One of the filmmakers behind the latest Netflix craze ‘Tiger King’ says he’s troubled that some viewers, including rapper Cardi B, have called for the release of the main character of the documentary series, Joe Exotic, who is serving a prison sentence of 22 years in federal prison for a hit murder.
The seven-part documentary about true crime that has taken quarantine-bound America by storm, follows the exploits of the eccentric tiger breeder Joe Exotic, born Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who operated an exotic animal park in Oklahoma.
Maldonado-Passage was convicted of hiring an undercover FBI agent to murder his longtime rival, animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
Tiger King director Eric Goode expressed concern that some viewers, including celebrities, were getting out of his Netflix docu series feeling that the protagonist Joseph Maldonado-Passage should be freed from federal prison
Rapper Cardi B was sympathetic to Joe Exotic’s condition and vowed to start a GoFundMe to help free the trapped big cat breeder
The mind-boggling series, dubbed ‘off the rails’ and ‘the craziest shows’ they’ve ever seen by Twitter users, has won countless fans, including Bodak Yellow singer Cardi B, who tweeted last week that she intended a GoFundMe account to free Maldonado-Passage from prison by writing ‘he will be free’.
Eric Goode, one of the directors of the streaming service’s sensation, was interviewed remotely Good morning America on Monday and pressed people’s reactions to ‘Tiger King’.
“I am a little concerned that people who have seen the series walked away feeling that Joe should be released from prison,” he said.
Meanwhile, Goode and his partner, Rebecca Chaiklin, have received sharp criticism from Maldonado-Passage’s potential victim, Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin and her third husband, Howard Baskin, who have accused the filmmakers of insinuating that Carole may have played a role in the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.
Maldonado-Passage’s intended target, animal rights activist Carole Baskin (left), has objected to her portrayal on the show, refuting a theory documented in the docu series that she had something to do with her second husband’s disappearance , Don in 1997. Lewis (right)
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister tweeted a message this morning that addresses the public for information about the disappearance of Don Lewis’s cold case
The docu series brings a theory that stems from a rumor that has been circulating for years, according to which Carole chopped up her husband, put his remains through a meat grinder and gave them to the big cats in her rescue center in Tampa, Florida.
Carole has vehemently denied any involvement in Lewis’ disappearance, calling the meat grinder theory “ the most ridiculous of all lies. ”
Her third husband, Howard, was interviewed about GMA and accused the filmmakers of misleading them.
Howard Baskin, Carole’s third husband, hit the directors of the ‘Tiger King’ series as ‘the greatest scam artists of all’
“In my opinion, the biggest scammers of all of them were Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin,” he said, “I believe they have no integrity, don’t care about the animals, and clearly, clearly not about the truth.”
Chaiklin was reluctant to respond to Howard Baskin’s claims, saying that Carole and Howard deserve praise for their work as animal rights activists.
Don Lewis’s body has never been recovered and the investigation into his disappearance in August 1997 remains open.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister took advantage of the hype of the Netflix hit show and tweeted a message this morning that addressed the public for information about the missing man.
“ Since @netflix and # Covid19 #Quarantine #TigerKing made all the rage, I thought it was a good time to ask for new leads. #CaroleBaskin #DonLewis #Netflix #Tiger #BigCatRescue #JoeExotic #TigerKingNetflix #HCSO ‘, he wrote.