Tiger King directors brand Joe Exotic 'categorical racist'

Joe Exotic is ‘categorically racist’ and ‘unsettling’ examples of his bigotry were left out of the show, the directors of Netflix’s Tiger King claim

  • Joe Exotic is the star of Netflix’s new hit series Tiger King filmed in Oklahoma
  • He is currently serving 22 years for a murder-for-hire plot and animal abuse 
  • The show’s directors have branded him a ‘categorical racist’ and said they omitted many of his ‘unsettling’  tirades from the series 

The directors of Netflix’s Tiger King series claim Joe Exotic is ‘categorically racist’ after a clip emerged of him ranting about not being allowed to use the n-word. 

Joe, 57, was filmed mouthing off in a bizarre clip about a perceived injustice in not being able to use the racial slur while black rappers can use the racist insult in their music. 

Joe – born Joseph Maldonado-Passage – is currently serving 22 years for 17 counts of animal abuse and a murder-for-hire plot of his arch-nemesis Carole Baskin, a big-cat campaigner from Tampa, Florida. 

Directors of Tiger King, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, have confirmed Joe is a  ‘categorical racist’.  

Joe Exotic made the comments in a bizarre 13-minute video, where he questioned why white people in the US can’t say the n-word

They decided to leave many examples of his bigotry out of the show because they deemed it irrelevant to the story. 

Chaiklin told The Hollywood Reporter : ‘Joe is a racist, I would say categorically. He said things when we were filming that were very unsettling.’

When asked why the scenes were left out, she said: ‘They didn’t have a context in the story, but he has a lot to learn. 

‘I think most of it was ignorance and not having a lot of exposure, and I think he even evolved over the course of the time that we filmed.’ 

In the original video, which is titled ‘Message to Donald Trump Day 29’, he starts the rant: ‘I can’t say the n-word?’

‘But you can get on Youtube and watch any black man’s rap video and they’re calling each other the n-word.

‘What the hell? Is this discrimination? I’m white and I can’t say the n-word and they can?’

‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic is pictured in an undated photograph with one of the tigers at his park in Oklahoma. A primary focus of the seven-part documentary series was the vengeful grudge between Exotic and animal rights campaigner Carole Baskin 

Pictured: A still from the Tiger King documentary showing Carole Baskin, the arch nemesis of Joe Exotic, animal rights campaigner and CEO of Big Cats Rescue

He then continues his tirade but refocusing on the Department of Agriculture. The video is 13 minutes long and includes Joe airing his grievances at various leaders and departments in American politics and society.      

In an earlier interview, Goode noted that he, and viewers, have a certain degree of sympathy for Joe. 

To the Hollywood Reporter, Goode sought to remind Joe’s new fans of his previous actions, which he described as ‘cruel’.  

‘We had empathy for Joe, but Joe did a lot of horrible things,’ he said. 

‘Joe committed some really serious crimes and Joe was not only cruel and inhumane to his animals, he was cruel to the people around him.’  

On Thursday, Joe was removed from precautionary coronavirus isolation and transferred to a prison medical center.

The 57-year-old former zookeeper is currently receiving care at the Federal Bureau of Prisons-operated Federal Medical Center Forth Worth in Texas, according to inmate records obtained by the New York Post.

This file photo provided by the Santa Rosa County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic.’ Maldonado-Passage was convicted in an unsuccessful murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, who he has repeatedly accused of killing her husband Jack ‘Don’ Lewis

According to Joe’s fourth husband Dillon Passage, 24, Exotic was being held in isolation at the Grady County Jail in Chickasha, Oklahoma due to his previous jail having had COVID-19 cases.

A Grady County Jail staff member revealed via phone that Joe was ‘no longer here at this facility’ and that the facility itself has ‘no comment’ on the matter.  

Passage, during an interview with Andy Cohen last Friday, revealed that Exotic was in a ’14-day coronavirus quarantine in jail’ and had not yet seen the seven-part series based on his dramatic downfall.

But, even without having watched a single scene of the Netflix docu-series, Passage said the attention alone had made Joe an instant fan. 

‘Joe’s the type of person, he loves the attention obviously,’ he explained to Cohen during his SiriusXM show.

Passage continued: ‘Any kind of fame or spotlight that he has, it was greatly appreciated.’

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness entered Netflix’s queue on March 20, was met with immediate popularity, and continues to sit at number one.

The day prior to the docu-series’ premiere date, Exotic filed a lawsuit against the federal government and asked president Donald Trump for an official pardon, according to New York Post. 

Specifically, the Oklahoma native wants Trump to pardon his murder-for-hire conviction, as well as his Endangered Species Act violations.

The lawsuit, announced on Joe’s Facebook page, ‘is demanding a combined $94 million from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.’

Joe wrote of his lawsuit: ‘This lawsuit has been filed in the name of Justice, The Trump Administration must be made aware of the Overreach, perjury, abuse of power and the failure to uphold the Oath of their position which is truth and Justice for all.’       

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