Tiger King‘s story fascinates all ‘cool cats and kittens‘


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Over 64 million viewers have watched the Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

From wearing sequin cat print shirts to now wearing an orange jumpsuit, Joe Exotic is known worldwide as the Tiger King. Even from behind bars, he still has the power to make himself heard. 

Netflix revealed that 64 million households worldwide watched Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness over the first month of release. The world is now weighing in on Joe’s guilt, Carole Baskin and all things related to the documentary.

“I love the man,” junior Aubrey Russell said. “He is truly insane, but you can’t help but laugh. You can tell that he is made for the people. I would love to be his friend.”

Joe’s romantic life is a key characteristic to his story. It also adds to the show. 

“Joe having more than one husband made the show interesting,” senior Emma Holiday said. “Kind of like the show sister wives, people kept watching it because they couldn’t believe the stuff like that actually happened in everyday life.”

The appearance of other big cat owners added to the plot of the whole story and showed different perspectives. 

“Doc Antle was involved in the show because he was also a victim of Carole Baskin and the show wanted to introduce the life of an exotic animal owner,” senior Rachel Glenn said. “They were all being threatened by Carole because she wanted to be the only one to profit from her ‘sanctuary’ to make herself look like a hero because if they would’ve shut down all the zoos, all of the animals would be brought to her.” 

Carole Baskin is known as a savior to some, but others see her similar to Joe Exotic and Doc Antle. Her suspicious activity has led to rumors.

“I believe Carole Baskin killed her husband because she shows no remorse to his family and remains strangely calm when she is asked about the disappearance,” senior Jessica Gleason said. “She also has several ways to get away with it, and had a flaky and faulty department while investigating the scene.”