Mar 31, 2020

    Joe Exotic Is Apparently "Thrilled" By The Reaction To Netflix's "Tiger King"

    Joe called the filmmakers from jail and is "tickled pink" by the documentary.

    If you've been online at all over the last week, I'm sure you'll know all about Tiger King, the new Netflix docuseries following Oklahoma roadside zoo owner Joe Exotic and his absolutely wild rivalry with animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

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    All puns aside, I mean wild — in the last two episodes, we see Joe arrested and convicted for attempting to hire an assassin and have Carole murdered.

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    And that doesn't even scratch the surface of what goes on in the other five episodes.

    Since the documentary premiered, several of its participants have come out with statements saying they weren't too happy with the portrayal of their characters and stories.

    But as it turns out, not everyone involved in the documentary is unhappy with its outcome. In fact, Joe Exotic himself is apparently "thrilled" at how popular it's become.

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    In an interview with Lad Bible, Tiger King codirector Eric Goode revealed Joe had called him from jail after the documentary premiered and was "tickled pink" by the reaction.

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    "You know, [Joe] has lived his entire life just to be famous and so to finally realise this fame is just... He's tickled pink," he said. "Even though he's behind bars it's really interesting to see Joe's response — it's incredible, and very surprising."

    Goode also told the LA Times that Joe has spent his time in prison "trying to be an advocate for criminal justice reform".

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    "He is in a cage and of course he’s gonna say that he now recognises what he did to these animals," he said. "I take it with a big grain of salt when he says he is now apologetic for keeping animals."

    The filmmaker went on to tell Lad Bible that he had "mixed feelings" about his star.

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    He said:

    I have empathy for Joe and there are many qualities that I found fascinating and endearing about Joe. But at the same time Joe did horrific things, and he was one of those people that would try to tell you what you wanted to hear. He's very manipulative — and smart in many ways — but in the end you know all of these people, including Carole, created their own little world within a world. Most of them are living outside of mainstream America.

    Meanwhile, Goode's codirector Rebecca Chaiklin told the LA Times that they "can hardly talk to [Joe] without him mentioning the amount of press he’s getting".

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    "He says people are asking to see his Prince Albert and girls are sending him sexy bikini pictures even though he’s gay," she said. "He’s over the moon."

    You can read the full Lad Bible interview here and the LA Times interview here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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