Carole Baskin isn’t going to take it anymore.
Presented as the final word villain on “Tiger King,” the animal-rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue is now the topic of her personal Discovery Plus collection titled “Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight” the place she presents her aspect of the story.
The two-part doc collection couldn’t be any extra totally different from its predecessor. It follows Baskin and her husband Howard as they go undercover to catch abuse of endangered animals because it occurs.
“I think ‘Tiger King’ tried to compress their characters into caricatures so that people could look at them, point and say ‘oh, aren’t those people weird?’” Baskin stated. “Whereas ‘Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight’ really takes the three-dimensional approach to looking at the entire situation and everything that has been going into this industry of animal abuse and why that’s ending tigers in the wild.”
Baskin says that it can be crucial to draw a distinction between the 2 exhibits and that her collection isn’t only a rebuttal to her nemesis and former unique animal park proprietor, Joe “Exotic” Maldonado.
“There are all kinds of people that we could have brought into ‘Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight’ that would have been more than willing to say nasty things about each other. We could have made it the same kind of he-said, she-said talking heads that was ‘Tiger King’ but that wasn’t our intent. The big losers in ‘Tiger King’ were the animals. They were like a side thought. People are not going to be able to make a lot of memes out of ‘Cage Fight.’”
For ‘Cage Fight’ co-executive producer Pat McGee, presenting Carole’s perspective was additionally necessary.
“I was fascinated after watching ‘Tiger King,’ and as a storyteller, a filmmaker, and a producer, you know that there’s the other side,” he stated. “When I watched Netflix, I didn’t feel like we ever got to hear the other side of the story.”
While the premise is totally different, there may be nonetheless battle on the brand new collection. Baskin continues to conflict with Jeff Lowe and different acquainted faces from ‘Tiger King.’ She says their look on her program isn’t as a result of of their notoriety from the Netflix collection however as a result of they’re the most important offenders.
“The way that ‘Tiger King’ got their list of bad guys was from me. When they came to film me over a five-year period, they asked who the worst were and I gave them the names of the people that we were trying to expose. It only made sense that they are the same people that would be featured in ‘Cage Fight’ because they are the biggest exploiters and abusers in my opinion.”
Meanwhile, “Tiger King 2” premiered final week — and the present’s second season was one which Baskin tried to cease. She sued Netflix and the present’s manufacturing firm, Royal Goode Productions, to block it from being launched. According to the court docket paperwork, she alleged that unauthorized footage of her was used within the sequel that was pulled from the primary season.
“They would say ‘we think she knows something more’ and cut to some smug look of me staring right into the camera. They have me laughing at really inappropriate times by cutting in something that is totally unrelated. Or cutting in footage of me answering one question with a different question that they asked. I didn’t want them doing it again with the footage that they had shot from the first time around because I did not agree to do any kind of sequel or second series or anything.”
Ultimately, her request to block the footage was denied by a federal choose in Florida. This opened the door for the present’s launch, wherein producers circumvented their lack of entry to Baskin through the use of footage from her personal public YouTube video diaries.
“What’s important for people to understand from our lawsuit is that we did not sign up for that. We didn’t agree to that. Whenever you see my face making the point that they’re trying to make, it’s not because I was making the point they’re trying to make. It’s because they did it without my permission and took it from some other source.”
“I felt that people that watched ‘Tiger King’ got hoodwinked and I felt like it was easy pickings,” he stated. “I don’t think Carole got a fair shake. I know she didn’t get a fair shake after meeting her. ‘Tiger King’ said that they were going to investigate animal cruelty. They told Carole and Howard that to suck them in, and then they flipped the switch.”
Ironically, Baskin says she launched her video diaries to function an antithesis to the false narrative that she believes is in play. She isn’t stunned that the identical diaries are being utilized in an unintended method.
“I didn’t think there was any way that if there was to be a ‘Tiger King 2,’ that they wouldn’t capitalize on what they had already misled people to believing. That’s why I put my diary out there. So many people were saying ‘she knows more than she’s telling.’ I said ‘I’ll put my entire diary out there.’ Every stupid thought I’ve ever had, it’s out there and you can determine (the truth) for yourself.”
Discovery Plus additionally determined to have “Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight” premiere 4 days earlier than the discharge of “Tiger King 2” on Netflix.
“We wanted to share Carole’s story in her own words in a timely way,” stated Amy Introcaso-Davis, an govt vice-president at Discovery.
When requested what she thinks Joe Exotic would possibly think about her new undertaking, Baskin didn’t mince phrases.
“I don’t have anything that I am going to say that is going to change his attitude or change who he is. I don’t think he cares about the animals and I don’t think he ever will.”
McGee disagrees and says that Exotic (who’s serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted of hiring successful man to kill Baskin), may have a response.
“Joe’s going to watch ‘Cage Fight’ and it’s going to hurt because it is the truth. When he watches it, he’s going to have to deal with some internal questions.”
For Carole Baskin, the emphasis in ‘Tiger King’ ought to have been on the tigers themselves. Something she guarantees is not going to be misplaced in translation this time round.
“‘Cage Fight’ is everything that goes on behind-the-scenes at these places. People will get a peek behind the closed gates. We’re having to do it from our drone footage. With having people going in under the auspices of being on a tour and prodding the park volunteers who can’t speak up against it.”
Baskin says that she wants to proceed being a voice for the cats that may’t communicate for themselves.
“The whole thing about my husband disappearing — that was 23 or 24 years ago. There was no reason for anybody to have ever brought any part of that into the first or second episode of ‘Tiger King.’ It’s deflection. It’s the smoke and mirrors to get you to look someplace else.”
Speaking of Carole’s lacking ex-husband, “Tiger King 2” has revealed a doc from the Department of Homeland Security which asserts that Lewis is “currently alive and well in Costa Rica.” If true, it might absolve the Big Cat Rescue CEO from any additional suspicion.
“I was startled in the recent series to see a document from Homeland Security which appears to conclude that Don is alive in Costa Rica,” she stated. “I am disappointed that I was never made aware of this. I hope that it is true.”
“Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight” is presently streaming on Discovery Plus.