‘Tiger King’ Star Carole Baskin Says Show Created ‘False Perception’

by Clayton Edwards
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Somehow, Carole Baskin got the short end of the Tiger King stick. In hindsight, she’s not even the easiest side character to vilify. But, that didn’t matter. Fans of the show branded her a scheming money-hungry murderer. After the show aired, Baskin was the butt of countless jokes across the internet. Her portrayal in the series led to memes, songs, and more that focused on the allegation that Carole killed her estranged husband Don Lewis. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg. Tiger King also made Baskin, her family, and her business targets for harassment.

Carole Baskin believes that she was unfairly represented in Tiger King. Furthermore, she feels like the producers lied to her. They told her they were making a documentary-like Blackfish that would expose animal abusers. What they made was, in her words, a “freak show.”

However, in a recent interview with The Sun, Carole Baskin said that she doubts she’s the only one who was misrepresented by the show. About this, Baskin said, “I believe the Tiger King series on Netflix was so lacking in journalistic ethics as to have created false perceptions of the characters.” Those perceptions, she says, were the result of “clever editing.”

Her choice of words is interesting. Carole Baskin calls herself and the others who appear in Tiger King as characters. To be fair, the docuseries did seem to present everyone involved in the most over-the-top fashion possible.

For Carole and Howard Baskin, life after Tiger King is hell. The show made her a pariah. As a result, fans continue to lob abuse and even death threats at their family as well as the employees at Baskin’s animal sanctuary. In fact, they haven’t opened the sanctuary to the public since the original series aired for fear of violence and harassment.

Carole Baskin’s Estranged Husband Might Be Alive

Tiger King 2 gave fans several updates on people who were in the first docuseries. One of the biggest updates was about Don Lewis, the supposedly-late ex-husband of Carole Baskin. In the first installment, everyone in the show led the audience to believe that he was dead. Some, Joe Exotic included, claimed that Carole killed him.

However, Tiger King 2 showed a federal document that might prove that Don Lewis is still alive. However, nothing has been proven as of yet. But, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department is still on the case. They recently held a press conference to coincide with the release of Tiger King 2. They didn’t give much information except for the fact that they are still actively investigating Don’s disappearance or death.

So, it is possible that Carole Baskin is completely innocent. Only time will tell, though.