News from the Natural World: More people are concerned about Joe Exotic from Tiger King than actual Tigers.
The new Netflix show Tiger King has gone viral. People all over the world have tuned in during the Coronavirus Lockdown to watch the titular character, Joe Exotic, and his mad world of intrigue, big cats and drama. Netflix released viewings figures that show it is their 3rd most viewed show after The Witcher and Stranger Things. Following up their viewer figures they also released a new report which showed that 89% of people were more concerned about Joe Exotic rather than the actual Tigers.
More people concerned about Joe Exotic than actual tigers in Tiger King
Directors, Producers and Viewers all forgot about the reality of the graphic scenes of animal cruelty, extortion and negligence.
The show reveals that there are more tigers in captivity in the USA than there are in the wild. That’s right, just let that sink in for a moment. There are currently more tigers in the USA than in the wild. An estimated 3,900 tigers remain in the wild, whilst there are over 10,000 in the USA. In some areas, including much of Southeast Asia, tigers are still in crisis and declining in number. They have been captured from their wild habitat, destroyed, inbred and humiliated so that people can watch a weird narcissistic redneck run around a series on Netflix. In what world is it right that there are 5 times as many tigers in captivity than in the wild.
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Viewers, directors and producers of the show gradually forgot that they were watching severe scenes of animal cruelty and exploitation. They became numb to the reality of the horrific life endured by the tigers. Over 89% were far more concerned with Joe Exotic and whether he was a “good guy” and whether he really did love the tigers. This was despite graphic images of horrendous animal cruelty being shown throughout the program. In one clip Joe Exotic is seen stealing a 1 day old tiger cub from its mother and dragging it underneath the metal wiring of its cage. In another he admits to shooting and killing many of the tigers when they get too old for breeding.
But viewers didn’t care. More people have tuned in to watch the documentary than have ever donated to help save tigers in the world. Despite this obvious hypocrisy Netflix has defended the show. Critics argued that the title was misleading and that the show should be renamed “Tiger Abuser” rather than the grandiose “Tiger King”. They should also answer the question “Why are there any Tigers in the USA?”. They are non-native and they have never lived there. What is the justification? They were stolen from the wild to be put in zoos for Netflix series? Netflix responed;
“Shut up and watch the damn program! You think we give a shit about animal cruelty. VIEWERS. GIVE US VIEWERS!”
The world should have been shocked by the fact that the USA allows the sale and ownership of tigers. But instead, they were more concerned about whether Joe Exotic was guilty or what “that lady had killed her husband?”.
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