How Fyre Festival Almost Ruined My Life, Twice

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  • Published on May 15, 2019
  • Maryann Rolle lost $50k of her savings catering for the disastrous luxury Fyre Festival before the infamous event ended in chaos, leaving her and the rest of the island unpaid.
    People witnessed her plight on a documentary about Fyre, and she suddenly made a fortune on GoFundMe. VICE went to the Bahamas to discover what sheโ€™s going to do with the money and how she almost got scammed again.
    Check out Maryann's GoFundMe: uk.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt
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  • C D
    C D 2 days ago

    Such a beautiful Soul!

  • Wulfdane
    Wulfdane 3 days ago

    The one person I felt sorry for, an honorable woman who paid her employees out of her own pocket.
    It's always the people who can least afford it, who get screwed over the hardest. Maryann Rolle is an example of integrity we all should inspire to.

  • purpleXnXblu
    purpleXnXblu 5 days ago +1

    She didn't get the donations and somebody tried to scam her again, ARE YOU KIDIDNG ME??

  • Melissa Claasen
    Melissa Claasen 7 days ago

    What a fantastic woman. I'm glad GoFundMe worked with her.
    I cried watching this video and just want to give her a hug.
    I hope that Exuma Point bar and grill reaps the benefits of renovations and good on her for sharing her funds with the island's people.

  • Flex Bumpchest
    Flex Bumpchest 13 days ago

    2:26 the horizon on her shirt lines up perfectly with the actual horizon and it delights me

  • Katrinka Sandoval
    Katrinka Sandoval 17 days ago

    Be given 100's of thousand of dollars >> "I'm grateful."
    Sign contract with *friend*
    "No nope I will NOT share no no way."
    Is anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?

  • Oli Fletcher
    Oli Fletcher 17 days ago

    She should do her own fyre festival

  • Suzi Q Chav
    Suzi Q Chav 19 days ago

    I'm glad she was able to turn that all around ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • R last
    R last 21 day ago +1

    this poor sweet hardworking woman. god bless her. she has been taken advantage of enough for a life time. shame for Someone trying to profit off of her

  • Larry King
    Larry King 21 day ago

    Nice lady. Thank you for showing me some good in this world

  • sebnec
    sebnec Month ago

    Bahamian rhapsody.

  • Ida Cesarsky
    Ida Cesarsky Month ago

    There is still love in this world

  • - Aquamarine -
    - Aquamarine - Month ago

    that lady deserved every dollar that went to her

  • Le Studio K
    Le Studio K Month ago

    bonjour , รฉnorme !
    N' hรฉsite pas ร  liker notre page le Studio K pour des mix's exclusifs de tes dj's prรฉfรฉrรฉs ! ๐ŸคŸ

  • Hey Y'all
    Hey Y'all Month ago +1

    Why not start a GoFundMe for all the worker's at the event and not ONLY her.

    • R last
      R last 21 day ago

      she spent her savings n paid others out of her pocket. although Alot worked I don't think anyone else took such a hard hit n still helped out others

  • James Stephenson
    James Stephenson Month ago

    Iโ€™m so proud to be of the West Indian people. Big up to Auntie, showcasin di heart of di ppl ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ

  • Crystal Miller
    Crystal Miller Month ago

    I never ever ever contribute to any go fund me campaigns for this exact reason!

  • Hannah Sweet
    Hannah Sweet Month ago

    A little is a lot of itโ€™s coming from the HEART!
    Bless this Lady and her amazing attitude and outlook on her complicated situations! We need more people in this world like you sweetheart!!

  • Kris Latoya
    Kris Latoya Month ago

    WHY DO PEOPLE DO THAT? As soon as they find out you get money, they think they are entitled to it too. That pisses me off.

  • Courtney Hammett
    Courtney Hammett Month ago

    This is such an important story.

  • Landon Kupfer
    Landon Kupfer Month ago

    This lady is amazing she has a heart of gold

  • steve McLovin
    steve McLovin Month ago

    Remimder that ja rule and Billy are punk bitches that will pay instathots on time but can't find money for the people that were native to the island

  • Somnia _
    Somnia _ Month ago

    Did anyone else know about this festival before watching internet historian?

  • Yeoj
    Yeoj Month ago +1

    LA kids will ruin anything man lmao

  • maria belen coronel

    Omg

  • Justin Marion
    Justin Marion Month ago

    'merica!

  • Lisa Ann Smith
    Lisa Ann Smith Month ago

    She makes me want to take a trip to Exuma Point Beach Bar and Grill. She's just lovely.

  • Elizabeth Medlin
    Elizabeth Medlin Month ago

    The lady WHO*

  • N I
    N I Month ago

    Aww cutest couple

  • Sirama
    Sirama Month ago

    The fact that more than 20 people was able to afford a destination festival blows my mind. When you mostly see people financially struggling or just getting by, you forget that a few thousand people out there who arenโ€™t. In any case, I hope we all grow to have a heart as good as this woman. Her eloquence and class is rare for any economic class.

  • SCIENCE SAVES
    SCIENCE SAVES Month ago

    She gave 10 percent of it to a fucking church? Ugh

  • Kemarie Bug
    Kemarie Bug Month ago

    Who puts that much money into catering without getting a hefty deposit?

  • finallyanime
    finallyanime Month ago

    I really hope they helped her out

  • Fadjy Valentin
    Fadjy Valentin Month ago

    The crazy thing is Iโ€™m sure she would have given her friend some money either way. Greedy as hell for no reason. Glad she didnโ€™t sign

  • Taylor Nezovich
    Taylor Nezovich Month ago

    Elvis might be the best thing that happened to you but I promise youโ€™re the best thing that couldโ€™ve happened to him. This woman is a gift!

  • BongToke419
    BongToke419 Month ago +1

    I thought the food they had was literally a piece of bread and a slice of meat?..
    Am I wrong or did I see a different post?

  • joshin
    joshin Month ago

    What an awesome lady and a great community. I wish you guys all the best for the future!

  • Leeked Productions
    Leeked Productions Month ago

    I watched this a couple of months ago
    I feel so bad for this lady
    They shouldโ€™ve compensated her double for her lost and efforts

  • Ben Neely
    Ben Neely Month ago

    Amen! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

  • Gigi Wright
    Gigi Wright Month ago

    Can someone with the money power and resources bring a proper festival to the island of Exuma. I think they deserve it and in all honesty I think the island would be great

  • Daina Hulme
    Daina Hulme Month ago

    Love ๐Ÿ’˜ too go! Maybe one day!

  • Daina Hulme
    Daina Hulme Month ago

    Just give BACK!
    Great gesture

  • RINGCHINGCHYNNA !
    RINGCHINGCHYNNA ! Month ago

    BLESS HER !!

  • I See Tenzins Everywhere

    Give the church 10%? Uhh...what, why does that sound like protection money from the mafia?

  • Jose Chavez
    Jose Chavez Month ago

    I really wish TVclip would just take you directly to the comment you got a reply from. Whatโ€™s the point of that notification if I canโ€™t find the damn comment to read it.

  • United States
    United States Month ago

    "Give the church the 10 percent" Brainwashing worked perfectly.

  • ashleycaresse
    ashleycaresse Month ago

    Mannnnn that's some BS.

  • yellow teeth village

    poor woman

  • AmericanTeenagers
    AmericanTeenagers Month ago

    I loveeeeee this woman. Omg. ๐Ÿ˜

  • J0SH
    J0SH Month ago

    ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ

  • Mouse
    Mouse Month ago

    Support.

  • Danielle Adair
    Danielle Adair Month ago +1

    And the third scam...giving the "church" ten percent.

  • YD 223
    YD 223 Month ago

    Surviving fyre festival ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Alyssa Dyer
    Alyssa Dyer Month ago

    I'm glad things worked out for her, however it's sad to hear her say how they need white tourists. Black tourist with money exist too. Islanders need to stop putting white people up on a pedalstool and acting as if they don't have the power to do great things for themselves. From one islander to another, know your worth.

  • Austin Hodgins
    Austin Hodgins Month ago +1

    I love her.

  • claudia V
    claudia V Month ago +1

    I hope you always happy

  • Nicola
    Nicola Month ago +1

    Sweet lady, she deserves every happiness and kindness

  • Wilson Solt
    Wilson Solt Month ago

    "I send my wife, hahehahe"

  • DjGhost718
    DjGhost718 Month ago +1

    This woman is awesome

  • Priscilla
    Priscilla Month ago

    I at least hope she got the money she spent on it from go fund me

  • Jeff Meyers
    Jeff Meyers Month ago

    This new format is much more appealing. Itโ€™s about the story. Not whatever punk rocker druggy nerd reporters perspective is. Keep it and you wonโ€™t need any of George Soros money

  • Mike Trieu
    Mike Trieu Month ago

    Forget white tourists. Get mainland Chinese tourists. They'll be glad to build all your infrastructure for you as long as you provide them a military port.

  • James White
    James White Month ago

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  • Chief
    Chief Month ago

    1:05 mini Ladd?

  • very caring
    very caring Month ago

    MARYANN ROLLE YOU ARE SO LOVED!!!
    ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • very caring
    very caring Month ago

    YES ... I JUST WENT BACK TO THE VIDEO AND IT SURELY DOES HAVE THE CC BACK ON. VERY STRANGE! I CAN UNDERSTAND EVERY SINGLE WORD SHE SAID. LOL SHE IS VERY WELL SPOKEN. SHE DOES NOT HAVE A "THICK" BAHAMIAN ACCENT. SHE IS A BIG HEART WHO THOUGHT OF MONEY AS A TOOL FOR BRINGING PPL TOGETHER. GIVING BACK THAT AMT OF MONEY IS VERY NOBLE! TOTALLY PROUD AND HAPPY FOR HER BCZ THE NEGATIVE WAS TURNED INTO A WORLD CLASS POSITIVE!!!
    TRUE HUMAN BEING WITH KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE!๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒด

  • onari world
    onari world Month ago

    God bless her

  • Serenity Hans
    Serenity Hans Month ago

    Beautiful spirit!

  • lilahtov
    lilahtov Month ago

    What are the truly extraordinary person who demonstrates genuine integrity

  • Host Mo Berry
    Host Mo Berry Month ago

    Good job GoGundMe. Thank you forking w/ her