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What Netflix’s 'Tiger King' Left Out About Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin

By Kate Hudson | TV | March 27, 2020 |

By Kate Hudson | TV | March 27, 2020 |


For those of you who haven’t seen Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King yet, I’m envious. You’re about to go on a journey and immerse yourself in the most WTF-community ever. I am, of course, talking about the dirtbags in the big cat community in America. I strongly encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now, and go watch Tiger King, and then come back to this article once you’re finished. I promise you, you don’t want any spoilers about the weirdos who populate that world.

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For those of you who have seen Tiger King, I come today with good news—there are a lot of “WTF?!?!?!” anecdotes about Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin that got left on the cutting room floor, which came to light when journalist and podcaster Robert Moor took to Twitter earlier this week to share his own experiences with the aforementioned people, which took place as he prepared a podcast and article on them.

So, without further ado, I am going to share the magic with you now (you can read the full thread for yourself, here.) Spoilers below:


OK, first off y’all were right in the comments in the article about his music. Joe did not sing or write those songs—they were done by the Clinton Johnson Band. (I guess I’m really gullible?) Apparently, he would sing softly over the track and call it a day.

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I’m going to embed this one directly, because yikes:

The police department case officer who was in charge of the arson on Joe Exotic’s property that resulted in the death of animals, and the destruction of footage that was to be subpoenaed, well, he was also Joe Exotic’s limo driver. Additionally, he was convicted of repeated assault against an “intellectually disabled man.” Gross.

This one made me LOL, because I’m a bad person, and also, Joe is clearly a grifter.

Then there’s Carole, who…well, let’s just say the evidence that she didn’t kill her husband isn’t as compelling as the evidence surrounding the other option:

You’ll be happy to know that John, Joe’s ex-husband, has a new set of teeth. (I saw the photo but he asked that it be taken down, and that request was respected. He was looking good!)

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Also, according to Moor, John was not the only person to have the “privately owned by Joe Exotic” tattoo. :(

Additionally, He confirmed that the “Walmart” truck meat was used in at least one restaurant that Joe was involved in…

In case you’re wondering, Joe smells like “cigarettes and sweat.”

For all you Joe-is-innocent-people out there, well…bad news, friends:

The entire thread is well worth your time.

All I can say is during this weird, scary time in the world, thank goodness we were blessed with Tiger King.

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Kate is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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