Halloween is still almost six months away, but Tiger King fans can already reserve a Joe Exotic costume.
PETA, the animal rights organization, has a ‘Joe Exotic Tiger Killer Costumeonline, for a whopping $ 159.99.
The costume, which can be reserved and ships before July 31, includes an orange prison suit, a blonde wig, and a fluffy stuffed tiger.
Get Ready: PETA, the animal rights organization, debuted a ‘Joe Exotic Tiger Killer Costume’ online for a whopping $ 159.99
PETA is clearly not a fan of Joe’s and rushed to get the costume ready for dedicated Halloween retailers.
In the item’s description, the organization objects to the slight, amused way in which some viewers viewed the documentary, emphasizing that Joe – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – has been found guilty of crimes.
Netflix focus series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness obscured Joe Exotic’s cruelty to animals, but PETA’s parody Halloween costume makes it clear that ‘Mr. Mullet “hears behind bars, where he can no longer harm a tuft of fur on an animal’s head,” the site reads.
“We hope everyone goes out on Halloween, so this one-of-a-kind costume can now be reserved,” it continues.
“It contains everything you need to portray the infamous tiger abuser: a blonde wig, a mustache, prisons, a plush bouncing tiger, and an orange jumpsuit with the more aptly named ‘Tiger Killer’ on the front.”
Not a fan: PETA says: ‘Mr Mullet belongs behind bars, where he can no longer harm a tuft of fur on an animal’s head’
PETA suggests washing the polyester and cotton suit with a cruelty-free detergent.
A spokesperson further struck Joe in his statement Orlando Weekly.
“Tiger King has exposed tiger exhibitors as ghosts who steal cubs from their mothers, use them as live photo props, and then often throw them out or kill them as they grow up,” said PETA Foundation director of captive law enforcement Brittany Peet.
“This Halloween, PETA will play a joke with a tiger killer who is behind bars where he can no longer damage hair on an animal’s head.”
Earlier this year, Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a lease on the murder of Carole Baskin, killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs, and breaking animal records.
Dress up time! Social media users took the ‘Tiger King Challenge’ when the docu series debuted
They dressed as Joe Exotic from the Netflix docu series Tiger King
Lookalikes: They replicated Joe’s over-the-top style – and, of course, used cats as props
Ready to go! Several of the same accessories surfaced from photo to photo, such as trucker hats
Everyone is watching! The seven-episode series has proved incredibly popular since its release on March 20
When Netflix’s docu series debuted in March, it immediately became a hit – and fans quickly began recreating 56-year-old Joe’s look.
On Instagram, dozens participated in the ‘Tiger King Challenge’, posting photos and videos of herself dressing and acting like Joe Exotic himself, complete with facial hair, tattoos, leopard print and trucker hats.
They also used props, employing plush toys, real pets, and even humans to impersonate Joe’s tigers.
A few also dressed up as Joe’s rival, Carole Baskin.
One thing is for sure: Whether people are celebrating Halloween from home in October, Joe Exotic themed costumes are sure to be a favorite.
All chracaters! Both men and women both dressed as Joe – although he also tried to dress like Carole Baskin
Dress up! Halloween is months away, but it seems like a lot of people already have their costumes ready
Playing Favorites: Some do their best Carole Baskin impressions
Wait a second! Some people even dressed their dogs as tigers
Dress Up For Pets: This guy’s dog doesn’t look excited to play a lion, but he looks used to it too
Who is Joe Exotic from Netflix’s popular docu series Tiger King?
Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, 56, is also known by the nickname ‘Joe Exotic’ and is the subject of Netflix’s new documentary Tiger King.
He once owned the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Known for his colorful personality, in 2016 he ran as a writing candidate for president, even appearing on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight to promote himself.
They do: Joe had a three-way marriage to Travis Moldonado and John Finlay in 2014; he was married to a total of five men
In 2017, he ran for the Governor of Oklahoma as a libertarian candidate.
Joe was married a total of four times, with a total of five men.
His longest marriage was from 1986 to 2001 with Brian Rhyne, followed by his union with J. C. Hartpence.
He then had a three-way marriage to Travis Moldonado and John Finlay in 2014, but in 2017, a then 23-year-old Moldonado died after authorities said he accidentally shot himself in the head.
His last marriage was in December 2017 to Dillon Passage and they were together when Joe was arrested in 2018.
Guilty: In January of this year, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder lease
In April of 2019, Joe was found guilty of a murder-for-rent plot aimed at Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.
The jury heard evidence that he paid a man $ 3,000 to travel to Florida to kill Baskin, promising to pay more after she died. He was upset that Baskin, an outspoken critic of his, had won a million-dollar civil sentence against him.
After his first attempt was unsuccessful, he offered $ 10,000 to an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin at a meeting that was taped and played on the jury. In the recording, he said to the officer, “Just like following her to a parking lot in a mall and just covering her up and driving off.”
Joe was also convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying nature records.
In January this year, he was sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment.
After the sentence, he issued a statement via Facebook stating that he intended to appeal.
He said, “I still maintain my innocence and look forward to my lawyers filing my objection in the coming days and moving on to the next step in this nightmare.”