This week, Netflix released a Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness reunion special. Hosted by Joel McHale, the one-hour episode features interviews with individuals from the docuseries. Each one of them opened up about Joe Exotic, how their lives have changed since the show and more.
After the episode premiered on Netflix, TMZ decided to host their own Tiger King commentary hour about the docuseries called Tiger King – What Really Went Down?. blink-182’s Travis Barker was among the guests interviewed and he had quite a lot of things to say about Joe Exotic.
Discussing the details of Joe Exotic’s life, the blink-182 drummer compared him to one of cinema’s most iconic characters.
“I feel like Joe Exotic was, out of the cat people, the Scarface of cat people,” Barker said of imprisoned Exotic. “He literally had it all and was on top of the world and making movies and just acted out of emotions and lost it all. Kind of like the story of Scarface. It is really relatable.”
For those who are unaware of the reference, 1983’s Scarface tells the story of an immigrant named Tony Montana (Al Pacino) who eventually becomes a drug lord. The film captures Montana’s life as it rises to the top before crumbling to the very bottom.
Along with his comparison to Scarface, Barker also shared his thoughts on if Exotic should be in prison.
“To me, it felt like he was just talking amongst people like ‘oh man, I wish [Carole Baskin] was dead or I’d kill her myself,’” Barker says. “I don’t ever really feel like he was going to kill her.”
Barker’s comments about the docuseries ultimately caused a firestorm of debate on social media.
“JOE EXOTIC is the SCARFACE OF CAT PEOPLE and he’s SO RELATABLE” TRAVIS BARKER WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???
— Sarah (@sarahtysm) April 14, 2020
— elGaucho (@hooktheleg2121) April 14, 2020
— sean garcia (@reloadedneo03) April 14, 2020
Alongside Barker, Dr. Phil and Nancy Grace were also interviewed for the special. The show also included an interview with Allen Glover, the man allegedly hired by Exotic to kill Carole Baskin. During his interview, Glover expressed his wish to go back in time and do more harm to Exotic for all of the pain and misery he has caused animals and humans. You can watch the full TMZ special here.
It all started when DeLonge shared a Tiger King meme on his Instagram with the caption “I’m Joe.” Hoppus was quick to comment on the post saying, “The Hell you are. I’m Joe.” Tom then fired back at Hoppus by saying, “either way, you and I end up deeply in love and raising cats.”
A few days after DeLonge’s original Tiger King post, he took to Instagram yet again. This time, he shared a photoshopped photo of him as Exotic. The caption read “Someone tell @markhoppus that I believe I make a great Joe.”
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