Its hard to imagine a Youtube channel more bizarre than Joe Exotic's.
If you haven't binge watchedTiger King yet, what are you even doing?
Seriously, what are you doing? We need some ideas, because all we're doing is watching Tiger King, collecting Tiger King memes, and generally thinking about Tiger King. Ever since the documentary series dropped on Netflix, the world has been enamored and horrified by the antics of Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and their respective bands of weirdos. Some of the best parts of the series include clips of Joe's absolutely bonkers music videos. Specifically, we see a good minute or so of "Here Kitty Kitty," a supposedly original song performed by Joe Exotic himself that details the story of Carole Baskin allegedly feeding her husband to her pet tigers.
If you're anything like us, you saw the clip and immediately thought, "I must see that music video in its entirety RIGHT NOW." Lucky for you, the full video is still available on Youtube. But wait. It gets better. It turns out Joe Exotic's YouTube channel is very much alive and well, and there are over 10 original music videos available to stream. Obviously, its imperative that true Tiger King fans learn every word to every song, so we've made it easier for you and compiled all of the videos here. You're welcome.
1. Here Kitty Kitty
Joe Exotic Country Music "Here Kitty Kitty" youtu.be
We still have so many questions. Why is Joe Exotic dressed like a priest? Where did he find such a convincing Carole look alike? Whose idea was that ending shot with all the stars? Why do we actually genuinely enjoy this song?
2. This Is My Life
Joe Exotic's Country Music (This Is My Life) youtu.be
Its hard to beat this one in terms of pure drama. We particularly love the close ups of Joe's exquisite acting. Honestly, is this the next big gay pride anthem?
3. Alisa's Memory (Alisa's Butterflies)
Joe Exotic - Alisa's Memory (Alisa's Butterflies) youtu.be
Here's another real tearjerker for you. We aren't quite sure what the story is here, but it seems to be something about sending a dying child butterflies? We aren't sure, but we love the Channing Tatum shout out and the green highlighted bucket list.
4. Say Something
Say Something by Country Music Artist Joe Exotic (written by It's A Great Big World" youtu.be
This one starts with a Microsoft word art title card, and only gets better from there. Obviously, this one is a cover of a song by A Great Big World, but Joe manages to really make it his own by making it about the tragic death of a chimpanzee, whose burial we see in great detail.
5. Guardians of Children
Joe Exotic Country Music - Guardians Of Children youtu.be
Imagine growing up knowing you feature heavily in a Joe Exotic music video. Whose baby is that? Why is he dressed like a priest again? Where did he get that red pleather jacket? Did he pay that child to pretend to get abused? Oh my god he's singing to a child in a wheel chair oh that's so uncomfortable. What does the interstate have to do with anything? Seriously though, whose baby is that?
6. I Saw a Tiger
Joe Exotic - I Saw a Tiger youtu.be
Ah yes, now we're returning to some classic Tiger King canon. "I Saw A Tiger" featured heavily in the Netflix series, but god, there is just so much more to love about this video than what we saw on Netflix. The really bad lip syncing is almost as excellent as Joe's pretend guitar playing, but the real highlight has got to be the CGI stormy cloud backdrop.
7. Pretty Woman Lover
Joe Exotic - Pretty Woman Lover youtu.be
Its clear that Joe paid a new singer for this one, so he sounds completely different than he does in most of the videos, but don't worry, the lip syncing is just as bad as usual! Its not clear why a self-professed gay man would sing a song about loving pretty women, but we're so glad he did.
8. 96 Elephants
Joe Exotic Country Music - 96 Elephants youtu.be
You really can't beat the intro here, or the sick dance floor beat. Much of the song is from the perspective of an elephant, which is a real treat, as is the feature from some person named Tim Azel. We will warn you that there are some pretty graphic images of poached elephants featured, but none of them are as unsettling as Joe's performance.
9. Bring It On (Please Unite)
Country Music Artist Joe Exotic - Bring It On (Please Unite) youtu.be
Bono is SHAKING! Has there ever been a call to unity as powerful as "bring on the media or the right wing or the left wing anything you want to bring, bring it to me"? Come for the shots of Joe blowing up crash test dummies, stay for the bizarre montage of Joe donating blood.
10. I Can't Believe This Feeling
Joe Exotic Country Music with Dustin Whitson "I Can't Believe This Feeling" youtu.be
Tiger King fans will be interested in the unknown love interest shown here. He's not Travis, he's not John, and he's not Dillon, so who is he? What else don't we know about Joe's love life?
11. Do You Ever Wonder What Love Could Do
Joe Exotic - Do You Ever Wonder What Love Could Do? www.youtube.com
This video appears to be a part of some kind of fundraising effort, but that feels secondary to the shots of Joe against a CGI stormy sky backdrop in an absolutely unbelievable shirt.
12. My First Love
Joe Exotic - My First Love www.youtube.com
This video includes many shots of John Finlay, one of Joe's husbands that was featured heavily in the documentary series. It makes it all a little less romantic knowing how that love story turns out, but we can all still enjoy the candlelight sequence.
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Was the Jimmy Fallon Blackface Skit Intentionally Released as a Distraction from the Murder of George Floyd?
Racist police violence is a modern epidemic. So why are we talking about an SNL skit from 2000?
At this point, celebrity apologies are incredibly common. In 2020, it seems like some formerly beloved actor or TV personality is being put through the wringer of public opinion a few times a week.
Most recently, Twitter canceled Jimmy Fallon after an unquestionably racist skit from the 2000 season of SNL resurfaced online. The skit features Fallon impersonating Chris Rock, complete with black face and an offensive imitation of Rock's speech patterns.
Jimmy Fallon Blackface youtu.be
This quickly led to the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty trending on Twitter. While fans seemed split on whether Fallon should be forgiven for the 20-year-old misstep, most everyone agreed that Fallon should apologize regardless. This morning, he did just that in the form of a tweet.
As far as celebrity apologies go, Fallon's is a pretty good one. He doesn't try to sidestep the blame, he doesn't bring up the fact that there were undoubtedly many, many other individuals involved in the creation of the skit, and he doesn't even mention the fact that in 2000, many people still thought it was possible for black face to be done in the spirit of fun, because the deeply racist nature of the act was largely ignored in mainstream (white) media. Of course, we know better now, and it's easy to see that a white person doing an exaggerated imitation of a black person—darkened skin included—can only be a racist, belittling act with a long, dark history of racial oppression. With that in mind, Fallon's only option was to apologize without caveat or reservation. Indeed, it's refreshing to see a celebrity apology that doesn't try to justify or minimize their own misstep. While we can all agree Fallon made a terrible, racist choice 20 years ago, we have to believe that, like all of us, he's grown since then. If cancel culture is to have any efficacy in making the world a better place, it has to leave room for forgiveness and growth. Hopefully, the whole affair will leave Fallon (and those who witnessed it) more racially sensitive.
All of that being said, one has to ask why the clip was brought up now, given that it's been circulated around the Internet before, and the specific YouTube clip that was shared was posted on the site over a year ago. It's also worth noting that the version of the clip that was going around Twitter has a text overlay that reads: "NBC FIRED MEGAN KELLY FOR MENTIONING BLACKFACE. JIMMY FALLON PERFORMED ON NBC IN BLACKFACE."
Megan Kelly, an outspoken conservative, was indeed fired from her job at NBC because she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, saying on her talk show, "Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween," she said. "When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character." While Fallon's instance of racial insensitivity was in 2000, Kelly defended blackface in 2019, long after society at large had begun to acknowledge the hurt that blackface and other forms of racial impersonation could cause. This fundamental difference aside, Kelly also has a long history of racial insensitivity that Fallon does not, even once saying, "What is the evidence that what happened to Eric Garner and what happened to Michael Brown has anything to do with race?" in a conversation about the epidemic of racist police officers in America.
Given the text overlay, it's pretty clear that whoever began the #jimmyfallonisoverparty was not necessarily seeking justice for the black community, but was instead trying to imply hypocrisy in the cancellation of Megan Kelly, given that Fallon (who has been outspoken about the flaws of the Trump administration and political pundits like Kelly) is still on the air. One even has to wonder if, given that it's obvious that the #jimmyfallonisoverparty trend was begun by a conservative individual or group, if the trend was meant to be a distraction from the widespread racist police violence that has been emphasized in recent weeks by incidents like the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer on Monday. It seems oddly coincidental that the clip of Fallon should flood the Internet with controversy the day after Floyd's murder, unfortunately serving to help steer conversation away from Floyd's unjust death.
Indeed, under the unquestionably racist Donald Trump administration, more and more black people are being harassed, attacked, and murdered at the hands of racist white civilians and police officers. But Trump and his supporters don't want you to focus on that–so much so that it doesn't feel impossible that the Fallon skit was intentionally weaponized as a distraction.
In the last few weeks alone we learned that Ahmaud Arbery was murdered senselessly by a white man while simply out for a jog, and we all witnessed the harassment of Christian Cooper, a black man who was threatened by a white woman in Central Park who didn't want to put her dog on a leash. It's clear that racism in America cannot be reduced to insensitive skits from 20 years ago but is instead a current and deadly problem. What Jimmy Fallon did in 2000 was racist, yes; but don't let that distract you from the deadly consequences of racism in 2020, don't let celebrity apologies make you take your eyes of our lawmakers, who aren't doing enough to protect people of color in this country. Don't let the latest "#_____isoverparty" trend distract you from the deadly consequences of racism in our laws, culture, and criminal justice system.
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