How Fyre Festival Almost Ruined My Life, Twice

  • 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 she’s going to do with the money and how she almost got scammed again.
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  • - Aquamarine -
    - Aquamarine - 2 days ago

    that lady deserved every dollar that went to her

  • Le Studio K
    Le Studio K 9 days ago

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  • Hey Y'all
    Hey Y'all 10 days ago +1

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

  • James Stephenson
    James Stephenson 11 days ago

    I’m so proud to be of the West Indian people. Big up to Auntie, showcasin di heart of di ppl 🇹🇹🇧🇸

  • Crystal Miller
    Crystal Miller 11 days ago

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

  • Hannah Sweet
    Hannah Sweet 12 days ago

    A little is a lot of it’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 16 days 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 16 days ago

    This is such an important story.

  • Landon Kupfer
    Landon Kupfer 17 days ago

    This lady is amazing she has a heart of gold

  • steve McLovin
    steve McLovin 17 days 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 _ 17 days ago

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

  • Yeoj
    Yeoj 17 days ago +1

    LA kids will ruin anything man lmao

  • maria belen coronel
    maria belen coronel 17 days ago


  • Justin Marion
    Justin Marion 17 days ago


  • Ed Mann
    Ed Mann 17 days ago

    Thank God for good people in this world.

  • Lisa Ann Smith
    Lisa Ann Smith 17 days ago

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

  • Elizabeth Medlin
    Elizabeth Medlin 17 days ago

    The lady WHO*

  • N I
    N I 17 days ago

    Aww cutest couple

  • Sirama
    Sirama 17 days 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 aren’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 18 days ago

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

  • Kemarie Bug
    Kemarie Bug 18 days ago

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

  • finallyanime
    finallyanime 18 days ago

    I really hope they helped her out

  • Fadjy Valentin
    Fadjy Valentin 18 days ago

    The crazy thing is I’m sure she would have given her friend some money either way. Greedy as hell for no reason. Glad she didn’t sign

  • Taylor Nezovich
    Taylor Nezovich 18 days ago

    Elvis might be the best thing that happened to you but I promise you’re the best thing that could’ve happened to him. This woman is a gift!

  • BongToke419
    BongToke419 18 days 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 18 days ago

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

  • Leeked Productions
    Leeked Productions 18 days ago

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

  • Ben Neely
    Ben Neely 18 days ago

    Amen! 🤘🏾🙌🏾

  • Gigi Wright
    Gigi Wright 18 days 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 18 days ago

    Love 💘 too go! Maybe one day!

  • Daina Hulme
    Daina Hulme 18 days ago

    Just give BACK!
    Great gesture

    RINGCHINGCHYNNA ! 18 days 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 18 days ago

    I really wish RUclip would just take you directly to the comment you got a reply from. What’s the point of that notification if I can’t find the damn comment to read it.

  • United States
    United States 18 days ago

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

  • ashleycaresse
    ashleycaresse 18 days ago

    Mannnnn that's some BS.

  • yellow teeth village
    yellow teeth village 18 days ago

    poor woman

  • AmericanTeenagers
    AmericanTeenagers 18 days ago

    I loveeeeee this woman. Omg. 😍

  • J0SH
    J0SH 18 days ago


  • Mouse
    Mouse 18 days ago


  • Danielle Adair
    Danielle Adair 18 days ago

    And the third the "church" ten percent.

  • YD 223
    YD 223 18 days ago

    Surviving fyre festival 🤣

  • Alyssa Dyer
    Alyssa Dyer 18 days 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 18 days ago +1

    I love her.

  • claudia V
    claudia V 18 days ago +1

    I hope you always happy

  • Nicola
    Nicola 18 days ago +1

    Sweet lady, she deserves every happiness and kindness

  • Wilson Solt
    Wilson Solt 19 days ago

    "I send my wife, hahehahe"

  • DjGhost718
    DjGhost718 19 days ago +1

    This woman is awesome

  • Priscilla
    Priscilla 19 days ago

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

  • Jeff Meyers
    Jeff Meyers 19 days ago

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

  • Mike Trieu
    Mike Trieu 19 days 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 19 days ago

    comment is loading ...

  • Chief
    Chief 19 days ago

    1:05 mini Ladd?

  • Angie67610
    Angie67610 19 days ago

    God bless her dearly. What an angel, so much love from the heart.

  • very caring
    very caring 19 days ago


  • very caring
    very caring 19 days ago


  • onari world
    onari world 19 days ago

    God bless her

  • Serenity Hans
    Serenity Hans 19 days ago

    Beautiful spirit!

  • lilahtov
    lilahtov 19 days ago

    What are the truly extraordinary person who demonstrates genuine integrity

  • Host Mo Berry
    Host Mo Berry 19 days ago

    Good job GoGundMe. Thank you forking w/ her

  • Jasper Hardin
    Jasper Hardin 19 days ago

    What a lovely human. I hope she’s doing well. I’m sorry this happened to her.

  • Haven
    Haven 19 days ago +1

    The netflix documentary broke my heart, I felt like it was too sympathetic to the rich white people who got hurt by it and not at all sympathetic enough towards or giving recognition of the bahamian people who labored intensely for it and lost so much money, dignity, time, sweat, energy, and tears...

  • Jocelyne
    Jocelyne 19 days ago

    Beautiful woman of God!!!

  • maryjo castro
    maryjo castro 19 days ago

    she’s a genuinely good person. you don’t find those that often

  • Apples .Pears
    Apples .Pears 19 days ago +4

    No one deserves this lady, she’s too precious 😩

  • David Ilea
    David Ilea 19 days ago

    Lady sucks with money.

  • Aysha Lamara Tywo
    Aysha Lamara Tywo 19 days ago +3

    This is who the fyre documentary should've been about the whole time. Everyone who actually lives on that island got screwed

  • Cee Irv86
    Cee Irv86 19 days ago

    Fact, I'd rather go without than to make a deal with a devil. Bless her.

  • PurpleGoomy
    PurpleGoomy 19 days ago

    Bless this lady 💜💜💜

  • Sunchild1913
    Sunchild1913 19 days ago

    She is such an angel

  • hidayah84
    hidayah84 19 days ago

    She’s so pure hearted! I want her as my governor! Someone’s who’s only for the people

  • Jax Huckle
    Jax Huckle 19 days ago

    I vote for this lady to be supreme ruler of earth

  • Mary Watkins
    Mary Watkins 19 days ago

    Glad she got some of her money from GoFundMe.

  • Mary Watkins
    Mary Watkins 19 days ago

    And that's why I would have demanded a deposit upfront before agreeing to anything. It's bogus what happened to her, but let this be a hard lesson learned.

  • Cameron Jones
    Cameron Jones 19 days ago

    so bitch needs 250k for losing 50k? seems legit.....

  • Likedbymany
    Likedbymany 19 days ago

    I will be visiting. I can't wait to see the renovations

  • bella boom boom
    bella boom boom 19 days ago

    Wishing her success in her endeavors

  • T. Washington
    T. Washington 19 days ago +3

    Bruh who is this woman? She'd rather send the money back to the donors than to take half? After all shes been through she can still look $125K in the face and say send it back? Bless her, her spirit is so pure and joyful that she will always be alright.

  • YOW Gyrl
    YOW Gyrl 19 days ago +1

    When it comes to money, a lot of people are in it for the wrong reasons. Like the woman who started this fund me page, good for you to return the funds. You have a good heart.

  • SuperNinger
    SuperNinger 19 days ago

    Lost 50k, asked for 200k????

  • ThesePitHands
    ThesePitHands 19 days ago +1

    I don’t give a fuck about all those rich asshole kids who blew reckless money as if they are the biggest victims when their lives will not likely change for much, but this is a good story to tell. I’m grateful that her tribulation was able to become a sort of opportunity and that she has a desire to do things honestly is quite refreshing, fuck those assholes trying to mess with her life for their own greedy profit

  • Ana Ourworld
    Ana Ourworld 19 days ago +9

    “A lot is in a little when God is in it... a little is much if you give it from the heart.” WELL SAID, everyone should learn from this woman!

  • Jimmy Divicio
    Jimmy Divicio 19 days ago

    I watched the documentary and I hoped the internet would safe her

  • Jay Belin
    Jay Belin 19 days ago

    She is so sweet!

  • tjsocool
    tjsocool 19 days ago

    The lady has a good heart. What is Frye Festival? What’s the purpose? Can somebody educate me?

    • Jose Chavez
      Jose Chavez 16 days ago

      tjsocool absolutely

    • tjsocool
      tjsocool 17 days ago +1

      Jose Chavez thanks so much

    • Jose Chavez
      Jose Chavez 17 days ago +1

      tjsocool well it was supposed to promote an app called Fyre where anyone can literally book their favorite musician so they were going to have the biggest luxury festival to promote it. They got people to spend thousands and millions for all these promises they made including investors and they DID NOT deliver lol. It was the effort between an entrepreneur and Ja Rule that basically started and ran the whole scandal. The entrepreneur is in jail now for fraud and a whole lot of other offenses pertaining to this but Ja Rule is still running that Fyre app I believe from the last thing I heard or at least trying to. I don’t know if it was even successful or not like I’ve never even heard anything about it other than from the Fyre Festival. There’s a documentary on it you should watch it’s actually reallly good. There’s 2 actually ones on Hulu and the others on Netflix. I kind of liked the one on Netflix better.

    • tjsocool
      tjsocool 18 days ago

      Jose Chavez I went Bahamas last year and I saw the flyer everywhere promoting FyreFest but I didn’t know what it was. Yes I know google.

    • Jose Chavez
      Jose Chavez 18 days ago

      tjsocool it was the biggest festival ever that was supposed to happen by an entrepreneur and have you ever heard of google

  • crazy chick
    crazy chick 19 days ago

    What a kind beautiful woman

    ARIEL 19 days ago

    "A lot is in the little when God is in it."

  • Alchemical Architect
    Alchemical Architect 19 days ago

    Higher power proctect beautiful souls such as her......for they are truely created in your image of your higher self on the spectrum

  • leeluv96
    leeluv96 19 days ago

    Get ahead of the tourism wave and ban plastic now. Also put strict guidelines in place for trash. Because your paradise will become a toxic wasteland overnight.

  • Generation Z
    Generation Z 19 days ago

    Yep if you want more info go to internet historian he has the best coverage over all of it. But this is still great journalism

  • kevin player
    kevin player 19 days ago +1

    Why did 382 people disliked this?

  • 6Lilies6Phillies
    6Lilies6Phillies 19 days ago

    Thanks Ashanti!

  • Miku Gilmore
    Miku Gilmore 19 days ago

    If she lost 50k then y was the goal 250k

  • dria moon
    dria moon 19 days ago

    Oh what an angel god bless her

  • Aiden Halleo
    Aiden Halleo 19 days ago

    Wow this is sad, I feel sorry for this woman and the guest who were screwed over by the man who made the worthless magnesium cards.😢😠

  • Ryan Mitchell
    Ryan Mitchell 19 days ago

    Beard cheese and salad and you guys are prasing her shes a fraud and a liar

  • Ryan Mitchell
    Ryan Mitchell 19 days ago

    50k went to this

  • Ryan Mitchell
    Ryan Mitchell 19 days ago

    If anyone wants to dispute that look it up half the peopke that went actually only got cheese and bread.. She was in on the scam and now shes playing the victim card

  • Ryan Mitchell
    Ryan Mitchell 19 days ago

    Im confused on the 50k she spent on food when reports clearly state how there was no food they literaly hate bad ham sandwiches

  • Somali Kanye
    Somali Kanye 20 days ago

    So happy she got her money