“Tiger King’s” Joe Exotic to host virtual talk for Iona students via Zoom

Julia Fabrizio, Features Editor

Joe Exotic of “Tiger King” plans to take on the college circuit to host virtual talks for college students via Zoom. Iona College will be one of the few colleges in which Joe will host his talks exclusively for students straight from prison.

Netflix’s new documentary is the talk of the quarantine, with everyone bingeing this wild story of the exotic animal collectors in the US. Netflix describes the series as, “The year’s most unbelievable yet totally true story involves liars, tigers, bears, attempted murder, drug lords, cults, polygamy, magic and mayhem.”

The breakout star of the series, though, is the eccentric Joe Exotic. Joe is a former Oklahoma zoo operator and tiger breeder. While the documentary features many exotic animal collectors, “Tiger King” mainly details the feud between Joe Exotic and animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Baskin owns a non-profit animal sanctuary in Florida called Big Cat Rescue. After a long-running rivalry between the two, Joe was indicted for attempting to hire someone to murder Baskin. In April 2019, Joe was convicted for two counts of murder for hire, but also for a myriad of violations of two animal rights acts.

Released on March 20, the series has quickly generated a lot of buzz, consistently topping the Netflix top ten most watched lists and spawning endless memes all over social media.

Joe Exotic’s message for students has not yet been revealed, but the excitement surrounding “Tiger King” only reinforces that students will be interested regardless.

While the virtual talk is still in the planning stages, Iona hopes to pin an exact date for the talk by the end of the month. The goal is to host a session via Zoom before final exams begin.