with interviews and insight from important figures involved with the festival, including Fyre media employees, Bahamian employees and more, Hulu provides us with the insight of the most key figure in the development of the Fyre Festival: Billy McFarland.

That’s right. Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud” provides us with an interview with the master con-man himself. Although he chooses not to comment on some of the juicier details of the festival, his silence pretty much answers the questions themselves.

With all of this considered, which streaming service ultimately provided the best depiction of the Fyre Festival? Check out Netflix’s “Fyre” and Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud” and decide for yourself which is streaming service wins in this battle of documentaries.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com