Tiger King star Carole Baskin got emotional in an interview that will air on Tuesday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars, USA Today reported. The animal rights activist even shed a few tears over the impact her fame has had on her life the past few months.
If the teaser for Tuesday night’s elimination, which can be seen below, is any indication, it looks like the segment will be an emotional one, as Baskin cries while discussing what her life has been like since the wildly popular Netflix documentary series made her a household name.
Prior to the docuseries, Baskin’s name was little-known outside of animal rights and big cat rescue communities. However, the show, which highlighted her battle of wills with colorful Oklahoma animal park owner Joe Exotic, brought her life story to a wider audience.
However, she isn’t pleased with how the series depicted her. Specifically, she has said she didn’t get the documentary she was led to believe producers were making and claimed the rolls of footage were edited to make her look bad, which has worn on her mentally.
“I keep it inside. That is the absolute worst of this,” she told her professional dance partner, Pasha Pashkov, in the DWTS preview clip, while the tears flowed.
In an email to USA Today, Baskin spoke more about her dismay with the Netflix doc.
“We filmed for five years to make Tiger King because we were told that it was going to be the Blackfish of big cats, exposing all of the abuses that these cats face. And people would demand better laws to protect the animals. Instead, you got the freak show Tiger King was.”
Meanwhile, USA Today writer Bryan Alexander posited that Baskin’s promo package, tears and all, may be a ploy for some much-needed votes from fans. During her performance last week, she did the paso doble to “Eye of the Tiger,” a reference to the source of her fame. Inside jokes aside, she failed to impress the judges and wound up in last place, putting her up for elimination on Tuesday’s installment.
She is scheduled to dance the Viennese waltz to another song with a title referencing her passion: “What’s New Pussycat?” by Tom Jones.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Baskin’s time on the popular ABC dance competition is getting attention for all the wrong reasons, apart from how well she and her partner perform their routines. That’s because she’s apparently left her animals back at her Florida sanctuary while she films, for which her rival Doc Antle has publicly bashed her.