Tiger King Says He’s “Too Gay to Deserve a Pardon from Trump” via Santa Rosa County Jail & AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
via Santa Rosa County Jail & AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Someone’s a little salty that he didn’t get one of the many pardons that former President Donald Trump granted, especially after expecting that Trump would. Joe Exotic, the Tiger King himself, has decided that the reason why he was not granted clemency was because he was “too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump,” per his Twitter account.

Joe Exotic “Tiger King” Says He’s “Too Gay to Deserve a Pardon from Trump”

The former zookeeper, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was incarcerated for a failed murder-for-hire plot against his rival, Big Cat Rescue activist, Carole Baskin, and is now serving a 22-year sentence. The entire situation got its own Netflix docuseries, and as Trump was leaving the White House to make room, for now, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Tiger King star felt the need to reach out for a presidential pardon.

Exotic and his legal team believes that their advocating for a Trump pardon got more attention because Trump’s son, Donald J. Trump Jr., had hilariously posted about the pardoning in a meme social media post on Instagram that combined Exotic and Trump Sr.’s facial profiles into one.

Donald J. Trump Jr. on Joe Exotic

Team Tiger’s legal team really thought that Trump was going to grant the pardon as Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the prison sentences of 70 others, including rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. However, they were quickly disappointed as Trump’s term officially ended, but highlighted their loyalty to the Tiger King, explaining that they, “will never leave Joe’s side and will continue to work until his freedom is gained.”


Carole Baskin had a few words to say, and told TMZ, “Just further evidence that he has no remorse for all the harm he’s caused to exotic cats and the people in his life.”

Looks like Team Tiger’s going to have to start reworking a new appeal to President Biden.

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Lauren Pineda is a writer with a background in music journalism and pop culture. Her best writing comes from her passion for storytelling and connecting her audience. She lives and breathes any live music show or art event and enjoys listening to peoples’ stories.
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