The new Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” has been one of the top shows on the platform since its release last month, and one of the most talked-about topics on the web.
The series is about the life and arrest of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, a former Oklahoma zookeeper who is currently in prison for allegedly hiring an employee to kill his rival and CEO of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin.
In the series, you learn that Carole Baskin is not necessarily an innocent victim. She is suspected of killing her millionaire ex-husband and then changing his will, so she was the primary beneficiary. Baskin has since positioned herself as an animal rights activist, despite making large sums of money off her wildlife park, where large cats are kept in captivity.
The experts are weighing in with their reviews of the film, and most seem to agree that Baskin is guilty of murder.
Former football star OJ Simpson, who has some experience with murder cases, posted a video to Twitter, where he shared his thoughts on the murder of Carole Baskin’s husband.
Simpson shared a self-shot video from the golf course, where he said he had just finished a game.
“I’ve had so many people on my case asking me to watch some show called Tiger King. Well yesterday I watched this show, and oh my God, is America in this bad a shape? I watched about six episodes of this show and I couldn’t even believe what I was looking at. White people! What’s with you and wild animals? Leave them animals alone!” Simpson said.
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) April 1, 2020
“This show is crazy, But it’s so crazy you kinda keep watching. One thing I will say: There’s not a shred of my doubt in my mind that that lady’s husband is tiger sashimi right now. I’m just sayin’. Take care and I hope you find something better to watch,” he added.
Simpson’s remark about tiger sashimi is a reference to a theory explored in the series, in which Baskin killed her former husband and fed him to the tigers on her property. It appeared that Baskin had gotten away with murder, but after the documentary was released, there was a renewed interest in the cold case.
A sheriff from Hillsborough County, Florida, has reopened the case, and is asking the public for leads into the 1997 disappearance of millionaire Don Lewis, Carole Baskin’s former husband.
Since @netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads. #CaroleBaskin #DonLewis #Netflix #Tiger #BigCatRescue #JoeExotic #TigerKingNetflix #HCSO pic.twitter.com/LHoJcBZVOI
— Chad Chronister (@ChadChronister) March 30, 2020
Carole Baskin is angry about the Netflix documentary and said that she was misled into participating in the series, under the pretense that it would be a “Blackfish” type documentary about the wildlife industry, and in many ways it was, she just didn’t realize that she would be one of the film’s villains.
Days before the recent release of the series, Joe Exotic filed a $94 million federal civil rights lawsuit against his former business partners and multiple government agencies for false imprisonment, loss of property, and payment for the years of work and research that went into creating the content that was used in the series. He also claims that his imprisonment has contributed to the death of his mother Shirley Schreibvogel.