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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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TikTok And Netflix Celebrate ‘Tiger King’ Anniversary With Drag Queen Musical

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TikTok And Netflix Celebrate ‘Tiger King’ Anniversary With Drag Queen Musical

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It was over a year ago when Tiger King was unleashed upon all of our quiet, unsuspecting “two-week” quarantines. Little did we know at the time that the now hit TV show would be just one of many that we binged watch over the course of our new normal.

To celebrate the show’s one year anniversary, Netflix is spoiling all of us with even more Tiger King content, in the best way possible. They’re throwing a bunch of drag queens into the mix. They will bring us a live TikTok drag-queen musical adaptation starring RuPaul’s Drag Race alums. And the Internet is gagging!

Netflix is giving new life to the hit TV show Tiger King in the best way possible!

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the documentary series that took a far more innocent pre-Covid world by storm, Netflix is upping the ridiculous to an even more extreme level.

While based on true events, Tiger King captured our imaginations by its larger-than-life real characters, over-the-top (again real) storylines and insane twists and turns. So who better to bring such a bold and brash story to life again than some of the world’s most popular drag queens?!

In what may be the most ridiculous announcement of the new year, Vulture was first to report the anniversary announcement of a live staged production of the docuseries’ story, or at least something related to it.

Honestly, they’ve got one of the queens taking on the role of “The Tiger,” so we don’t really know what to expect. Except that we full expect it to be glorious.

The drag queen cast is full of talent and won’t disappoint.

“The Tiger Queens: The Tiger King Musical Live” is being described as a TikTok musical and stars “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alums in all of its key roles — did we mention the tiger? — including Willam as Joe Exotic, Kim Chi as Carole Baskin and Heidi N. Closet taking on what has to be the hardest role, “The Tiger.”

But we suspect the reigning Miss Congeniality, from the most recent cycle of the long-running competition series, will be just purrific in the role. Willam was ousted from Season 4, but has gone on to actual acting gigs on projects as big as “A Star Is Born.” Chi made it to finalist on Season 8.

“Tiger Queens” will stream live on Netflix’s TikTok account on Sunday, March 28, so you have a few days left to mentally prepare yourself.

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Netflix Has Released Data On Its Top Shows And You Might Be Surprised By The Numbers

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Netflix Has Released Data On Its Top Shows And You Might Be Surprised By The Numbers

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The last twelve months have been hugely depressing for society, we confront an international health crisis and political chaos. Meanwhile, Netflix has come to the fore as the way we socialize and source entertainment took a major turn.

With millions around the world forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, streaming platforms became the new normal as cinemas and movie theatres were forced to close their doors. While Netflix is not well known for releasing specific data about their growth, it was confirmed that the company managed to gain as many as 16 million new customers throughout the first three months of 2020 alone.

With larger numbers surely following through the year, Netflix has raised the quality of its content. With a larger desire to create original content, Netflix has released a number of in-house made TV series, mini-series, feature films and documentaries alongside its inclusion of past classics.

Netflix has teased data about its most-streamed content ever.

With that in mind, here are the five Netflix original series to land the biggest launches on the streaming platform, based on the first four weeks’ viewership numbers previously released by the company.

Tiger King – 64 million

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” the viral eight-episode documentary series about breeders of big cats, inspired over 64 million people to tune in for at least two minutes, based on Netflix’s metrics, when the show debuted in March.

Stranger Things – 64 million

The third season of the hit sci-fi series premiered in July 2019 and quickly became the show’s most-watched season debut, with over 64 million people tuning in within four weeks of the season becoming available to stream, Netflix said.

La Casa de Papel – 65 million

The fourth season of the foreign crime drama (known as “La Casa de Papel” in Spain), about thieves attempting to rob the Royal Mint of Spain, premiered on Netflix in April and the company said that 65 million households checked out the season.

Lupin – 70 million

The show has been well-received by viewers and critics, as it currently sports a 93% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. “Lupin” is Netflix’s most successful original series to come out of France, but it is also found an audience around the world, with Variety reporting that the series has the top spot in Netflix’s Top 10 rankings in multiple countries, including Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Philippines and Sweden.

The Witcher – 76 million

After eight-episode series “The Witcher” debuted in December 2019, Netflix touted the fantasy epic as “our biggest season one TV series ever” in a letter to shareholders, with 76 million households tuning in for at least two minutes of the show within the first four weeks.

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