James Parker And yet, for the past two-plus weeks, Tiger King has consumed the pop-cultural imagination. In that sense, Tiger King is also the latest and most acute iteration of a Netflix trend toward extreme storytelling; the more unfathomable and ethically dubious, the better.
Inthe docuseries Wild Wild Country set the model, with its jaw-dropping chronicles of an alternative Oregon faith community whose antics allegedly included spiritual orgies, gun hoarding, electoral fraud, and mass poisonings. With its reality programming, too, Netflix has been courting eyeballs with simple insanity, via the hit dating series Love Is Blind and the upcoming Too Hot to Handle, a show in which ridiculously good-looking people are sequestered on an island to compete for a cash prize that diminishes every time they hook up, or even masturbate.
The more scurrilous or degrading the concept, the more we watch.
America right now, in the midst of a pandemic, is reliant on collective behavior, adhering to rules, and taking sensible precautions to avoid danger. Tiger King is the TV equivalent of licking the subway pole. Its characters have managed to construct whole worlds around themselves rather than curtail their worst impulses in any way.
These characters are so colorful that they obliterate everything else around them. Who, in the end, benefits? On its face, Tiger King is about a remarkable subculture in the U.
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There are a few private moments, too, including how he reacts after one of his employees is mauled by a tiger while at work. Hardest to endure is how he behaves at the funeral for his youngest husband, Travis, who accidentally shoots himself in the head.
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