Joe Exotic said to be "disappointed" after not receiving a pardon despite Donald Trump issuing more than seventy on his final full day in office.
Keep scrolling to find out how he's handling the disappointment...
Now of course, there was one point in lockdown when we were all obsessed with Netflix's docuseries, Tiger King
The 7-part series retells the story of a war between a very flamboyant tiger owner named Joe Exotic and his enemy, a Florida-based animal activist named Carole Baskin.
And last year, things took a turn for the worst.
via: NetflixJoe was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison.
His first charge was for conspiracy to murder.He allegedly hired a hitman to take Carole out whilst she was biking down a deserted bike path before the FBI became involved and thus foiled his dangerous plan.
And the second was for animal cruelty.Though his treatment of his tigers has always been questionable, it was found that Joe had killed several of the older big cats to make room for new arrivals at his animal park.
Most of us believe that this sentencing is more than reasonable.
Despite how cookie he comes across as on camera, it's undeniable that Joe belongs behind bars for his appalling behavior to both his staff and his innocent animals.
But others weren't too convinced.
@joe_exotic Let’s crowdfund a new attorney and an appeal.... Joe needs to be free, and that bitch Carole in jail.… https://t.co/7Xr2h4MYyb— rita as in marga..... (@rita as in marga.....)1586195167.0
Evidently hoodwinked by his "loveable" on-screen persona, many people took to Twitter to protest his sentencing.
The hashtag #freejoeexotic was even trending for a while.
Free the bro bro Joe Exotic🙌🏻 fuck a bitch named Carole— hunter kelly (@hunter kelly)1585847292.0
I've lost all faith in humanity.
So many people are set on seeing Exotic walk free...
Free joe exotic!!!!! Idk if he’s innocent but I wanna see what he does next tbh— AL BABY (@AL BABY)1585668694.0
There was even someone else who revealed their questionable stance on the Joe Exotic situation...And it is incredibly worrying, if not a little unsurprising.
Former president, Donald Trump showed his support for Joe.
via: GettyWhy doesn't this shock me at all?
He revealed his stance on the topic at a press conference last year.
Implying that he would be looking into Joe's sentencing himself.
But, before the conference, he apparently had no idea who Joe Exotic was.
And, when a reporter brought up his son, Donald Trump Jr's comments on the show, Trump replied:
"I know nothing about it … he has twenty-two for what? What did he do?"
And, after the reporter explained why Joe had landed himself behind bars...
Trump asked, “Do you think he didn't do it? Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon?"
He emplored the rest of the room about whether Joe should be pardoned or not...
via: GettyBefore saying: "As a reporter, you're not allowed to do that [give an opinion], you'd be criticized." He then confirmed, "I'll take a look. Is that Joe Exotic? That's Joe Exotic."
After Exotic's legal team got a whiff of the conference, they began milking it for all it was worth...
In a video directly addressed to Trump, Exotic resorted to begging (yes, literally begging) for his release.
One of the main attractions of the campaign included a bus...
Just saw a tour bus full of people and it had free joe exotic all over. It was also pulling a trailer with a big sc… https://t.co/D8OsxVmS2G— Your favorite pasta (@Your favorite pasta)1588785168.0
But not just any bus, a double-decker one with the not-so-inventive-slogan: "President Trump please pardon Joe Exotic, Team Tiger."
Yeah, that should definitely do the trick!
They even took things one step further, coming up with a whole new conspiracy theory that states Joe Exotic has been framed for something he didn't do.
Then just when you thought this world couldn't get any crazier...
Just got off the phone with the lead advocate for “Team Tiger,” the legal team fighting to free Joe Exotic. He told… https://t.co/p42CKiBtpO— Perris Jones (@Perris Jones)1611020220.0
Exotic reportedly had a limousine waiting near the prison he's at, anticipating a presidential pardon from Trump.
Donald Trump issued over seventy pardons during his last day as president, and Exotic's team was confident he would receive one.
Private investigator Eric Love, who is leading the case, said: "This time tomorrow, we're going to be celebrating.
"We have good reason to believe it will come through.
"We're confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now.
"I've got make-up, wardrobe, the whole unit that will come up.
"The first thing Joe wants to do, he wants his hair done. He hasn't had his hair done in two-and-a-half years. That's the first order of business.
"Then we'll probably go and get some pizzas, steak, maybe a McRib."
And when he was asked why he was so confident he would be granted clemency...
Exotic said: "I think the President has sided with us and I believe it will take most of the limelight away from President-Elect Joe Biden.
"Last night, I shot a congratulatory video thanking Donald Trump so we have it queued up and ready to go.
"As soon as we get the word, we're going to execute that video to the White House and thank them."
But, their confidence was short lived...
As despite Donald Trump issuing more than seventy pardon's, Exotic's name was not on the list.
A pretty big blow for Joe and his team.
His team spoke to TMZ and said, "140 million Joe Exotic fans had a hard time getting out of bed this morning."
"We are as disappointed that the president did not sign Joe's pardon, as we were confident yesterday that he would."
Speaking to TMZ, Carol Baskin also had her say, revealing that she was glad he had not been granted a pardon.
"If Joe really had a change of heart, he could do what Mario Tabraue did to lessen his 100-year drug trafficking conviction to 12 years by turning state's evidence against the other animal exploiters," she said.
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