Andy King — the overnight star from the Netflix Fyre Festival documentary — opens up about becoming an internet meme
Andy King — the breakout star of Netflix’s documentary about the failed Fyre Festival — is opening up about becoming an internet meme.
During an interview for Fyre, the openly gay King revealed that the Fyre Festival’s disgraced founder, Billy McFarland, asked him to offer oral sex to a customs officer to gain access to bottled water for festival-goers — and he said he was “fully prepared” to do so.
The professional event planner went viral overnight after the documentary started streaming on Netflix Jan. 18, and memes popped up across social media. Then Tuesday, in a new clip shared by Netflix, King opened up about his newfound fame.
“I’m blown away with the response of the documentary. Completely blown away. I’m now a noun, a verb, an adjective. It’s mind-boggling,” he said, adding, “I just don’t want to be necessarily known as the blowjob king of the world!”
King — who said he doesn’t use social media — added: “Someone reached out last weekend and said, ‘You’re trending.’ And I’m like, I don’t even know what ‘trending’ means. ‘People are talking about you.’ I’m like, oh my gosh. Yesterday someone was saying, ‘You’re a me-me.’ I’m like, ‘What’s a me-me?’ They’re like, ‘No, Andy, it’s a meme.“
King also revealed he intends to use his recognition from the documentary to do some good, especially for the Bahamian workers involved in the festival who went unpaid for their labor.
“One of our biggest goals, obviously, is paying back everybody in the Bahamas,” he explains. “So it’s rewarding that we started a GoFundMe last week … If I can drive positive positive influences and a lot of positive energy towards social and environmental impact, then I think I can utilize this moment to do a lot of good.”
The Netflix documentary that King appeared in — as well as the Hulu doc, which actually interviewed McFarland — outline the myriad issues with the planning of the April 2017 event. From being kicked off of their private island in the Bahamas months before the festival to a lack of housing for attendees, the Fyre team scrambled up until the day of the event to come through on their promise of a luxury music experience.
Disappointed festival-goers posted on social media at the time about less-than-gourmet meal options and inadequate water supply.
That’s when King’s commitment took center stage, as he recalled.
“We had four containers filled, four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water that I had left the week before for two days to go to meetings in Bermuda for the America’s Cup,” King claimed in Fyre. “And when I came back, I had missed the big meeting with customs. And of course customs had said to Billy and the gang, you need to pay us $175,000 in cash today for us to release the water.”
With McFarland struggling for money to keep the festival afloat, he suggested an alternate plan to King.
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“Billy called and said, ‘Andy, we need you to take one big thing for the team.’ And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been taking something for the team every day,’ ” King said. “He said, ‘You’re our wonderful gay leader and we need you to go down, will you suck d— to fix this water problem?’ And I said, ‘Billy, what?’ And he said, ‘Andy, if you will go down and suck Cunningham’s d—, who’s the head of customs, and get him to clear all of the containers with water, you will save this festival.’ ”
With the first Fyre Fest on the line, King didn’t miss a beat.
“I literally drove home, took a shower, I drank some mouthwash,” he said. “I’m like, oh my gosh I’m really … and I got into my car to drive across the island to take one for the team. And I got to his office fully prepared to suck his d—.”
The customs officer was understanding and all he wanted in return for releasing the water was to be promptly paid the import fee for the goods.
“Can you imagine, in my 30 years of a career, that this is what I was going to do?” King asks in Fyre. “I was going to do that, honestly, to save the festival.”