The only good things to come out of quarantine are these love stories and Tiger King. The seven-episode true-crime series on Netflix dives deep into the twisty tale of eccentric big cat handler Joe Exotic aka Joseph Schreibvogel aka the man with the bleach-blonde mullet. His magnificent mop and sequin-studded tiger-print jacket have earned him "low key style icon" status on social media, but make no mistake: Joe is a very complicated character. He keeps tigers in small cages, admits to using crystal meth, runs an offensive web series attacking his "enemies," records bizarro (albeit kind-of catchy?) country music, and allegedly orchestrated a murder-for-hire plot.
In 2018, Joe was arrested and found guilty on 19 counts including recruiting someone to kill his rival Carole Baskin, an "animal rights activist" with a questionable past of her own. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020 and, as we see in the show, that magnificent mullet of his is now growing out.
The show hinges around Joe and his feud with Carol, but each episode introduces a new set of crazy real-life characters, including but not limited to: the head of a polygamist cult, Carol's missing millionaire husband whom many believe she fed to a tiger, Joe's former employee who gets her arm ripped off by a tiger, a drug dealer who believes he is the inspiration for Tony Montana from Scarface, and an undercover FBI agent.
In conclusion, the series is ~wild~ and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. As we find ourselves trapped in our own form of captivity—self-isolating to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus (ways to help your community during the outbreak, here)—Tiger King serves as the ultimate distraction. Here are some of the best reactions to the show.
"If you think your life is a mess..do yourself a favor and watch #TigerKing."
You know a documentary is absolute insanity when actual footage of an individual getting their entire forearm ripped off by a tiger is the least talked about event that transpired #tigerking— stinkyjoker (@stinkyjoker1) March 25, 2020
"Joe Exotic would be thrilled to know that he alone brought a nation together as we weathered a pandemic."
Me recapping how batshit Tiger King is to random objects in my apartment pic.twitter.com/ksxBHkHnDe— Fam Serg (@smnth_frgsn) March 23, 2020
Y’all reach the Tiger King portion of your quarantine yet? pic.twitter.com/5Qc4OIP35T— Glynnis E. Cronin (@GlynnisCronin) March 22, 2020
"I keep trying to figure out who's the good guy in this crazy cast of characters."
there is not a single character so far in Tiger King who is in possession of their marbles. just... marbles all over the floor...— JP (@jpbrammer) March 24, 2020
joe exotic writing a song & making a music video about how his enemy killed her husband & fed him to the tigers is the level of petty i aspire to be #TigerKing #JoeExotic #CaroleKilledHerHusband #CaroleBaskin #HereKittyKitty 🐯🦁 pic.twitter.com/2HX5WhsY3K— Larissa Vickery (@LMV314) March 26, 2020
"Carole Baskin definitely fed her husband to those tigers."
"JOE EXOTIC LOW KEY A FASHION ICON"
JOE EXOTIC LOW KEY A FASHION ICON— DJ ASTRO 8000 (@Astro8000_) March 25, 2020
Dont get me wrong tho Joe Exotic was a fashion icon pic.twitter.com/ZMoE5ZuyCk— y (@crackpods) March 26, 2020
Quar Goals:— SARAH SQUIRM ･｡ ☆∴･ﾟ*｡★･ (@SarahSquirm) March 23, 2020
i want to emerge from the Quar with as many earrings as Joe Exotic, and yes, i’m gonna do it to myself Parent Trap-style pic.twitter.com/o7IDiPs57Z
I had to do a style trend report for work and you better fucking believe I did it on Joe Exotic pic.twitter.com/ouwXdKQ2dd— FKA twigs talking about snakes (@tacobellaswan) March 26, 2020
I want joe exotic's closet. That man is a style ICON— 𝐣𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐞 (@httpjamie) March 26, 2020
"Them Joe Exotic songs don’t sound half bad tho."
ready for that Tiger King soundtrack on Apple Music.— Hailey Fancher (@HaileyFanch) March 26, 2020
"Me falling into the hype telling people to actually watch."
After finishing up #TigerKing, everything I wanted to watch next seems to pale in comparison. I never knew a doc series about a fringe-jacket-wearing frizzy-blonde-mullet-haired psychotic gun-toting gay polygamist exotic animal zoo owner would ruin me. I'm flabbergasted. pic.twitter.com/RFP48jZ6XA— J.B. Hamilton will get better eventually. (@StorySorcery) March 23, 2020
I thought this was going to be a biased documentary but they nailed all of the characters! This is fantastic! Tiger king!— JOE EXOTIC (@JoeExotic) March 20, 2020
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