Carole Baskin responds to Netflix's Tiger King

Zoe Shenton
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From Cosmopolitan

If you've been wondering what Carole Baskin thinks of Netflix's Tiger King, you've come to the right place. Animal rights activist and the founder of Big Cat Rescue has sounded off on the docuseries, and you probably won't be surprised to know she's not exactly a massive fan.

Writing about Tiger King on her blog, she slammed the show for being "salacious and sensational".

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.

Carole also criticised Tiger King for how it portrayed the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.

ICYMI, while the show itself never accuses Carole of foul play, Joe Exotic suggested she was responsible for his death (he even made a music video about it), and the documentary also includes many interviews with people who believe Carole knows more about Don's disappearance than she's letting on.

"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. They did not care about truth. The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers," she continued.

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Carole goes on to address the time leading up to Don's disappearance ("his behaviour became increasingly strange" she says), before refuting the meal grinder accusation, as well as the claims of the people Netflix interviewed. She concludes, "I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance."

Read Carole's full blog post here.

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