Review: “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”

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By Chanel Lubsey, Staff Writer

Some students may know who Carole Baskin is, while also being one of the many who watched the Netflix limited series, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.” This true-crime limited docuseries consists of seven episodes that are about 45 minutes to an hour long, covering the story of Joe Exotic, former zoo operator, and multiple exotic animal sanctuaries around the United States.

The story mainly follows Joe Schreibvogel (Joe Exotic) and his rivalry with Carole Baskin, a competitor at another exotic wildlife sanctuary. Joe Exotic was the owner of G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma, and he owned over 100 exotic species of animals, especially tigers. Carole Baskin is the owner and founder of Big Cat Rescue, a zoo and foundation aiming to help stop the abuse of tigers and other large exotic cats in sanctuaries across the states.

Throughout these seven mind-boggling episodes, viewers learn all about Joe Exotic and his two husbands, his love for making music, tigers, his zoo employees, and his hate for Carole Baskin. Viewers also get a thorough exploration of other large exotic sanctuaries, including Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue, Bhagavan Antle’s (Doc Antle) Myrtle Beach Safari, Tim Stark’s Wildlife in Need, and other businesses within the multimillion-dollar industry.

Some students have enjoyed “Tiger King” during their time indoors, having found the series to be oddly entertaining, and for the events to almost be unreal.

“I just recently started watching ‘Tiger King’ and I’m already halfway through the show,” Amanda Hartman, a sophomore speech-language pathology and audiology major, said. “For some reason I can’t stop watching, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s Joe Exotic, maybe it’s the unresolved murder of Carole’s husband. Although it’s a documentary, it doesn’t seem real.”

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