Andy King, the sidekick-turned-superstar from Netflix's documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened loves being a meme. It all started with a promise and ended in a catastrophe. By now many people have heard of the attempted and failed Fyre festival, which gained further popularity after the internet took a special interest in King and turned his face and words into a plethora of memes and hashtags.
Released on January 18th, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened has become all the rage. It's certainly more successful than the planned event of Fyre itself. The festival was organized by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule with intent to promote the Fyre music app. Celebrities with a high Instagram following such as Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Rose Bertram were recruited to promote the event set to take place in the Bahamas. Tickets to attend were sold for thousands of dollars apiece with the guarantee of top-shelf alcohol, exquisite meals and the experience of a lifetime. One must watch the documentary on Netflix for one to fully appreciate the chain of events and see how the party of the year turned into a nightmare.
Out of the ashes of burned-down promises arose King. He was a producer of the Fyre event and gives several interviews and a unique perspective in the documentary. One moment that has spawned the most memes is when King tells filmmakers that he was asked by Billy McFarland to perform a sexual favor in exchange for bottled water for the attendees. And he agreed. A hashtag has arisen in Andy King's honor called #Friendgoals in reference to King's willingness to do the extreme favor to provide for McFarland. (Spoiler alert: He ends up not having to perform the act.) Netflix released a video on their Twitter feed giving insight into the thoughts of Andy King on his success in becoming a Meme. The clip also discloses that King is surprised that he is a sensation especially given that he has never been on social media.
Andy King has seen all of your FYRE Fest memes — and he loves them! pic.twitter.com/mCNgDoHpjW— Netflix US (@netflix) January 29, 2019
Those involved in the Fyre Festival and fallout are dealing with the spotlight and recanting their tales. Mcfarland is currently serving a prison sentence of 6 years, which began in November of 2018. The repercussions and lawsuits will long follow him, as well as Ja Rule, who does not have to serve a prison sentence. The other characters in the documentary are turning their experience into something positive. With King's spotlight on social media, he has moved forward on opening a GoFundMe Account for the laborers involved in the festival, as well as Maryann Rolle, the caterer who lost her life savings after not being payed for her services.
What has sprouted the growth of King's popularity is not just the documentary or the hashtags or the memes, it's his behavior about it all. King has taken a refreshing perspective in a day of easily offensive natures to laugh in humor and use his "ME ME" face for good acts. Since the rising popularity of Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, King has shared his charming demeanor, casual shrug, and cheerful grin with intent to make right what went wrong. It's a reminder that something good can come out of a disaster... including, a few good memes.