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Review: ‘Tiger King’ worth the hype

Review: ‘Tiger King’ worth the hype
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Five Stars out of Five

By Maddy Warren
Staff Writer

One of Netflix’s latest releases, a limited series called “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” follows the lives of the biggest faces in the big-cat breeding world.

This seven-episode documentary series was released March 20 and has had the internet buzzing ever since.

The show stars zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, and follows not only his career, but also his downfall.

Exotic grew up in Garden City, Kan., and opened a pet store in Texas with his brother in 1986.

Upon his brother’s death in 1997, Exotic moved to Oklahoma and opened the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park in his brother’s honor. It was later renamed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

In addition to the keeping of his zoo, Exotic dabbled in country music and reality television.

Exotic recorded music videos for songs written and sung by other artists that made it seem like he was the one performing. He also ran an online reality TV show featuring his zoo.

He also tried his hand at politics, running for President in 2016 and governor of Oklahoma in 2018.

Other characters on the show include Carole Baskin of animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, “Doc” Antle, founder of The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) and businessman Jeff Lowe. Lowe is a former resident of St. Johns, Mich. “Tiger King” follows the feud between Exotic and Baskin. In 1997, Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis, disappeared. Exotic accuses Baskin of murdering her husband. Baskin denies these claims countless times.

After Baskin leads protests against Exotic’s use of cubs in his reality show, Exotic redesigns his zoo marketing artwork so that it is almost identical to that of Big Cat Rescue. Baskin then sues him for copyright infringement.

Their feud continues to escalate throughout the remainder of the show.

The thrilling series is bound to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with all its twists and turns.

“Tiger King” can be streamed on Netflix.

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