Pop Project Explains: Tiger King

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens, I thought it was the time during this quarantine life to talk about the Netflix phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Unless your quarantine lockdown spot is under a rock or Jared Leto on a 12-day retreat in the desert, Tiger King, or “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” is an eight-episode true-crime documentary about the Joe Exotic and his life that matches just as crazy of a name. So without further ado, welcome to Pop Project Explains Tiger King.

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DISCLAIMER: All the info and jokes are based on the information presented in the series. I’m going off of what was shown and told in the show.

“Tiger King” follows Joe Exotic, a gun wheeling polygamist gay man with a taste for “turning” straight men gay, horrible fashion, and of course, tigers. He is in a blood feud with a Carole Baskins. She’s an animal activist with a non-profit animal sanctuary that may or may not have fed her husband to her tigers. Both of them have Tigers and will do anything to protect them. Unironically, both probably would be best friends. Joe is gay, and that looks like to be Carole’s people.

Left to Right: Carole Baskins, Joe Exotic. Don’t they look like they would be BFFs?

Both Joe and Carole seemly run zoos for the public to come in, and they can interact with the animals. Well, Carole technically runs a “sanctuary,” but that’s the fancy way she’s running a zoo. There’s also a third character in this show, but they are going to get their own paragraph because he’s bat shit crazy. Joe and Carole used their “following” to attack each other. One would use her Facebook, and the other would use his “popular” online talk show and singing career. You read that right; Joe had a singing career. He even wrote a diss track for Miss Carole called “Here Kitty Kitty.” These two are the reason why we have tacky and not nice things.

“Allegedly,” Joe Exotic hired a hitman to kill Carole Baskin for him. He ended up getting caught and going to jail, where he currently resides. The constant threats on video didn’t help his case. If there’s a positive message to this shitshow, it’s that you need to watch what you put out on the internet. It will be there forever, especially if it contains you telling your followers to give out death threats or something like putting dead animals in their mailbox.

Now it’s time for the shadiest person on the show

This is Doc Antle. He has really long hair. Apparently people want to screw him. Not sure why.

Now there’s another character in this “wonderful show,” and his name is Mahamayavi Bhagavan Antle or Doc Antle. Just by that name, you can tell that he’s going an interesting character. Some consider him to be the real villain of “Tiger King.” I don’t, the villain of “Tiger King” is karma and their stupidity. Let’s be real, which most of this was sensationalized for ratings. Some of this shit is too good to come from the minds

Doc Antle runs T.I.G.E.R.S or The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. T.I.G.E.R.S is allegedly a sex cult that worships Doc Antle and Tigers. According to one of his former ladies, he gave her a new name and made her one of his “apprentices.” To move up in her apprenticeship, she was given the feeling that she would need to jump his bones. She was even told to get breast implants. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how does getting breast implants is helping Tigers. Allegedly the park likes to showcase the women to the families that come in it. I wonder if the Tiger dens also doubled as sex dungeons.

There were even employees who were impressed with how he trained both the tigers and his “women.” Ew. He dates a bunch of his employees. He also allegedly put down countless tigers for no reason. Doc Antle is just a trip. The kind of trip you don’t want to go on but end up going on. He’s sketchy. Frankly, everyone featured on this show is sketchy.

There’s some other stuff in the show like someone getting their arm ripped off, deaths, and FOOTAGE OF SOMEONE SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE HEAD. Yeah, there’s actual security camera footage of someone shooting themselves in the head. While you don’t see gore of it, it leaves little to the imagination. There are also some heartwarming moments but let’s be real, we aren’t here for heartwarming but rather the drama.

Final thoughts

“Tiger King” is pretty much like a train wreck that you just cannot help with but watch. I ended up binging one long boring night. Didn’t get anything out of besides the fact that everyone in the show was bat shit crazy. I wouldn’t recommend watching this because I think I lost brain cells. You just start viewing it, and then the next thing you know, you’re on the last episode.

There is a new episode that is kind of like a reunion show with some of the people. It’s pretty much Joe McHale, former host of “The Soup” on E!, making fun of them. It was okay fun. You will probably end up watching it just because it’s there. They are looking to make this into a series with Nicholas Cage starring as Joe Exotic. Best casting decision ever.

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Pop Project Explains: Cady Herron was the villain in ‘Mean Girls’

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Yesterday was the 14th anniversary of the release of the most iconic movie, “Mean Girls.” If you have not seen this movie, then I’m deeply sorry for you. This movie will change your life. I thought that I would explain the movie in honor of the release of this movie. It was during my research that I discovered something more chilling and true. I was upset that I didn’t notice it earlier. Welcome to the latest edition of “Pop Project Explains.” This is where I explain things.

In the movie, Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Herron. Cady is supposed to be the protagonist of the film because she is the main character/narrator of the film. But in all actuality, she’s really the villain of the film. You read that correctly. Now before you click off of this, I’m not saying that Regina George is a saint. She is far from it. But let’s look at the bigger picture here.

Cady Herron, with the help of Janis and Damien, was systematically destroying Regina’s life. They broke up Aaron Samuels and Regina, made The Plastics turn again her, and they even made gain weight so she would lose her “bitchin’ bod.” Then once they got did ruin her life, Cady pretty much just swooped in and stole Regina’s life and gained control of The Plastics. She cast aside her relationship with Janis and Damien once she was done with their help. This is just icing on the cake our so-called “protagonist.”

Cady Herron lied and used people. Granted, Regina did the same thing to a certain degree. But Regina just did to get her way to the top. Cady just did it for revenge. Regina did something selfish and Cady wanted to ruin her life over something small. Cady sought out to ruin and destroy Regina’s world.

Please explain to me how we should be rooting for Cady. She doesn’t seem like the person that I would root. I’d honestly rather root for Regina George if I had to pick the worst of two evils. “Mean Girls” is really about two evil and manipulative girls trying to out-bitch each other. The one we aren’t supposed to like is the victim. Regina George victimized people but not to the extent of Cady Herron. Both did repent their ways at the end but as JoJo said, “It’s just a little too late.”

I hope that I just ruined “Mean Girls” for you because my love for the movie is scarred for life. Granted, I’ll still watch it because it’s the best movie of all time. But I will be cussing out Cady more than Regina.

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Pop Project Explains: ‘Glee’ and how ridiculous it was

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Don’t Stop Believin’…I didn’t know what else to put here

With the new show “Rise” bringing back a television show that focuses on musical theater, I thought it was time to reminisce and talk about the OG show.  No, I’m not going to discuss “Fame” because frankly, the only good part of “Fame” was the 1980 movie that starts it all. We are going to discuss “Glee,” or as I will be calling it “The Lea Michele Show.” Welcome to another edition of “Pop Project Explains.”

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If you are new to how “Pop Project Explains” works, I pretty much just tell it like it is. I honestly look at something and just make fun of the ridiculous that it is. Click the link above to read more about them. If you are looking for my past “Glee” articles, click here because I did a lot of them. So let’s dive into it now.

What is Glee?

“Glee” follows an overly pushy Jewish girl with two gay dads named Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele. She has big dreams and is a borderline sociopath While she does get better and more likable as the show goes on, it’s all about her and what she wants. She steals the head cheerleaders boyfriend, only helps people in order for her to shine, sends a girl to a crack house because she’s worried about getting the spotlight over her; the list just goes on.

“Glee” takes place at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. Apparently, no one on the show has ever been to Ohio because I’ve never seen a show less like Ohio. Like they have outdoor hallways and lunchrooms. How does a school have outdoor hallways when the weather is unpredictable like Cardi B? Also, how does a Ohio public school afford this?

The show is pretty much just built around Rachel. There’s plenty of other character but they just there. Sure, sometimes they get the time to shine but it’s not as much as Rachel. They even point this out repeatedly through the series but nothing happens about it. And the best part is that the teachers just let it happen. Sure, Rachel is extremely talented but let others shine. Even after she graduated it was still all about her.

The true stars of the show were the McKinley High Jazz Band and their Pianist. They must be a bunch of musical geniuses because they could play any sort of song or genre at a drop of a dime. They would literally just walk up to the front of the classroom and then start singing. The band just knew what song to play. Why are they wasting their talents on playing for a show choir?

For the majority of “Glee” existence, they complained about the budget they had but yet they did overly beautifully produce numbers that they never performed at any of the competitions. They did a mashup of the theme from “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” It was full on raining on stage while they were performing. How can you not afford buses to sectionals? Also, where is the school board stepping in to look at this? There so much more money going toward useless performances that could have gone towards something else. 

I hope this helped explain “Glee” more to you. I also hope you realize how ridiculous this show was. Good show, just a bit too much. If you haven’t seen “Glee,” I highly recommend it.

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Pop Project Explains: High School Musical

 

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Since I love crushing childhood memories, I thought it was long overdue to explain “High School Musical.” Welcome to the end of your childhood on this edition of “Pop Project Explains.” ‘We’re All in This Together” so let’s just jump into it. Warning now: this is freaking long. There’s a lot of things to go over.

 

What is “High School Musical?”

Please note that I’m only explaining the first movie and not the entire franchise. I don’t want to send people into shock. Also, I think we can all agree that the first movie is the most messed up than the other two. Oh, this will have spoilers so if you haven’t seen “High School Musical” then you need to question the life choices you have made up to this point. Just go watch it, it’s a need.

“High School Musical” follows Troy and Gabrielle as the lose their musical virginities. They met on winter vacation while being peer pressured and forced to sing karaoke in what looked like the Cagefighting version of karaoke. Two singers enter, one song dies. They both ended up attending East High together as Gabrielle moved to the school district for plot purposes. Oh, and her mother got a new job. Gabrielle’s mom apparently can’t hold down a job. It’s so bad that she has to promise the company that she won’t move again until after Gabrielle graduates.

Gabrielle’s mother is a rolling stone. And where is her father in all of this? Are we suppose to just assume that he’s dead? Or is he okay with the fact that his daughter keeps getting moved around the country? Kenny Ortega, why didn’t you tell us this? For purpose of this “Pop Project Explains,” I’m going with that her father is dead because it’s a Disney movie. In Disney movies, at least one or both parents is dead at some point. Man, Disney movies are fucked up.

We are introduced some of the cliques of the school, which aren’t anything like the cliques you would fine in a high school. They are all too attractive and throwing slurs at each other. Chaos ensues as literally every character that has lines are in the same homeroom because of the plot. Gotta love plot conveniences! After the Disney’s version of “it was my first time, I’ve never done anything like that” sex conversation in the hallway,  Troy and Gabrielle stop and talk about the audition for the winter musical before we are introduced officially to Sharpay Evans, the bitch of the school who’s supposed to be the antagonist but is really more of the protagonist.

Sharpay also has a brother named Ryan who is pretty much her bitch. They are the leads in every play. Lead characters usually fall in love with each other. Everyone just pretty much ignores that and I will too….for now.

Sharpay sees Gabrielle as a threat and in her own mean slightly nice way, sets her up with the Taylor and the Academic decathlon because stereotyping is allowed. Gabrielle is smart so it only makes it right to she wants to join the Academic Decathalon. Don’t worry, Taylor and Gabrielle keep the stereotyping alive and well by speaking to the cheerleaders in a valley girl like way about Troy Bolton. Because both of their friends pretty much shamed them about liking new things, Troy and Gabrielle sneak into the auditorium like they are wanted for a felony just to watch the auditions. How fucking sad is that? They also see Sharpay castrate the person who wrote the show, Kelcie. What a bitch and yet, she’s the most likable person in this entire movie.

Let’s talk about the fact that Sharpay and Ryan are auditioning together with a love song. Am I the only one who finds it very wrong that Ms. Darbus, the drama club/homeroom teacher, is letting brother and sister audition for the lead role of people who are in love? Do people think that theatrical incest is okay? What is Disney trying to teach us with them? It is so messed up that I’m at a loss for words. Anyways, Troy and Gabriella show themselves but Darbus denies their audition because it’s over. They help Kelcie and give her some words of encouragement before she plays them the song Sharpay and her “brother” sing but the way it’s supposed to sound.

It is here that we are introduced to the biggest plot hole in the entire musical franchise: HOW THE FUCKING HELL DO THEY KNOW HOW TO READ SHEET MUSIC IF THEY HAVE LITTLE TO NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE???? Explain that to me, Kenny Ortega! Let’s hear your explanation on how the plot centers around two characters that have never done musical theater before can magically read sheet music. It’s like giving two toddlers the keys to your car and having them drive perfectly fine without knowing how or reaching the pedals. And don’t say YouTube because that wasn’t a think in 2006.

Ms. Darbus apparently hear them after leaving because she has ears like a hawk and gives them a callback even though she just denied them a few seconds ago. East High has just too many problems. Troy and Gabrielle getting a callback is apparently the worst thing that has happened because it sends everyone into a song and dance number in the cafeteria where the “Status Quo” gets shaken up because of all the cliques are pretty much shaming their friends because they like something that they find wrong. Can you believe this is a Disney movie? And where is the lunch aid during all of this to break up the music number? Are they hiding in fear of getting hit or trampled? And how come none of these students are getting detention for this? If I did this at my high school, I would be in big trouble.

After Troy’s father and his best friend openly say they aren’t fans of what Gabrielle is doing to him, the basketball team and the Academic decathlon team come together to break up Troy and Gabrielle so they could just focus on the bigger picture: Winning. They were more worried about winning and than their friend’s happiness. It’s the most realistic High School thing about this movie. Oh, Troy and Gabrielle’s friends are supposed to be the protagonist of the film too. The basketball team got Troy to say that he wouldn’t do the callback and would forget about Gabrielle in order to make them happy. The decathlon team wired it up so Troy would appear on the laptop saying those things during a Powerpoint presentation they made for Gabrielle.

The real kicker is that they got it all on camera and Gabrielle didn’t even question why he was on there like that. For a genius, she’s lacking some common sense. Anyone else would think of the bigger picture and wonder how they got that footage. And how doesn’t Troy notice the webcam and the laptop open? Too many basketballs to the head cause his vision to be bad?

Both become extremely depressed not high functioning members of the teams that they are stars of and their so-called friends realize “oh, shit we fucked up.” The two teams come clean about how they were assholes. Gabrielle doesn’t care as Troy really hurt her feelings. Troy later visits Gabrielle to apologize but she doesn’t show up at the door. So he breaks an entering and end ups calling her on the phone and standing on her balcony outside her bedroom. What parent gives their teenager a balcony with doors? That’s just asking for problems. If only Gabrielle’s father wasn’t dead.  It’s here that we come to the second biggest plot hole of the franchise: TROY SINGING ON THE BALCONY DOESN’T SOUND LIKE HE NORMALLY DOES!!

We all know the reason behind that but it still. Do they just think no one will notice? It’s very very noticeable. TROY BOLTON SINGING DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THAT!!?! Anyways, Troy and Gabrielle makeup and we fade out on them smiling at each other with love in their eyes because they are going to “practicing music.” They really probably getting it on. Think about, if Gabrielle’s mother knocks on the door, Troy can just escape off out the balcony and no one will notice.

Everything is right in the world with a happy montage until the incestuous bitchy twins get the date of the audition moved to the same day as the big game and the academic decathlon, which would never happen in a real world because that’s too much money being use by the school besides the fact it’s making people/fans pick if they like sports, theatre, or academics. I’m also pretty sure you would have to get approval for that. But the assholes come together to create a plan that will allow Troy and Gabrielle to do everything.

Their plan you ask: release toxic gas in the air that may or may not kill everyone and cause a power surge in the gymnasium that could start a fire or make things explode. Again, these people are supposed to be the protagonists of the film. This all occurs with a montage of the twins performance, the game, and the decathlon. It’s a cluster fuck montage. Everyone is forced into the auditorium for “safety reasons” aka plot conveniences. This allows them to watch Troy and Gabrielle perform and are shocked at how good they are. We also see the shock on their parent’s faces. Which is stupid because they probably heard them practicing at home.

This is where the movie ends as they win the game, the decathlon, and the parts because it’s Disney. Sharpay is somewhat happy about being the understudy, which makes no sense character wise. She was ruthless and trying to get the role at any cost and then she’s just suddenly okay with not getting it? There’s also the big dance number about how “We’re All in This Together” and being there for each other. So we are just going to forget about the peer pressuring, the stereotyping, and bullying? Yes, because it is a Disney film.

I hope your childhood was ruined by this “Pop Project Explains” just like mine was researching it. The movie isn’t a bad movie. It’s just fucked up with the plot points. The movie does have a very good message…it’s just the subliminal messages that make you go “that’s not right.” You’re welcome for this.

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