“Joe Exotic would be thrilled to know that he alone brought a nation together as we weathered a pandemic.” That’s just one of the memes that’s come out of Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Here are 25 more…
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Hello, all you cool cats and kittens! Just as we were looking for our next binge watch, Netflix went ahead and dropped Tiger King – the holy grail of streaming during self-isolation. The docuseries is all anyone is talking about right now, and it’s already received a 97% critic’s rating and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes – making it one of the most popular TV shows on the site.
It follows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, who runs the GW (Greater Wynnewood) Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. He’s a “mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer”, with a passion for owning, selling and breeding big cats like tigers and lions. He also gains money through cub petting. Oh, and he ran for president in 2016 and was the star of the best reality TV series the world will never get to see.
You might actually remember Joe from Louis Theroux’s documentary from 2011, America’s Most Dangerous Pets. In it, Joe said he would shoot Louis if one of the big cats attacked him, because it would be the “humane” thing to do (watch the full episode in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer).
The story just becomes wilder and wilder (in more ways than one) throughout the seven episodes. Joe is involved in a murder-for-hire plot against his arch nemesis, animal activist Carole Baskin, who owns Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. That’s just one of the many subplots – and Joe and Carole are just two of the many kooky characters, all with a love of exotic animals, who pop up in the show.
This tale has everything: cults, drugs, sequins, guns, con artists, lost limbs, Hummers, weddings, funerals, singing (a lot of singing), a missing husband, piercings and a distinct lack of shirts. AND it’s been endorsed by a slew of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted: “Has anyone seen Tiger King on Netflix?!?! It is crazy!!!!”
With the story taking people by storm the world over and a limited series focused on Carole (with Kate McKinnon playing her) in the works, here are 25 of the best memes about this “zoo crime” series…
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