TV Features

Is Carole Baskin Really "Just as Bad as Joe Exotic"?

Tiger King depicted Baskin's Big Cat Rescue as equivalent to Joe Exotic's zoo, but that's far from the truth.

If Netflix's hit documentary Tiger King could be said to have one villain (twist: they're all villains), it's Carole Baskin.

Apart from any speculation about her past crimes, the documentary did a good job of selling the perspective that her so-called "sanctuary" was equivalent to the blatantly exploitative and inhumane operations of figures like Joe Exotic and Doc Antle. Rick Kirkham, the TV producer who sought to turn Joe's life into a reality show put it bluntly, calling her "just as bad as Joe [Exotic]," and asserting that "They were both, you know, taking advantage of exotic animals to make money."

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Music Lists

12 Black Indie Musicians to Support on Bandcamp Today

Bandcamp is waiving revenue shares today, and you should support POC artists.

Today is another Bandcamp Friday, meaning until midnight tonight, the platform will be waiving revenue shares and letting artists take 100 percent of profits.

Now more than ever, as Black Lives Matter protests occur around the world, it's extremely important to lift marginalized voices. The music industry has repeatedly erased Black voices throughout history, despite the fact that most mainstream genres were invented by Black people.

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Culture News

Joe Exotic Is in Talks to Host His Own Radio Show from Prison

The Star of Tiger King wants to make the most of his fame—while serving a 22-year prison sentence

Joe Exotic has always wanted to be famous.

You don't pursue magic, music, TV, politics, animal training, and branded underwear and condoms if you don't have something of an obsession with celebrity. Now that he's finally become a household name, he can hardly enjoy it because he's stuck in prison, serving a 22-year sentence on two charges of murder for hire and various offenses involving the treatment and sale of his big cats. But there is still one medium that Joseph Maldonado-Passage—AKA Joe Exotic—has yet to pursue, and which may be his ticket to the audience he's always craved: Talk radio.

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