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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