Since it dropped on Netflix over the weekend, the seven-part documentary series Tiger King has been all that anyone can think about. Sure, we're all currently climbing the walls and are desperate for any form of entertainment, but even if we weren't self-isolating in the middle of a pandemic, Tiger King tells a story so full of idiosyncratic characters, out-of-left-field plot twists, and downright weirdness that it was destined to become a cultural moment no matter when it was released.
And. It's. All. True.
There's only one thing as richly rewarding as sitting down and binging Tiger King in one sitting, and that's doing so with one eye on Twitter. This is Joe Exotic's internet now, we're just living on it.
Many Twitter users hailed Tiger King as the salve to their quarantine-induced boredom:
Day 14 of no sports. Watching a gay zoo manager seduce straight men with meth & tigers 🐅 pic.twitter.com/ZOiDFpfINs— Dameka Rochelle (@DamekaRochelle) March 26, 2020
And they've got a point.
The “Tiger King” jet skiing montage may be the greatest thirty seconds in documentary film history. Not sure it can be topped. pic.twitter.com/F4jzN6rvX0— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 26, 2020
While just as many viewers became immediately obsessed with the show's eccentric and fascinating central figure, polygamous zoo owner Joe Exotic:
Any previous answer I gave to ‘who in the world would you like to have dinner with’ can now officially be changed to Joe Exotic aka Tiger King. That is my final answer. Thanks.— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) March 26, 2020
This the genie that pops out when you rub a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew pic.twitter.com/SHgQnxsWZq— Leerooooooy Jenkins (@issa_handle_) March 24, 2020
Others started thinking about the inevitable feature film adaptation.
matthew mcconaughey watching the tiger king knowing that he can’t start developing a movie where he plays joe exotic because the entire film industry is shut down pic.twitter.com/vdbHCENGHm— nick usen (@nickusen) March 25, 2020
If I had to cast American Crime Story: Tiger King— (dedrick) (@boydedrick) March 25, 2020
Woody Harrelson as Joe Exotic pic.twitter.com/xWXFr5N6xa
This being the internet, it wasn't long before viewers started sharing their own thoughts and theories about what really happened to Carole Baskin's husband, Don Lewis.
Meanwhile, on Pet Twitter, people were just enjoying the big cat content.
My cat has been an unbelievable asshole lately — biting, chasing us around, digging into the covers — and I think it’s because she’s watching Tiger King with us and thinks she is a big cat and not, say, a twelve pound tuxedo who cries in fear if you open the front door.— Scaachi (@Scaachi) March 26, 2020
Tiger King directors and producers Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin have stated that they still have plenty of unseen footage in the can, adding that as a number of the show's unresolved mysteries continue to unfold in real time, a second season is not out of the question. Until then, we'll always have Joe Exotic's Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.
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