As you may or may not know, Netflix recently released a new documentary series, called Tiger King. It’s been #1 on the Netflix trending page for weeks already. However, it isn’t just the content in the show that has everyone talking. It’s the memes that people have been posting all over social media.
If you haven’t seen the show, I suggest watching it, or at least, watching an overview of the series before continuing to read on.
Now, sit down, turn off the news for a few minutes, and enjoy some of my top pick Tiger King memes.
- Guess Who – The Carole Baskin Version
Whoever created this one is an absolute genius. If you’re in your early teens, or you’re unfamiliar with the board game, “Guess Who”, it’s a two person game. The objective is for one player to choose a character on their board, and for the opposing player to guess physical features/traits until they guess the right character. In this meme, someone inserted Joe Exotic as the player, and a small version of Carole Baskin as the character. The purpose of the “Does she look like a b*tch?” quote, has to do with Exotic’s description of Baskin. During the series, he would never call her by her name. Rather, he would call her, “That b*tch, Carole Baskin.”
2. The Wheel of Carole Baskin
In the infamous Wheel of Fortune game, contestants are allowed one chance to guess the full phrase if they think they know it. In this case, the meme creator made a mockery of the game, and inserted Joe Exotic as one of the contestants. The phrase? Well, I’ll have you take a guess as to what his adorable pet name for Baskin was.
3. The Infamous Bible Verse
In the Leviticus section of the Old Testament, it states that “if a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.” Well, in those days, it was common to stone people as a death sentence. In Tiger King, the audience learned that Exotic got married to 19 year old, Travis Maldonado. Maldonado wasn’t gay, but he stayed with Exotic because he provided him with all of the drugs that he could handle. Hence, the “stoned/high” reference.
4. Nice To (Expired) Meat You
This meme is exactly what it sounds like. I’m not gonna lie, I got pretty nauseous watching this part of the series. At one point, Joe starts unloading an expired food truck. The food is discounted from Walmart, and he would normally have his employees take the expired meat and feed it to the wild cats. However, come to find out that he not only fed expired meat to the cats, but he fed them to his employees as well. Exotic thought that he was being generous by letting the workers pick which meat they’d like first, and he also thought that feeding his workers homemade pizza with expired meat toppings was so “kind and thoughtful.” Well, this meme has a good point. Former G.W Zoo visitors who saw this part of the docu-series, must have questioned everything about the food that they ate there.
5. The Tiger Slide
Rapper, Drake, recently came out with a song called the “Toosie Slide”, and it’s become a popular TikTok dance. Well, someone decided to put the song as a backing track, to Exotic getting dragged by the tigers. The humorous part about it was watching Exotic get a taste of his own medicine. Plus, the song fits well with that scene. Luckily, the clip stopped right before he abused the poor tigers, though. It angered me so much, watching what succeeded the above clip.
6. Carole Baskin, The Savage
Speaking of TikTok, a new dance trend has surfaced within recent weeks, and it’s a fun dance to Megan Thee Stallion’s song, “Savage.” As of the past few days, someone decided to change up the lyrics, and create a parody of the song, relating to Carole Baskin. If you watch the above clip, you’ll hear that the song is all about how Carole Baskin murdered her ex-husband, Don Lewis, and allegedly fed him to the tigers.
7. Even The UPS Carriers Are Invested
Last, but certainly not least, there’s this infamous photo that’s circulating around the internet. It even reached famous daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. This clever homeowner was awaiting some packages, and wanted to bring some light to this whole COVID-19 scary situation. So, they printed out the question that everyone is awaiting confirmation for: Did Carole Baskin kill her husband and feed him to the big cats? Well, this UPS delivery man sure thinks so. He did leave the packages towards the “yes” answer, after all.
Although there are many other Tiger King memes, these were just a handful of my favorites. I would like to note though, that these memes are in no way meant to take away from the seriousness of this situation. At the end of the day, the docu-series contained animal abuse, the mistreatment of workers, death threats, murderers, suicide, and serious allegations.
If you have yet to watch the show, and you’d like to do so, please continue at your own discretion, and be warned that it’s not meant for everybody to watch.
Netflix has stated that they will also be dropping one more episode of the show, at some point this week. So, be sure to stay tuned for that.