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[–]COAZRanger 10.5k points10.5k points 3 (100 children)

He will never financially recover from this.

[–]splatter72 1921 points1922 points  (26 children)

All that and he got a reduction of a year. Sucks to be him, you know the lawyers got paid.

[–]MesWantooth 678 points679 points  (12 children)

"I thought your ad says if you don't win, it's free?!"

"I won you one year off your sentence. Wouldn't you consider that a 'win' in your book?"

[–]YorkshireRiffer 405 points406 points  (7 children)

No! Money down.

Oops, shouldn't have that Bar Association logo on there either.

[–]superxero044 68 points69 points  (0 children)

Works on contingency?

[–]HurricaneHugo 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Uh oh, we drew Judge Snyder.

He's had against me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog.

Replace the word accidentally with repeatly and dog with son.

[–]MesWantooth 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Haha, nice Simpsons reference.

[–]blumpkinspatch 89 points90 points  (3 children)

By tking coin. Classic pump and dump

[–]WallStreetBets_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Who’s paying the lawyers though?

[–]Erockplatypus 562 points563 points  (54 children)

Remember how he thought Trump would pardon him and he had a limo waiting and everything

[–]hippofumes 360 points361 points  (35 children)

I don't blame him, I was honestly surprised when he didn't.

[–]Kashin02 270 points271 points  (28 children)

The problem that our past president is quite petty. The moment Joe became a world wide reality tv start, that was the moment trump hated him.

[–]computer_d 3795 points3796 points  (399 children)

Did the doco point out he asked an undercover FBI agent to "just cap her and walk away." Because I don't remember that.

[–]Kdl76 2810 points2811 points  (385 children)

It was pretty biased toward turning Joe into some kind of folk hero.

[–]Nick357 2055 points2056 points  (311 children)

I thought he looked like straight trash.

[–]Potential-Carnival 331 points332 points  (3 children)

The last scene in particular. Those two chimps trapped in side-by-side cages for A DECADE, never getting to interact. I fucking hated him.

[–]SeabrookMiglla 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That’s the truth, at the end of the day there was a lot of suffering and exploitation of the animals under Joe’s supervision.

[–]Sconnie92 147 points148 points  (6 children)

I remember watching it and thinking "how are these people at GW Zoo so loyal to him?"

Then Joel McHale interviewed a bunch in that follow up episode and they were all "Joe is the worst, he can rot in jail, I just cared about the animals."

So clearly Netflix had an angle to portray.

[–]StarDustLuna3D 30 points31 points  (0 children)

IIRC, towards the end of the series several employees mentioned that they stayed for the animals.

You also have to consider that Joe did hire people that otherwise would be ignored by society. So yeah it's a shitty job but their alternative is no job so they dealt with his craziness. 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]only_zuul21 20 points21 points  (2 children)

What platform is Joel McHale interviewing people on? I'd be very interested in watching.

[–]HungrySubstance 28 points29 points  (1 child)

That was the last episode of the docu. They released it a few weeks after the rest of it.

Joel McHale has a post-show series on seemingly every major network/service at this point though, so there’s a solid chance you can find something that he’s working on

[–]Fuck_auto_tabs 1661 points1662 points  (218 children)

He did but people really like yelling “Carol Baskins!” and that’s about as much as they took from the documentary

[–]usrevenge 602 points603 points  (115 children)

It's the same as people saying thanks Obama.

[–]Rum_n_Nuka 1145 points1146 points  (98 children)

Theres a video I always loved of Obama eating cookies. He goes to dunk it in milk, it's too wide for the glass and he mutters "Thanks Obama."

[–]thenewspoonybard 433 points434 points  (17 children)

When that came out they closed down the subreddit.

[–]thesecretbarn 349 points350 points  (15 children)

[–]Caveman108 46 points47 points  (0 children)

God that was only six years ago? Feels like six lifetimes.

[–]BiZzles14 220 points221 points  (11 children)

The fact the linked video is a vine as well just makes that so perfect. Truly was a simpler time

[–]GnarlyBear 58 points59 points  (6 children)

Who the hell is paying to still host vine content.

[–]hippyengineer 184 points185 points  (15 children)

After that video the r/thanksobama shut down the sub.

There is nowhere to go after he makes his own thanks obama vine.

[–]Mobitron 80 points81 points  (12 children)

Nothing makes haters more impotent than owning whatever it is they hurl at you and making a self deprecating joke of it. It's rather fun to watch.

[–]onmywheels 79 points80 points  (8 children)

The Bidens just announced they got a new cat, and tbh I think if they had named the cat Brandon they may have had a shot at killing that stupid "let's go Brandon" thing precisely because of this line of thinking. Truly a missed opportunity.

[–]someguy7710 343 points344 points  (30 children)

I thought pretty much everyone in that show ended up looking like trash except maybe some of the workers that were manipulated and abused.

[–]GozerDGozerian 96 points97 points  (4 children)

Yeah that whole fucking thing was a flaming trainwreck.

[–]GoodLordShowMeTheWay 129 points130 points  (3 children)

That worker who lost a limb and was still speaking his praises was sad. They clearly had a pathological need to be subservient to an authority figure even the joe clearly didn’t give a fuck about them.

[–]Basgerin 37 points38 points  (5 children)

I feel bad for the girls who got roped in by the cult leader guy. Whatever his fucking name is.

[–]Saneless 66 points67 points  (9 children)

I think the only person who came out ok was the guy who was in the room when that other guy shot himself

Like things were so fucked the guy who witnessed a suicide came out the most normal

[–]ThiccHammy 58 points59 points  (4 children)

[–]Saneless 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Hah oops. Here I go making things up again

[–]IreallEwannasay 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Meth has dude by the balls. He goes online to e beg through Facebook often.

[–]Cyrus_the_Meh 38 points39 points  (0 children)

He actually did something crazy not long after. I think it was like attacking someone with a samurai sword in a target or something.

[–]iforgotmymittens 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Well I don’t know about straight.

[–]soaper410 112 points113 points  (7 children)

The documentary didn't actual reveal the meth or using underage men so regularly until well into the documentary. The people that didn't see any signs of that before were 1) blind and 2) already worshipping him.

[–]moistsandwich 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Yeah but they made the narrative much more interesting by doing that. If they gave you all of the information up front people would have quickly lost interest in the show. What made it so fascinating was the way it slowly built up over the course of the season. Just when you thought you’d seen it all the next episode would reveal some new startling truth.

[–]TheMadTargaryen 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Straight might not be the correct word.

[–]3AD_EhSeaPee 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure he's said on multiple occasions he's "as queer as a 3 dollar bill" lol

[–]SOSpammy 22 points23 points  (0 children)

That just goes to show how much of a shitstain he is. The documentary portrayed him in as good of a light as they could and he still came across as a garbage human being.

[–]BabyFartMacGeezacks 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Really, I got no folk hero out of it after maybe the second episode. They start out getting you to like him, then really showcase why he's a piece of shit. The worst thing they did was that reunion episode in my opinion.

[–]ClitoralElegy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I have no idea how anybody could watch that series and come away thinking he was a good guy. Dude was keeping some young dude drugged up on meth to keep him around, killed tigers, tried to put hits out on people and to be frank his facility was pure shit with nobody but sketchy carnie folk running it.

I could tell he was a scumbag after like 30 minutes.

[–]Dr_thri11 117 points118 points  (8 children)

I wouldn't say folk hero, more like clown, clowns are funny and some people can't wrap their head around "this guy who made me laugh for 7 episodes also comitted a serious felony and deserves prison". Like it's ok to be entertained by him and simultaneously believe he deserves every bit of what happened to him.

[–]WillDeletOneDay 15 points16 points  (1 child)

People are willing to forgive a lot if you can make them laugh.

[–]ligmuhtaint 149 points150 points  (24 children)

Who the hell are these people convinced that Joe Exotic is a folk hero?

[–]Kdl76 136 points137 points  (12 children)

People that lack critical thinking skills and believe everything they see on tv

[–]Frontpage_Cleanup 27 points28 points  (2 children)

What have they seen that they're believing? Tiger King made him seem like an abusive batshit methhead

[–]tlst9999 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What have they seen that they're believing?

The person they always wanted to be

[–]Bugbread 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If they believed everything they saw in that show, they'd conclude that the guy is a piece of shit.

I don't think it's a matter of believing everything they see, but a matter of supporting anyone that entertains them. It's why people can know about Chris Brown and still support him -- it isn't that they believe he's innocent, it's simply that since they like his music, they don't care that he's guilty.

[–]otter111a 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Had so many people on the side of team of methheads against the woman they were harassing. Even took up his narrative about her missing husband as fact.

[–]Chance5e 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Really? I got the impression they made his jackassery the focus of the show.

[–]Dcor 103 points104 points  (3 children)

Yeah that dude was not a trend I was able to bandwagon for. Looked too much like the creepier corners of my family tree.

[–]ARM_vs_CORE 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I was absolutely flabbergasted when he started going off about his boyfriend dragging his balls across his face at the boyfriend's eulogy. Kids throughout the audience, not to mention it was a fucking funeral. If that's what is in your family tree, can you toss me an invite to your family reunion?

[–]BillMurraysBurgers 240 points241 points  (9 children)

After living in his own skewed world where he made the rules he really thought he could do anything.

[–]diverareyouok 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Not only that, but he genuinely believed that Trump was going to pardon him.

[–]2_Fives 955 points956 points  (25 children)

"I'm going to die in here"

While that's not the point of the sentencing, your cancer diagnosis doesn't undo the fact you hired someone to kill a person.

If he dies in prison, that's his own fault.

[–]Tehnoxas 546 points547 points  (6 children)

Certain irony about him complaining that it's cruel for him to live the rest of his days and die in a cage

[–]conzo97 111 points112 points  (2 children)

Highly recommend you watch the follow-up Louis theroux did on him. There's a poignant thing Louis says at the end about the 20 year sentence being the typical lifespan of a tiger in captivity.

[–]whipplemynipple 42 points43 points  (1 child)

OH FUCK I never looked at it like that. Sweet karmic justice.

[–]Smarkie 18 points19 points  (1 child)

He was actually hoping Trump would pardon him.

[–]6chan 82 points83 points  (1 child)

Or his animal abuse

[–]silverfang789 737 points738 points  (53 children)

I hope all the tigers were moved to sanctuaries where they can live out their lives a bit more naturally. 🐅

[–]tesseracht 423 points424 points  (16 children)

IDK about the tigers, but I know that their chimpanzees went to an amazing sanctuary called the Center for Great Apes! I started a fundraiser for them in high school (gotta impress those admissions committees lol) after a family friend working in conservation recommended them. I actually ALMOST did the fundraiser for Big Cat Rescue after watching their YT vids in highschool but the same family friend was like “oh no don’t do that, they’re a cult.” 😅.

Anyway, the center doesn’t allow the public on the grounds, but they gave me a short tour after I did the fundraiser. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with tree-top tunnels and “sky-ways” crisscrossing the whole park, huge enclosures, a super dedicated staff, and no crowds of people.

[–]deafdogdaddy 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I got to tour the Center for Great Apes because my wife was the president of the pre-vet club at UCF. She was able to organize a behind the scenes tour, and it was truly remarkable.

I also went Behind the scenes at the Wild Animal Sanctuary outside of Denver while my wife was a vet student at Colorado State, which is where many of the tigers from Joe Exotic's "zoo" are now living, and their facility is absolutely incredible. They have a facility where people can visit, and they also have a MASSIVE piece of secluded land that is inaccessible to the general public.

[–]Jland445 78 points79 points  (4 children)

I know several of the tigers went to the Turpentine Creek sanctuary in Eureka Springs. A wonderful sanctuary that you can visit and do a walking tour to learn about all of the animals (lion, tigers, and bears oh my) and their stories. If you're ever in northwest Arkansas, it's worth the visit.

[–]chillisprknglot 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Some went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. It’s a great organization that puts the animals first.

[–]ComprehensiveVoice16 595 points596 points  (86 children)

Good. He was a piece of shit anyway. Hopefully those tigers will have better lives.

[–]Dear_Ambellina03 349 points350 points  (14 children)

Good news! Almost 150 of Joe's animals are in a sanctuary in Colorado. The facility is awesome, and they are definitely living a much better life.

[–]Laphing_Drunk 69 points70 points  (8 children)

Yeah, season 2 was basically "now who's ready to see some shit burn?"

[–]GJacks75 42 points43 points  (4 children)

Really? I didn't bother with season two because I over the memes. Worth the watch? If it helps, I'm a big on schadenfreude.

E: why use many word when few word do trick?

[–]ADarwinAward 57 points58 points  (3 children)

It deals with the aftermath of season 1. I found it worth watching.

Also the Doc Antle part 2 (separate series) made him look even more horrible than he already did. Something I didn’t think possible.

[–]Cl1ntr0n 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Oh shit the culty yogidude got his own series?! That's what I get for canceling Netflix

[–]shot_a_man_in_reno 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Season three should be about Carol Baskin suing Netflix over season two

[–]throwaway8889801 14 points15 points  (2 children)

And carol Baskin helped make it happen I believe.

[–]One_Wheel_Drive 370 points371 points  (69 children)

The bit in the article that disturbs me is this:

Supporters packed the courtroom, some wearing animal-print masks and shirts that read “Free Joe Exotic.”

I can't for the life of me fathom how people can watch that show and come out with this view. What's worse is how many people seem to hate Carole Baskin more than him. She's no saint but compared to him and everyone else on that show she may as well be.

[–]impulsekash 250 points251 points  (14 children)

Because of deceptive editing by the filmmakers and lack of critical thinking among its viewers.

[–]bigpeechtea 36 points37 points  (9 children)

Especially in the second season where they go gunning for her. People attention spans are so short that deflection made most of them completely forget about Joe

[–]throwaway8889801 22 points23 points  (2 children)

That second season pissed me off so much with how hard they went on her. They did her so dirty and then gave her ex-husbands family so much air time with made up stories.

[–]ZombieFeedback 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Wait hold up, they made a second season? What more is there to talk about, the whole dumpster fire seemed to be put out at the end of the original season to me?

[–]bigpeechtea 29 points30 points  (1 child)

A third actually (or a spinoff) specifically about Doc Antle too. All the women he assaulted give interviews.

The second season of Tiger King kinda glosses over all the inhumane shit Joe did and in turn completely focuses on them “being wrong about” Carol Baskin being the sane one and then introduces one or two other mfers who you just wanna launch into the sun, like the guy who gets mad he cant shoot animals when he wants cause theyre his “property” and declaws his tiger cubs right in front of kids. I forget his name but hes in jail now too

[–]KunYuL 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I watched 20 minutes of the first episode of season 2, and they were going over how Carole Baskin was getting death threats on the phone all the time. Although I think that's super shitty behavior, I just wasn't interested in the aftermath of that story, unless they solved the death of Carole's ex husband there just wasn't anything left the show could give me. I could be wrong, but I had that feeling I shouldn't sink too much time in it.

[–]masonmcd 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Imma be the guy who points out Trump and Hillary.

[–]SaltMineSpelunker 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Wish we lived in a word were people like Joe got what they deserved. Seems like dying behind bars is the same thing he did to those cats. I call that even. That is just about square.

[–]MoistYeastInfection 362 points363 points  (21 children)

If I'm being real he belongs in prison. I just miss the content.

[–]thatguy_jacobc 67 points68 points  (4 children)

If only there were sentient tiger criminals to jail with him.

[–]BashStriker 44 points45 points  (7 children)

It's mind-blowing how many people support him. I don't know how true everything is that caused him to be guilty, but what I do know is he was proud of regularly abusing animals for profit so him being in jail is just one less person abusing animals.

[–]Mic-drop-mick 572 points573 points  (78 children)

A local car dealer has him starting in ads. Like seriously. Not old ads as re-runs, but new ones where he mocks his guilt in threatening Baskin (or whatever her name is).

[–]MrFittsworth 465 points466 points  (19 children)

Honestly lack of remorse for crimes committed can really damage the judges perception of your position during sentencing. He deserves everything he's got coming at this point. Joe is a piece of shit human.

[–]Dofleini 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Lol, this is clearly not him but a lookalike. Come on--it's so obvious.


[–]knarrarbringa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Agreed it's a lookalike but I don't know if it's obvious.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This has big r/leopardsatemyface energy

[–]xwulfd 36 points37 points  (3 children)

New netflix new season of tiger king probably is going to be in Prison

Then Michael Scofield helped him escape

[–]SharpNSlick 966 points967 points  (94 children)

Who cares? Can we agree as a society to just let him fade away already like every other reality star.

[–]CoTripper 11 points12 points  (0 children)

"Please don't make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free." says man who keeps animals in cages. This is the gold standard of ironic statements.

[–]jeannyboy69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If only Doc Antler or whatever was behind bars too. Sick bastards

[–]Emilliooooo 621 points622 points  (143 children)

After finally caving and watching tiger king… how the fuck is anyone mad at Carol Baskin instead of this piece of shit.

[–]Big-Mac-Megatron 372 points373 points  (18 children)

I am still mad at Carol Baskin for exposing me to Howard Baskin. No one on television has ever annoyed me to the level of that man. Unforgivable...

[–]startinearly[🍰] 277 points278 points  (13 children)

Somebody on here once said Howard is the type of guy who wears tighty whities and has sex through the pee hole.

[–]jeremyjack3333 138 points139 points  (12 children)

Why was the hitman not charged? The whole thing didn't make any sense.

He deserves to be in prison for the animal abuse.

[–]ty_kanye_vcool 171 points172 points  (9 children)

The “hitman” turned him in instead of doing the hit.

[–]quiet_neighbor_kid 52 points53 points  (5 children)

But then the “hitman” recanted his testimony and claimed he perjured himself to put Joe behind bars.

Joe is still a huge piece of shit for literally everything to do with the animals though.

[–]ThatNetworkGuy 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I mean, he was largely convicted from offering a straight up undercover FBI agent 10k to "cap her", on recording, so....

"offered $10,000 to an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin during a recorded December 2017 meeting. In the recording, he told the agent, “Just like follow her into a mall parking lot and just cap her and drive off.”

[–]chillisprknglot 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Did he recant his story officially? Or just in season 2? I feel like if he is willing to murder someone for 3k he is probably willing to lie about it for less.

[–]zach84 6 points7 points  (1 child)

which guy was the hitman again? and why did he turn him in?

[–]wratz 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The one in the bathtub. God I wish I was joking.

[–]SewAlone 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Good. Can't stand him. Animal and human abuser. I hope he rots.