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.

I’m Never Going To Financially Recover From This

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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‘The Circle’ is something everyone needs to watch

I have a new addiction and boy, it’s one that I didn’t think I would have. Netflix has released its latest reality show, and frankly, it’s much needed in this day and age of reality television. It takes our love for social media and social experiments, and make it all into one big lovely hot mess. It’s time we talk about “The Circle.” Not to be confused with the 2017 film of the same name. Spoiler: it was meh.

It pays to not be yourself

“The Circle” is a reality show where eight players move into an apartment and use a social media app, called The Circle, to compete for $100,000. The players never meet face-to-face but use social media to judge, make alliances, and rank their fellow players. Like most things that we love, it originally came from the British. We have to love the British for some of our favorite shows.

The two players at the top of the rankings will then decided the player that will get blocked, aka eliminated, from the competition. There are games/activities that they use to get to know info about each other. New players join the game at different times throughout. The winner is decided by the player voting and ranking everyone based on who was most popular.

The key to playing and winning “The Circle” is how you are being perceived online. It’s on how you are interacting with your fellow players. It’s a modern take of “Big Brother.” Let’s be real for a moment, US “Big Brother” has been slacking recently and isn’t as good as it once was. This gave me old school BB vibes, and I was all here for it. The personalities are big and bold and actually there to play the game in front of them. Sure, it probably won’t last long, but it will still be good while it continues.

If you like a good reality show, like “Big Brother,” then I highly recommend check it out. New episodes come out every Wednesday, with the last set coming out on January 15th, 2020. It’s worth your time and worth watching. It’s literally everything.

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Miley Cyrus shines in epi​sode of ‘Black Mirror’ as Ashley O

In case you have been living under a rock, Miley Cyrus not only released the first third of her seventh album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” But she also starred in an episode of the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Before she becomes the first person to get on the Billboard Music charts under three different names, it’s time to talk about Miley’s episode on this series. It’s the best of both worlds.

Meet Ashley O, aka Hannah Montana 2.0

Head like a hole, black as your soul

“Black Mirror” is a British Anthology series. So what this means that none of the episodes are standalone episodes and have nothing to do with each other. So can watch Miley’s episode without having to worry about getting caught up first. The series follows what can happen with new technology in modern society and the side effects of what would happen, whether good or bad. If you know what “The Twilight Zone” is, it’s similar to that.

Miley’s episode is entitled “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” It follows Ashley O, a pop star that is starting to feel the pressure of being something that she doesn’t feel like it’s her. Her management team is doesn’t care and puts creative constrictions on her. Ashley is looked up by a fan named Rachel, who gets an AI doll of Ashley called Ashley Too who she uses to as a friend. Rachel hasn’t been able to make friends since the death of her mother. Rachel’s sister, Jack, isn’t a big fan of Ashley O or the Ashley Too doll.

This episode is a fantastic episode. The episode has issues when it comes to a coherent plot and pacing. There are too many plots going on that it’s all over the place. You think it is going one way, but then it goes another and forgets where it was going to go. Like there was a plot started about Rachel and Jack dealing with the loss of their mother, but it was thrown out during the middle and final act of the episode. Then it gets resolved by the end, but there’s not any real resolution.

The primary arch of the episode is more on Ashley O, and her management controls her so she can be who they want her to be due to how much money she is making for them. Without going too much into the story and spoiling it, it’s incredibly relevant to pop music in this day and again. More so in particular to the #FreeBritney movement that happened a couple of months ago. Honestly, Ashely O has a lot of similarities to Britney Spears.

The pacing of the episode is the biggest problem. It drags through the beginning and part of the middle acts. It’s not dull per se but it doesn’t peak your interest until the true intentions of the Ashley O and her management team come into the light. Most of the beginning is just getting to know Rachel and Jack, which is fine but the plot isn’t really strong enough to carry the show. Especially when it doesn’t proper development.

“Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” isn’t a bad episode but rather a good one. It just suffers from too many plots that create a slightly incoherent plot at times and pacing. I do recommend checking it out because Miley’s performance in it was everything. Miley was the highlight of the episode, especially as the Ashley Too doll. I got “Hannah Montana” vibes from the wig, and that’s when nostalgia hit. I liked the episode and hope they do more with Ashley O.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Noah Centineo swoons you in ‘The Perfect Date’

It’s springtime and you know what that means. Love is in the air and it’s time for a new Noah Centineo movie. Sure, We have the sequel for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” coming for but apparently we need more Noah Centineo in our lives. Netflix has answered our prayers with “The Perfect Date.”

Get it?

Be yourself is all that you can do

“The Perfect Date” is your typical teen romantic comedy. The movie stars Noah Centineo (What hasn’t this boy been in lately?”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Odiseas Gerorgiadis (“Gotham”), Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). The acting in the film is rather good. It’s your average acting in a teen romantic comedy. The movie is based on the book “The Stand-In” by Steve Bloom, which was released in 2017.

The movie follows Brooks (Noah) as he and his best friend Murph (Odiseas) as they team up to create an app to help Brooks raise money so he can go to the college of his dream, Yale. The app has Brooks going on dates, both platonic and romantic, with people and they can choose what personality they want him to have. Things take a turn when Brooks side job starts to change him and cause him to push away his friends and a potential love interest.

Noah Centineo

The movie itself is a fine movie and is rather cute and enjoyable. If this was the first Noah Centineo movie on the platform then the rating for this movie would probably be different. As much as I like Noah Centineo, this movie just came across as something we have already seen. The plot was reminiscent of what we got in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It’s just that Laura Jean has a penis and six-pack abs. It doesn’t help that he was in that too as well. It’s just too much Noah Centineo. Teen movies are already too predictable, to begin with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It would have been better if they changed it up a tad.

The ending of the movie is underwhelming, which fits with the plot. It happens in the right amount of time but at the same time, just doesn’t feel like it would happen like that in real life. It just happens to fast once they reached the climax. I wish they would haven’t rushed the ending. The pacing for the movie before that has been fine.

One thing that slightly irritated me was the fact that they gave Camila Mendes starring credits but yet they really don’t have her in the movie heavily. It’s kind of like they just had for that “Riverdale” clout. They didn’t need her for that since had Noah Centineo. Camila deserved better. They also kept Noah’s shirt on. That was a travesty in itself.

“The Perfect Date” is a cute and fine movie. It just suffers from the male lead being overexposed in too similar of movies. Because of this, the entire thing comes across like we have seen it before. The acting wasn’t bad at all and everyone was likable. The plot and the climax just leaves you underwhelmed when it’s all said and done. I do recommend watching the movie but it’s only worth one time watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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