If you still can’t get over Netflix’s messy yet compelling Tiger King documentary, then you may want to consider promoting it in public the next time you go out by wearing any of these Tiger King face masks.
Available on Etsy, the first in this list is actually a neck gaiter that can be used as a face shield, headband, bandana, wristband, and a neck warmer. Its outer side is printed with an image of Joe Exotic’s lower half face that shows his nose, lips, and signature facial hair. Made of 95% polyester and 5% elastane, this washable and reusable face mask retails for $20 each.
Exotic (Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage in real life) is the flamboyant ex-owner of the Greater Wynnewood (G.W.) Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. He’s one of the subjects of Netflix’s Tiger King, which centers on the contentious hatred between him and Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin.
This Tiger King-themed neck gaiter features a photo of Joe Exotic’s lower half face on the front
The second Tiger King-themed face mask is similar to the first one. But instead of an image of Exotic, the personal protective equipment (PPE) is covered with a photo of John Finlay’s lower half face, featuring his then-incomplete set of teeth. The mask is also available on Etsy for $20 each.
Finlay joined the staff of Exotic’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park in 2003 and worked there until 2013. Earlier that year, however, he entered a throuple with Exotic and another park employee , Travis Maldonado. His relationship with the pair fell apart soon after he left his job at the zoo.
This Tiger King-themed neck gaiter features a photo of John Finlay’s lower half face on the front
If you’re not a fan of neck gaiters, then the last item in this list may suit you best. A typical face mask, this PPE features an outer fabric printed with a photo of Exotic casually posing for the camera beside an adult tiger.
Washable and reusable, this polyester/cotton face mask has a special five-layer, activated carbon fiber filter that can effectively filter PM2.5 haze, dust, ash, smoke, pollen, vehicle exhaust, and other fine particles. Available on Inspire Mask for $19, this face mask comes with four PM2.5 filters.
Directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, Tiger King chronicles the tension between the small but deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists like Baskin, and big cat collectors such as Exotic, whom Baskin accused of abusing and exploiting wild animals.
As told in the documentary, Baskin claimed that Exotic’s breeding programs, zoo, and practice of charging visitors to pet lion or tiger cubs were abusive to the big cats. With a personal mission to end private big-cat ownership in general, Basking tried to have Exotic’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park closed. In turn, Exotic alleged that conditions at Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue were sub-par and that Baskin was deliberately damaging his sources of income by discouraging potential clients. The friction between the two reached its climax when Exotic attempted to hire someone to murder Baskin, resulting in his arrest and later conviction.
Tiger King, which debuted on Netflix on March 20th, has been many people’s latest TV obsession, especially while everyone is stuck inside during the coronavirus quarantine. It was No. 1 on Netflix’s own Top 10 shows list, and has stuck around on the rankings for a couple of weeks. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently has a 93% critic rating and an 89% audience score.
The docuseries arrived on Netflix with only seven episodes. But in a Cameo video posted on Twitter by Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeff Lowe, the new owner of G.W. Exotic Animal Park, revealed that the streaming service is releasing an extra episode of the hit docuseries next week.
🚨BREAKING NEWS FOLKS🚨
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) April 4, 2020