If you've been on social media these past couple weeks, or if you have been glued to your streaming services, there's probably a good chance that you've seen or heard about the Fyre Festival documentaries available on Hulu and Netflix -- resulting in renewed interest in the failed '17 music festival.
It was a epic failure of enormous proportions, and two documentaries barely scratch the surface of everything that went wrong with this social media-influenced blunder. Of course, there's a lot of blame to be thrown around for what happened, and that includes the influencers who sold the false hope of Fyre Festival being the premiere place where all your wildest hopes and dreams came true. Alas, that was far from accurate -- to say the very least. Now, there is criminal accountability at play. That might soon be the case for Kendall Jenner's company, Kendall Jenner INC, and several other brands.
According to Entertainment Tonight, a federal judge claimed that several talent agencies could be directly subpoenaed for their involvement with the ill-fated Fyre Festival, specifically their bankruptcy. That includes 24 parties, particularly those involved with heavily-viewed models like Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Elsa Hosk, in addition to Kendall Jenner. Several companies helped promote the ill-gotten festival on their Instagrams in exchange for large sums of money; and reportedly helped promote a false image of what the disastrous music festival would be for high-paying ticket holders.
The court will be investigating the involvement of each of these companies in regards to their involvement in Billy McFarland's fraudulent festival. As it was explored in both streaming documentaries, Netflix's FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu's Fyre Fraud, McFarland is serving a six-year sentence in prison for wire fraud charges. He reportedly defrauded investors somewhere in the ballpark of $26 million or possibly even more.
When it comes to Kendall Jenner, the model's company was reportedly paid $275,000. That money was meant to be spent on promoting the festival on Jenner's Instagram page, and generally spreading the word about the festival to her vast millions of followers on the social media page.
It's unclear if the popular documentaries played a part in any sort of renewed legal interest in this festival, or if it is just convenient timing that these subpoenas are coming out shortly after each of these documentaries made a splash on their respective streaming services. In any case, there are lots of people watching with interest to see what's going to happen with the future of this criminal investigation. Some of the specific, shocking details surrounding this fiasco of a music festival are already public thanks to the elaborate intimacy and revealing information provided by both documentaries.
There are certainly more details that will come out regarding the criminal cases involved with the Fyre Festival. In the meantime, if you haven't seen them already, you can check out both FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Fyre Fraud -- available on Netflix and Hulu, respectively.