Well, not really. The popular Netflix documentary has plenty of fans, including a Port City couple who used it as a fun escape from life during COVID-19.
One guilty pleasure during the COVID-19 pandemic is watching a documentary on a former zoo owner, tiger breeder, country music singer, Oklahoma gubernatorial and U.S. presidential candidate, polygamist and convicted felon.
Yes, that’s one person. Sound silly? Sure. And one Wilmington couple loves it all.
To show their level of fandom for the uber-popular Netflix series "Tiger King," Chris and Elle Townsend found time in their now not-so-busy schedules to have a photo shoot dressed up as two people in the documentary: Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.
"Being cat lovers and owners ourselves, we felt the show documented the real life perspective of the big cats," said Elle Townsend, who dressed up as Baskin while Chris mirrored Exotic. "But the entertainment in itself was too eye-catching that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give everybody a little joy and laughter by dressing up and having fun while being quarantined."
While Exotic’s backstory widens eyes, why do the Townsends -- and many more -- find the series so entertaining? And without spoilers, please.
"We feel like Netflix really gave a reality style show to a documentary," said Elle, a hairstylist at Parlor 7 Salon and Day Spa. Chris is a correctional officer at Pender Correctional Institution. "There was drama, action, thrills and suspense. You name it, it had it."
As for dressing up, the idea was suggested by a family member. Both like to wear elaborate costumes each Halloween -- from Disney-inspired gear, Fred and Wilma of "The Flintstones," Waldo and Carmen Sandiego for starters.
The Townsends know of more productive ways to use the extra time at home. And they’ll get to those soon -- well, after watching a new episode of "Tiger King," a revelation made earlier this week by another person in the series, Jeff Lowe.
Their advice: keep a sense of humor despite tough times.
"Maybe find old costumes and recreate your favorite scenes or couples from movies," Elle said. "Or start your Halloween costumes, learn to sew, work on that Christmas project that never gets done, learn a new hairstyle technique. But stay home and wash your hands and be healthy."