Bill Maher Compares ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic to Darth Vader

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tiger King : Joe Exotic

Ever since Tiger King premiered on Netflix, it’s change into considerably of a cultural phenomenon. It is centered round Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, an Oklahoma zookeeper who employed a hitman to kill his rival, Carole Baskin. On his HBO discuss present, Bill Maher questioned the collection reputation and in contrast Maldonado-Passage to Darth Vader. 

Tiger King : Joe Exotic
Joe Exotic | Netflix

‘Tiger King’ follows Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s journey to jail

The Netflix docuseries is centered round Maldonado-Passage and his G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. It follows the weird occasions that led the zookeeper to commit the crimes that landed him in jail.

Maldonado-Passage was in a long-running feud with Carole Baskin, the founding father of Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Because she believed the zookeeper was breeding his tigers, lions, and different large cats for revenue, Baskin turned an outspoken critic.

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Eventually, Maldonado-Passage employed two hitmen to kill Baskin. One of the hitmen was an spy. And after the opposite employed hitman, Allen Glover, testified in opposition to him, Maldonado-Passage was arrested and charged.  

The ‘Tiger King’ star went to jail for a couple of crime

The murder-for-hire scheme led to Maldonado-Passage’s arrest, however he was really charged with extra than simply that crime. In reality, the zookeeper was charged, convicted, and sentenced on 19 completely different prison counts. 

He could have claimed to respect his animals, however Maldonado-Passage was convicted on 9 counts of animal endangerment. According to the U.S Department of Justice, throughout his trial, “the jury heard evidence that Maldonado-Passage personally shot and killed five tigers in October 2017, without a veterinarian present and in violation of the Endangered Species Act.”

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Tiger King | Netflix

Maldonado-Passage was additionally convicted of violating the Lacey Act. As outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice, he falsified data of his wildlife transactions and “designated on delivery forms and Certificates of Veterinary Inspection that tigers, lions, and a baby lemur were being donated to the recipient or transported for exhibition only when he knew they were being sold in interstate commerce.”

Bill Maher compares Maldonado-Passage to Darth Vader

On the April 25 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher questioned the recognition of Tiger King. Referring to the present coronavirus pandemic and the moist markets it originated from, Maher identified how harmful Maldonado-Passage’s mistreatment of animals was. 

“Torturing animals is what got us into this mess,” Maher stated. “That’s the lesson we keep refusing to learn, that you can’t trash the environment, including animals, and not have it come back and kill you.”

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He then in contrast Maldonado-Passage to Darth Vader and questioned why the “woke” left isn’t extra outraged by his actions. “I don’t care that he sees the light at the end…so did Darth Vader,” he stated.

“There’s no such thing as keeping a wild animal pent up, but treating them ‘well.’ — Joe Exotic is in prison partly for killing five endangered tigers, which are endangered because of people like him. I don’t get why the woke left loves this show so much and isn’t on this guy like pink sequins.”

Maher, who’s a vocal advocate for animal rights, concluded the phase by suggesting folks take their “meandering outrage” and focus it on the problem of animal endangerment. “You keep animals in a cage, be they tiger or turkeys, look who winds up being the prisoner.”

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