Netflix documentary series Tiger King follows the shocking tale of Joe Exotic and his privately-owned zoo in the US. Now, even the President of the United States has weighed in on the phenomenon when asked if he would pardon the infamous zookeeper.
Will Donald Trump pardon Joe Exotic?
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a seven-part documentary series looking into the story of Joe Exotic.
Since it was released on Netflix on March 20, viewers across the world have been hooked to the drama.
The series is mainly focused on exotic animal collector Exotic who runs the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.
The main action looks at his life, as well as his rivalry with big cat conservationist Carole Baskin who owns Big Cat Rescue.
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Trump was asked about Joe Exotic at a recent press conference
The documentary follows how Exotic began his zoo, how he ran for public office, as well as his later conviction and incarceration.
The zoo-keeper is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
This is after he was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse as well as two counts of murder-for-hire over a plot to kill Baskin.
According to Netflix, roughly 34 million unique viewers watched the documentary over the first 10 days of its release.
Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence
Joe Exotic is the centre of the series Tiger King
Now, even the President of the United States Donald Trump has responded to the series.
During Trump’s coronavirus press conference on Wednesday, April 8, New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked whether Trump would consider pardoning Exotic.
He said: “So one of the biggest rating hits of the coronavirus, aside from these briefings, has been a show on Netflix called Tiger King.
“The man who’s the star of this is a former zoo owner who’s serving a 22-year sentence. He’s asking you for a pardon, saying he was unfairly convicted.
“Your son yesterday, jokingly said he was going to advocate for it, and I was wondering if you’ve seen the show and if you have any thoughts on pardoning Joe Exotic.”
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Trump responded: “Which son? Must be Don,” in reference to his son Donald Trump Jr.
He continued: “I had a feeling it was Don. Is that what he said?
“I know nothing about it. He has 22 years for what, what did he do?”
The President then asked the reporter about what he thought about the show, joking with him.
He continued: “Do you think he didn’t do it? Are you on his side?
“Are you recommending a pardon? As a reporter, you’re not allowed to do that.”
When pushed, he then went on to tell the reporter “I’ll take a look.”
While Trump seemed to be joking, the news was met with much hilarity on Twitter.
Journalist Greg Price wrote: “Omg whoever just asked Trump about pardoning Joe Exotic is an American hero.”
“The reporter asking President Trump about Tiger King and a possible pardon for Joe Exotic is exactly the kind of quarantine content we need,” added Fox reporter Katie Pavlich.
Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis tweeted: “A reporter asking Trump if he’d consider pardoning Joe Exotic is about as 2020 as it gets.”
This all follows the news there will be a special eighth episode of Tiger King released in the next few weeks.
This was announced by Jeff Lowe who appeared in the documentary and it is thought it will be dropped on the platform in the coming days.
Tiger King is available to stream now on Netflix.