If you watch Netflix, you know what’s up: Tiger King, the story of a gun-toting, gay, mulleted, country singing, polygamous, almost president, wild-animal extraordinaire. To sum it up, this show is America in a nutshell.
The story follows Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, and his journey from putting animals in cages to putting himself in one. The show also briefly touches on a few others in the exotic animal field, but primarily focuses on Exotic’s worst enemy, Carol Baskins, an animal rights activist, who allegedly murdered her husband, and fed him to the tigers—or threw him in a septic tank, the details are a little shaky.
This show has been #1 in the U.S. on Netflix since the quarantine began, and I am beginning to believe that it is the only thing keeping U.S. people sane.
When I started watching the show, it was because I had run out of options. I had just finished watching “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton (0/10 stars, would never recommend), and decided “why not?” unknowing of the masterpiece I had discovered.
I wish I could rant more without spoilers, but this is a saga with drama that no documentary should have. Along the way you will laugh, cry, and question “Is this what we have come to as a country?” This is less than a documentary than an experience that I hope for everyone to live through.