There are many, many things you can say about Netflix's Tiger King documentary series – it's spawned a tonne of memes, possibly reignited a missing person investigation and was so popular a bonus episode is reportedly being filmed.
One of the show's stand out characters is none other than Joe Exotic, an Oklahoma local who ran a roadside zoo owner, whilst moonlighting as a polygamist, wannabe country music star. However, as viewers will know, Joe's story ended up with him being handed a 22 year prison sentence after being found guilty of hiring a hitman to kill Carole Baskin, a rival big cat owner.
Now, however, a new twist has appeared in the tale, as President of the United States, Donald Trump, says he'll "take a look" into Joe's case and see whether or not he ought to be pardoned. Woah.
During a White House briefing, according to a report from the New York Post, a journalist said to Trump, "The man who is the star of this [show], a former zoo owner, is serving a 22 year prison sentence, he’s asking you for a pardon, that he was unfairly convicted, your son jokingly said he’d advocate for it and I was wondering if you’d seen the show and had any thoughts on pardoning Joe Exotic?"
In response, Trump said, "I know nothing about his 22 years so what did he do?"
Upon being told, "Allegedly hired someone to murder an animal rights activist but he said that he didn’t do that," Trump responded with, "Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon? I’ll take a look."
To be honest, we wish we could say that we're shocked by this but in this day and age, nothing seems that surprising anymore. Watch this space...
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