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Critter’s Brutally Honest Series Review: Tiger King

GURRL, you thought Bad Bunny’s video for “Yo Perreo Sola” was wild…

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Agarrate de las nalgas (grab onto your buns), because this Netflix series follows the story of a dude with a crusty mullet and saggy eyebrow piercing as he faces off against la madre de las crazy cat ladies in a battle for rulership of the caged-tiger kingdom in the US. This may be the novela we’ve all been waiting for — BUT nothing in MY LIFE could’ve prepared me for the level of DESMADRE this story reaches. 

Welcome to my brutally honest review of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

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I don’t wanna spill too much tea, because this show is LOADED with TEA: manzanilla, yerba buena, black tea, matcha tea. ALL👏THE👏TEAS👏 SO, to keep this “spoiler-safe” I’m only doing an overview of key people on the show. TRUST. This will be more than enough to inform your decision of whether or not you want to watch the show. 

Meet Joe Exotic, also known as “Tiger King.”

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Meet Joe Exotic, the guy who opened one of the largest exotic animal zoos in America. If you introduced this compa to your mother, she’d hit him with a brick of sage and run for her life because he’s wild. 

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Joe loves sparkles. And Joe loves giant cats. 

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He’s from Oklahoma, where apparently it’s not illegal to give yourself that haircut. The one thing to know about Joe is: he wants fame. Everyone initially writes Joe off as some kind of idiot, but this show has been trending at no. 1 and EVERYONE is talking about Joe now. So who is the real dummy here?

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But, is Joe stupid?

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I’d rather not say. Is Joe arrogant? Definitely. Joe makes a ton of decisions that, for me, are guided by his ego and fantasy of becoming a MEGA-STAR. He can’t just have a housecat, he NEEDS a zoo full of large tiger animals. He creates online content that doesn’t even focus on his tigers. He sets up a one-person talk show (to bash people but we’ll get to that later) and uses his tigers as his props. BUT the man wasn’t talentless. Joe Exotic — that dude can sing. He wrote his own songs, many of which actually made sense, and he even created music videos for them. Here’s one of his many country songs about tigers: I Saw a Tiger.

Unfortunately, Joe’s pride-driven choices sure get him into A LOT of caca.

Joe had two husbands:

Yep. That’s them. I know brand-wise they look right for each other, but only one of these three guys is gay. Yep. Just Joe. And Joe definitely learns about the complexities of being in a polygamist relationship with two straight men. My advice to y’all, marry one person first, see how that goes. If you still feel another spouse is absolutely necessary…

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But, the BIGGEST and most stupid decision Joe makes is when he openly threatens his rival, tiger zoo kingpin, Carole Baskin because she tries to shut Joe’s zoo down. He broadcasts himself on his internet show (multiple times) saying, “I’m gonna put a bullet between her eyes.” And his death-threat antics go much further. MUCH much further. JOE!!! Don’t do stuff like that. The views aren’t worth it, compa! Because Carole Baskin has money…y está L-O-C-A.  

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Meet Carole Baskin “The ‘El Chapo’ of Tiger People.” 

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Carole Baskin is the biological daughter of Satan. Totally kidding (in case she’s reading this). But really, Carole is someone your mother would call a mujer de dos caras. On the outside, Carole is this friendly environmentalist trying to end animal trade and she gives exotic tigers a safe habitat.

This is what that Carole looks like:

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What a sweet little viejita, right? NO! YOU ARE SOOOOO WRONG. 

By episode three of Tiger King, Carole Baskin transforms into this:

In episode three we get into a really bizarre story about her second husband “mysteriously” disappearing. There’s a lot of angles to this story. The juiciest version is that Carole fed her second husband to her tigers. NO MAMES. That’s crazy. Or is it? Carole and her second husband had a very fuchi relationship. They were toxic AF with each other. Even the way they met is something you would only see in an episode of La Rosa de Guadalupe — but it’s actually real life. So, believing that Carole fed her husband to a tiger isn’t that big of a leap. This theory kind of originated from our buddy, Joe Exotic. So…yeah, you may want to consider that. But if we were to conduct a poll on social media, it seems like 107% of people agree that Carole Baskin fed her tigers “tacos de marido.” 

This is Jeff Lowe, the “Store-Brand Kid Rock.”

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Jeff Lowe no tiene madre. Jeff Lowe is introduced in the “Third Act” of the series, after Joe Exotic, the “Tiger King,” gets into some trouble and recruits Jeff Lowe to help him. Jeff is supposed to be some sort of entrepreneur or businessman, but the dude is straight-up TRASH, in my very humble opinion. The moment Jeff Lowe shows up in the series is equivalent to the moment you’re being serenaded “Happy Birthday” and suddenly your face is buried so deep into your cake you can feel all tres leches blasted into your sinuses. Jeff Lowe is the guy who pushes the entire audience’s face into their birthday cake (because we’re all having ourselves a party and enjoying these weirdos and their broncas on TV), when suddenly this dude gives the series la mordida fatal that puts an end to EVERYTHING. 

Actual footage of Jeff Lowe putting an end to The Tiger King.

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Sorry for being vague about Jeff Lowe’s role in this. I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t seen the series. Just know that when he appears, tiger-sized sh*t hits the fan.

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So, Should You Watch Tiger King?

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What kind of a stupid question is that?

You’re damn right you should watch Tiger King. This show is modern-day Shakespeare! There’s wild motivations, love triangles, vengeance, eccentric characters, and deep introspective looks into humanity. Oh, y unos kitties rete-gigantes. What more do you want? And honestly, I barely scratched the surface with this show. There’s a ton of characters and stories that will blow your mind and it’s all part of the Tiger King Cinematic universe. 

Like, we didn’t even talk about this guy:

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But don’t wait for someone to ruin it for you. See it for yourself.

Sending you all a big tiger hug. Enjoy your binge.

-Critter  

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Tiger King’s Carole Baskin Just Shaded Cardi B For Using ‘Big Cat Pimps’ For ‘WAP’ Video —”people won’t even see the cats because it is so sexually explicit”

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Tiger King’s Carole Baskin Just Shaded Cardi B For Using ‘Big Cat Pimps’ For ‘WAP’ Video —”people won’t even see the cats because it is so sexually explicit”

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Just about everyone has something to say about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s steamy “WAP” music video. The project, which dropped last week, has gained all kinds of attention and feelings. From thoughts about Kylie Jenner’s appearance to viewpoints on the outfits, just about everyone has drawn their own conclusions about “WAP”. We just weren’t expecting “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin to be one of them.

That’s right Tiger King’s Carole Baskin has seen “WAP” and the big-cat rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue ain’t happy.

When it comes to the trending music video, you can color Baskin unimpressed.

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The video, which features cameos from Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, Rosalía, and Mulatto, has a big cat and a few snakes to boot.

“My guess is that most people won’t even see the photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so sexually explicit,” Baskin said of the video in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “I was happy to see that it does appear to all be photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers.”

Despite this, Baskin says she’s not happy with Cardi or Megan’s decision to feature wild animals.

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A big cat is featured in the “WAP” music video alongside Kylie Jenner as she walks down a long hallway and notices it watching her from behind an open door.

“That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild,” Baskin explained. “It can happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it).”

Baskin went onto point out that they “probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, probably even one of the ones shown in Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, who make a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That’s never good for the cat.”

But Baskin says her big concern is that the WAP video will encourage other artists to use big cats in their own work.

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“That makes every follower of these artists, who doesn’t know better, want to imitate by doing the same,” she continued. “After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset.”

“While I think most [big cats] are destroyed behind closed gates at that point, some end up being given away to people who want to have a tiger to show off,” she added. “That never works out and the cats either die or end up dumped in sanctuaries or worse yet, breeding mills. There have been some accounts of tigers just being turned loose on communities when they no longer served as ego props. No matter how you cut it, it’s always abusive to the cat and dangerous to the public.”

Speaking about her decision to feature other artists and women in “WAP” Cardi told New Music Daily on Apple Music that she was eager to show that women can support other women.

“I feel like people be wanting to put female artists against each other. … You know what I’m saying?” Cardi explained. “Every single time I feel like there’s a female artist that’s coming up … I always see like little slick comments like, ‘Oh, they taking over your spot. They taking over this. They taking over that.’ And it just makes me feel like, damn, why it had to be like that? Because I actually like shorty music a lot. Why does it even have to be like that?”

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Critter’s Brutally Honest Review Of ‘Insecure’ And If It Deserves The Hype

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Critter’s Brutally Honest Review Of ‘Insecure’ And If It Deserves The Hype

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Welcome to my review of the HBO series, “Insecure,” the show that has given the Black community visibility, and accurate lighting, for seasons and I recently came across it and I cannot get enough. Why did I wait so long to watch this highly-praised series? This series centers around Issa, a young modern-day Black woman living in Inglewood, Calif., just trying to get her sh*t together. She’s a little weird, but good-for-TV kind of weird.

Honestly, this is Issa Rae’s world and we’re all #blessed to be living in it, mis bebés.

Here’s a photo you can print at home to build your very own Issa shrine.

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La mía tiene those little succulents in a salsa “El Pato” can, but feel free to do you. 

So, let me lay down some Queen Issa backstory. Before she exploded with her hit series “Insecure,” she wrote and starred in her own web series called: “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

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I checked it out. It’s basically “Insecure,” pero sin HBO production dollars (click here for a link to the first episode). Despite being low budget, the web series caught the attention of Pharrell Williams, el hombre ese who looks like a 20-year-old muchacho que canta “Happy.” You know the song. They play it at every wedding and all your pinche tías se alocan and awkwardly try to reformat their salsa pasos to it.

“Because I’m happy… Clap along if you feel like…” Dale tía! Your dance moves no calan, pero no le hace!

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After Pharrell posted the second season of her series on his YouTube channel, the show took off, eventually getting the attention of HBO. That’s when “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” took on its final evolutionary form.

It morphed into “Insecure,” cabrones.

Creit: Pokémon

Now, let’s jump into the series. So I don’t spoil the show and dissect every single season (because y’all got tarantulas to trade on Animal Crossing), I’ll just speak to the main characters of the show. Y si los personajes les parecen “pipiris nice,” pues a huevo.  

Meet Issa: she likes to talk to mirrors and get freaky deaky.

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Earlier when I asked if y’all ever bought chones at Rite Aid, I wasn’t trying to be a cochino. I know you thought I was. But I wasn’t. In season one, Issa gets caught underwear shopping at Rite Aid. That’s a beautiful intro to Issa. The girl is struggling and she obviously isn’t trying to earn seduction points con sus chones baratos. 

She’s been in a five-year relationship with her unmotivated man. She works for a non-profit after-school program in Inglewood and she’s insecure af. The insecurity comes mostly from frustration out of not living the life she wants to live. She’s constantly talking with a different version of herself she sees in the mirror. Mirror Issa es una chingona. She raps. She doesn’t even care about anything and she’s ready to get it. 

Mirror Issa is all the things current Issa is not. But damn, the show gets so real. Issa (the real Issa) is not afraid to show how human flaws can bring out the cringe in people. In the show, you’ll see her character do questionable things, but the truth is we have all been there, fam. Issa’s vulnerability is what makes the show incredible. It’s a very true reflection of how we are.   

Meet Lawrence: Issa’s boo who is always a step behind.

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Lawrence (played by Jay Ellis), is Issa’s long-term love interest. Lawrence’s thing is, the dude is always a step behind. Your amá would refer to him as someone “que no se pone las pilas.” When his relationship is in trouble, Lawrence doesn’t act on it. When he gets a dope app-development job, he pitches an out-dated app idea called “Woot-Woot.” I don’t wanna spoil anything, so I’ll just say the dude siempre espera que las cosas le caigan en su mano. For the record, Lawrence isn’t necessarily a bad guy, but since he’s slow to realize things he ends up having to clean up a lot of messes he could’ve avoided if the menso had just acted a little sooner. As you continue to see more of his character, you’ll realize you can’t judge Lawrence too harshly because we’ve all been a little bit of a Lawrence at one time or another.

Meet Molly: Issa’s BFF who is bothered by everything.

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Molly is a mess. Guuurrll, let me tell you. On the outside, this comadre is hella-put-together: she’s a lawyer, has a fancy apartment, she’s got a super precioso French Bulldog, you guys, no mames, es un pinche tamalito de cuteness.

Pero por dentro la doña Molly se está pudriéndo, guey. Molly’s biggest issue throughout the series is her tendency to sabotage all her relationships. Why? Because everything bothers her. 

This is my theory on Molly: she’s got a perfect set up. You can tell she put up a vision board of her dream life as a kid and she made it all happen. She probably got good grades, worked hard, y a huevo todo le salió bien. Osea, she’s kind of a chingona. BUT, I think Molly assumes acquiring the perfect man works the same way. But no. It 👏 does 👏 not 👏 work 👏 that 👏 way 👏. Although you can work your butt off and one day buy your dream car, you can’t just work your butt off and buy yourself the perfect man. Imagine walking into the tianguis and perfect men are being sold a tres por 10.” My wife would be there now making it rain $10 bills and asking if they come in extra tall and handsome. 

If you want a perfect relationship, you need to find that person willing to work to build a perfect relationship with yourself. Molly dismisses guy after guy because none of them come standard with all her preferences and ideals of a perfect man. Sorry, Molly. If you want perfection, go get you some Gucci, but don’t count on no man being everything you ever wanted right out of the box.  

Meet Kelli: my personal favorite character.

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I’ve put y’all through enough reading today, but just know that if you watch the show, Kelli is a cochina y una loca and she’s gonna make you pee yourself. She has some of the funniest moments in the show — especially the Coachella episode in season 3. Kelli is also a ride or die friend and every group of friends has a Kelli. If you don’t got a Kelli, go get yourself a Kelli.

Speaking of friendship, friendship is one of the strongest themes of the show. Besides all the pedos and drama Issa faces in the series, her girl squad is the only thing that is a constant in her life. And this is refreshing to see because we need more stories with people of color sticking together. Even though Molly goes through men as fast as I go through Flaming Hot Cheetos, and Issa has drama with her own man and work, and Kelli and Tiffany (who I did not mention in this review…but, you’ll totally understand why when you watch the series and meet Tiffany) have their own thing going, the girls always come together. The episodes where they have girls-only getaways are the realest. They unpack all their issues, and they call each other out on their issues, sin tantita pena. This show will definitely make you call up your girls to thank them…and then ask them if they’re still going out con ese sin vergüenza. 

To sum everything up nicely, should you watch “Insecure”?

Mmm-hmm. The show speaks to a generation of young people trying to grow past their own flaws and insecurities, and very few shows do this in a relatable way let alone featuring stories of people of color. Even though you’ll feel seen from the most embarrassing aspects, “Insecure” te va ser cagar de la riza. 

Oh and I almost forgot to mention the music on the show is 🔥! Click this link for the Spotify playlist. Tus nalgas me lo van a agradecer.

Enjoy the show and keep it spicy, fam. And binge it on HBO NOW while you can get a 7-day free trial.

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