The former Oklahoma wildlife park owner is currently serving 22 years in federal prison.
Less than two weeks ago, Netflix added Tiger King to its library. The seven-episode documentary series follows Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage or Joe Exotic. For nearly ten years, he owned and operated a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He staged shows at fairs and shopping malls while streaming an online reality show from the zoo.
After the show’s surge in popularity, controversy soon followed. On Tuesday, footage surfaced of Joe Exotic asking why he, a white man, couldn’t use the n-word.
Ummm so I found this earlier today… pic.twitter.com/gd3kBsq6d0
— Terry Jane Paul (@InThierry) March 31, 2020
“What’s going on in this country?” he asked, flanked by two tigers. “It’s absolutely pathetic. I can’t say the n-word but you can get on YouTube and watch any black man’s video and they’re calling each other the n-word. What the hell?” Watch the full video above.
After initially tweeting her support for Exotic, Cardi B rescinded after viewing the footage. “Feed him to the lions immediately,” she tweeted. Texas legend Bun B–who experienced a racist incident just last week–concurred. “No Joe,” he captioned the footage with on Instagram, “You’re pathetic. Later for this clown.”
Maldonado-Passage is currently serving 22 years in federal prison due to murder-for-hire charges. He conspired to murder one of his biggest critics, Carole Baskin. Over the years, Joe Exotic claimed that Baskin was responsible for the disappearance of her husband Jack Donald Lewis.
After the show became popular, Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff Chad Chronister re-opened the case of Lewis’ disappearance. On Monday, he asked the public for new leads regarding the case. Chronister confirmed that during the initial investigation, Baskin’s attorney told her to refuse a polygraph test.