Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe's arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.Written by
According to press reports published after the series aired, the country music "performed" by Joe Exotic and excerpted in various episodes--like other aspects of his life--is not entirely what it seems. Joe Exotic reportedly commissioned up-and-coming country musicians Danny Clinton and Vince Johnson to produce the music for the stillborn G.W. Zoo reality series, with Joe's creative contributions reportedly being limited to background vocals and suggesting song topics. Joe allegedly did not actually write, play instruments, or sing lead on any of the songs.
Johnson claims to have been taken aback when Joe produced the music videos and posted them on YouTube, depicting himself as the main performer and taking credit for music he did not write or produce. See more »
Back in 2008 I worked for Joe Exotic for about 9 months, 4 of which were on the road and maybe 5 at the animal park. I've seen the doc and in my experience working with him and being at the park I really don't have anything bad to say about the guy based on what I lived personally being around the whole thing
there's obviously some sensationalism involved in the doc, some things are accurate and some things aren't but that's the nature of these kind of things.
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