In ‘Tiger King,’ White Victimhood Rears Its Ugly Head

I grew up near the Big Cat Rescue, and these people are more than comedy fodder

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Baskin weaponizes this appearance of an innocent and fragile white womanhood against accusations that she may have had a role in the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.

Joe Exotic is given a “Florida Man” treatment in the series and by the media: a troubled figure made into a national punchline — an avatar for the crazy things white people can get away with who welcomes the documentary and audience’s voyeuristic gaze.

Film Writer for NYT @Watching, former @USCAnnenberg grad fellow, critic, feminist, binder, NAHJ member & sci-fi geek.

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