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Carole Baskin Hits Out At 'Salacious' Tiger King Documentary

Carole Baskin Hits Out At 'Salacious' Tiger King Documentary

She claims the documentary isn't a true representation of the story

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Carole Baskin has hit out at the makers of the hit docuseries for including 'lies' about her killing her husband and feeding him to their tigers.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness landed on Netflix earlier this month and tells the story of gun-toting polygamist Joe Maldonado-Passage a.k.a 'Joe Exotic', who looks after a roadside zoo in Oklahoma and was convicted of trying to have Carole killed.

However, Carole, who runs Big Cat Rescue in Florida, has taken exception the portrayal of her former husband, Don Lewis', disappearance, which remains unexplained to this day.

Tiger King explores rumours that Carole murdered him and fed him to her tigers in order to get her hands on his fortune.

It even led to reality star Kim Kardashian wondering whether she really did it, tweeting: "Wow the amount of texts I've gotten about Tiger King since I tweeted about it all have mentioned their belief that Carol killed her husband! What are your thoughts? Do you think Carol killed him?"


Now, in a lengthy post to her Big Cat blog, Carole said she was 'disappointed' by the 'salacious lies' reported in the film.

She wrote: "Lies in Netflix Tiger King regarding disappearance of Don Lewis.

"When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive.

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.

"As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago."

She added: "The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims," she added. "They did not care about truth. The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers."

If the name 'Joe Exotic' rings a bell, it may be from Louis Theroux's 2011 documentary America's Most Dangerous Pets.

This new documentary goes much deeper than Louis' one-off, however, with exclusive interviews and footage of the zookeeper, chronicling his dark and twisted feud with Carole.

Those who have already made their way through all seven episodes of the series have been blown away, with many saying it is the 'craziest thing' they have ever seen.

Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: "Tiger King on Netflix is bats*** crazy and I love every second of it."

While a second commented: "Tiger King is the craziest s*** I have ever seen. How can any part of this actually of happened and how is it still happening?!"

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to watch now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Interesting, US Entertainment, Netflix, Weird