‘Tiger King’ Directors Say the Series Was Meant to Reveal the ‘Horrible Suffering and Exploitation’ of Animals, Not Make ‘Joe Exotic’ a Star

by Jeremy Spirogis
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There are lots of discussions about Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness circulating. The Netflix seven-part docuseries explored the world of unique pet possession in America. The intent was to reveal the hidden cruelties and ironies of holding an in any other case extinct tiger subspecies in captivity. Directors, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, not too long ago revealed their true intentions. Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with lending Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) notoriety or “sensationalizing” Carole Baskin.

Directors of ‘Tiger King’ share their unique imaginative and prescient for the collection

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Directors of Tiger King, Eric Goode, and Rebecca Chaiklin couldn’t have recognized their Netflix docuseries would disrupt the nation. With the numerous opinions on the content material in Tiger King, Goode and Chaiklin have perception into their unique intent.

“We wanted to tell the story, but at the end have the takeaway be that there was horrible suffering and exploitation of these cats,” Goode instructed Washington Post.

“I think you’re going to see as time goes by that it is going to be very positive that so many people saw the series, and it will hopefully make real change.”

“He continued: The reason I wanted to start filming more formally and a bit more professionally was that I wanted to expose the world. I was fascinated with it, both from the standpoint of what was going on with exotic animals and the pathology of the people involved.”

Chailkin echoed Goode’s ideas saying they needed to inform a narrative from folks instantly concerned, “as opposed to activists.” As far as how they coated the ins and outs of what goes on in these zoos, Goode mentioned they didn’t wish to “completely bum people out.”

“But at the same time, making it hopefully clear that this was a horrible practice,” he mentioned.

The administrators defined how troublesome it will’ve been to “weave” narratives from conservation biologists. They might’ve defined “genetics, bottlenecks, inbreeding, and congenital points.

However, Chailkin needed to depart viewers with the message that, “Wild animals do not belong in captivity,” and that “the cub-petting that people engage in at malls and fairs across America is actually a cruel practice.”

Goode mentioned one tiger subspecies can solely be present in captivity and doesn’t exist within the wild anymore.

“The reality of our world today is not every species can be left in the wild,” he mentioned.

Here’s why ‘Tiger King’ works, of their opinion

The collection has acquired lots of reward, however an equal quantity of criticism. Tiger King, in line with many, is so weird, you overlook that it’s actual life and there are actual animals’ lives at stake.

“If you would pitch this story to anyone in Hollywood as a scripted series, they would have thrown it back in your face and said this is just not believable,” Goode mentioned. “How could you possibly have these characters and all of these things happening in one story? But reality sometimes is stranger than fiction.”

Chailkin continued: “These characters are just exceptionally colorful, and they are who they are, and they’re uninhibited in their eccentricities. The lead characters all are sort of the kingpins or the cult leaders or the Tiger Kings or Queens of their world. And I think that’s interesting to people.”

How did the administrators get Maldonado-Passage and Baskin on board with the mission?

With how absurd a few of Tiger King presents itself, you would possibly marvel how Goode and Chailkin managed to persuade the important thing gamers to participate. Goode defined that Baskin first instructed her model of cat exploitation which led them to Maldonado-Passage.

“He and Carole both were easy to access, and they’re open books, and they wanted the attention,” he mentioned. “Frankly, I felt that [Myrtle Beach Safari owner] Doc Antle was as interesting, and certainly more frightening. But it didn’t become a central story about Joe until the war was mostly between Carole and Joe.”

He added that he obtained Antle on board via folks he knew, that knew Antle, for an introduction.

Goode doesn’t purchase that ‘Joe Exotic is a modified man

One factor Goode and Chailkin appear to agree on is that they by no means meant on making “Joe Exotic” a star. Goode doesn’t consider Maldonado-Passage beloved his animals. He referred to the zoo as “extreme animal hoarding.” He additionally doesn’t consider the zookeeper modified his methods regardless of a latest interview through Netlfix from his jail cell.

“There’s a lot of crocodile tears — Joe tells people what they want to hear. But he was monetizing these animals. He didn’t care who he sold them to. He was exploiting them. And you cannot love 230 tigers. It’s absurd to think that he loved each and every one of his animals. He was making money off of them,” he mentioned.

Regardless of whether or not Goode and Chaiklin produced the model of Tiger King they meant to, viewers can make up their very own minds about Maldonado-Passage’s or Baskin’s guilt, and the way these animals ought to’ve been handled all alongside.

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