Jillene’s Blog: Tiger King Encounter
Written by Jillene on March 30, 2020
Now’s the time to do some serious binge-watching… and Netflix has given us everything we ever could have dreamed of in a series, and then some.
I started seeing posts on social media about “Tiger King” a little over a week ago. I got curious, but since I cancelled my Netflix subscription when they took “Friends” off, I couldn’t watch it right away. After borrowing my brother & sister-in-laws password, I had some time this weekend… and finally dove right in.
Episode one had me hooked. Every episode ended — and had me wanting more. I ended up watching half the series on Saturday and finishing the rest on Sunday.
Oh, did I mention that I’ve met the Tiger King? Yeah… the story goes: I worked at a country radio station in Davenport, Iowa from 2010-2015. Every year that I was there, so was Joe Exotic — at our county fair, with his tiger shows. I never went to a show, but in 2014, I saw him walking around the fair at night… and snapped a quick picture with him. The picture (below) is 100% real. No photo-shop. It’s classic Joe Exotic too, with the mullet, handcuffs attached to his belt, and if you look closely enough, you’ll see part of a tiger tattoo on his chest.
The interaction with him didn’t last long. What I do remember most from his fair appearances, was the huge number of complaints the fair got about him. For a couple years, I ran the fair’s Facebook page and combed through hundreds of posts complaining about him — none of the other animal acts — every single day. Could it have been Carole Baskin’s influence? I guess we’ll never know…
If you haven’t watched “Tiger King” yet, do yourself a favor and binge it all! Let me know what you think when you watch it… email me at Jillene@magic98.com or find me on Facebook — where you’ll see the most popular Facebook post of my career. Who would have thought this picture would have gotten the attention of so many people? (Insert laughing emoji here.)
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