In a new photo shared to the official DWTS Instagram page, the controversial Tiger King star — who is a contestant on the 29th season of the celebrity ballroom competition — posed in a cat-themed outfit ahead of the live show, and some commenters gave her ensemble a very low score. Baskin, 59, wore an orange and magenta-colored, tiger print dress. The Big Cat Rescue CEO finished off the ensemble with a bright pink floral crown and a cat-themed face mask and posed backstage at the show’s studio in California.
In the caption to the post, which can be seen below, the show teased that this was Baskin’s premiere night look. Fans of the show know that she will be doing a Paso doble to the 1982 Survivor song “Eye of the Tiger” with her mystery pro partner, so this look does seem to fit the bill.
But longtime fans of the ABC dance-off were not impressed, as evidenced by a series of comments on the post.
“This costume looks like it could have been in Cats: The Musical,” one commenter wrote.
“Please tell me that they will not be dancing with masks on. That would be ridiculous,” another added.
“Worst outfit I’ve seen on DWTS,” a third follower chimed in.
Others referenced Baskin’s controversial past, commenting about the fact that her husband, Don Lewis, went missing decades ago and was declared legally dead. Some accused producers of stooping lower and lower each season by casting controversial contestants such as Baskin.
“It would be better and more accurate if she was in an inmate costume where she belongs,” one commenter wrote.
According to People, Baskin gave the DWTS wardrobe department a bit of input on her premiere night getup. The animal rights activist gave costume designers specific instructions, telling them that “no fur, no feathers, no leather, and anything else,” were to be used for her outfit. She went on to say that she didn’t care how “wild” they went as long as her requests were followed.
Based on the photo, it looks a though the wardrobe team adhered to her wishes.
Baskin will have some fierce competition when she makes her debut on Dancing With the Stars. She’ll vie for the mirrorball trophy against Backstreet Boys alum AJ McLean, former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, and 12 other celebrity contestants.