According to multiple reports, “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin is not pleased with how she was portrayed in the hit Netflix series.
Elle reports Carole Baskin. Carole Baskin. CAROLE BASKIN. If you’ve watched Tiger King, you’ve spent at least 30 minutes thinking about this woman, whether she fed her her husband to the tigers (as Joe Exotic alleged), and the moral compasses of everyone featured on this show.
No matter your opinion about Baskin, she wants fans of the show to know she is not happy with how she was portrayed. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, her first since the Netflix series aired, Baskin, who identifies as an animal-rights activist, said she thinks people misunderstood the message she was trying to get across in the series.
“I just feel so angry that people have totally missed the point,” she said. “And the point is these cubs are being abused and exploited and the public is enabling that.”
No matter your Tiger King opinions, things have gotten pretty seriously scary for Baskin since the series aired. Baskin said that, since the Netflix show aired, she’s afraid to leave her home because of the death threats she has received. She added that she’s seen drones flying over her home and that a doorbell camera has taken photos of as many as 30 people in one day at the gates of her business, Big Cat Rescue.
Baskin added that she was told the story of her former husband Don Lewis’s mysterious 1997 death was only going to be used as background context for the series. She feels it was used for the main angle for the series.
While a #FreeJoeExotic hashtag went viral following the premiere of the series, animal-rights activists say the show only portrays part of how poorly animals are treated at private zoos.
“Things are a lot worse than what was portrayed in the Netflix series,” Debbie Leahy, senior strategist of captive wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States, told the Tampa Bay Times.
Per Yahoo, Carole Baskin and her husband have accused Tiger King producers of “betrayal” in their first interview since Netflix released the show.
The animal rights activist, whose rivalry with controversial figure Joe Exotic comprises a large chunk of the docuseries, has said she’s received several death threats from strangers who have somehow discovered her phone number.
Baskin, who is known locally to rush to the aide of injured animals, says she has received many prank calls from people she believes could be trying to do her harm, and is now unable to ride her bike to work.
“There’s almost no way to describe the intensity of the feeling of betrayal,” Howard Baskin told Tampa Bay Times, with Carole revealing she trusted the makers because of their history working in animal protection.
However, it was to Baskin’s surprise that an entire episode focused on the case of her ex-husband Don Lewis and Exotic’s allegation that Baskin killed and fed him to her tigers.
The theory has become to centre of Twitter jokes and memes, which Baskin said concerns her.
“[Viewers] saw those cubs being dragged away from their mother. Where are those memes? Where are those comments?”
Tiger King co-producer Eric Goode responded to Baskin’s earlier criticism, by telling Los Angeles Times: “Carole talked about her personal life, her childhood, abuse from her first and second husband, the disappearance of her ex, Don Lewis. … She certainly wasn’t coerced.”