Kardashian West posted a picture of her and her reality television personality friend Jonathan Cheban along with her four children on Friday in front of a cage, all decked out in purr-fect costumes. Kardashian West dressed up in a flower crown, a blonde wig, and cat print while Cheban sported a mullet, a fake mustache and a sequin shirt. Her kids — North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm — all dressed up in tiger outfits, complete with face paint.
“Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic and our tigers,” the post reads. The real-life version of Baskin and Exotic, of course, would never be pictured together as they are each other's most notorious enemies.
For those who have been under a rock this year, Netflix's wildly successful docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” detailed the chaotic downfall of the mulleted, sequin shirt-loving tiger breeder Joe Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, his rival for years.
“After seeing Kim Kardashian's beautiful version of Carole Baskin, I just can't live up to the image anymore,” Baskin told Oxygen.com on Friday.
She said she’s seen so many renditions of her look that she even started a costume contest on her Facebook page.
“I just can't express how weird it is to see total strangers donning flower crowns, cat prints, and gaudy jewelry and channeling their inner Carole Baskin, but I hope the lingering effects will be that they continue to think about all the big cats who are suffering and languishing in cages,” she said. “As for seeing a lot of people posing as Joe Exotic, I hope that's because they understand that killing healthy tigers because they are no longer profitable is evil, and not because of any misguided hero worship spawned by the mischaracterization of us both in ‘Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness.’”
In addition to the hitman-related conviction, Exotic was found guilty of killing five tigers, falsifying wildlife records, and violating the Endangered Species Act, according to a January statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Oklahoma.
As for Kardashian West, she has certainly become a hero for many pro-prison advocates. In recent years, she has been using her platform as a way to shine a light on those who have been wrongfully convicted or serving unjust sentences. She has recently questioned the murder conviction of rapper Corey Miller, who was convicted of killing a teenage fan at a nightclub in 2002.
Kardashian West is the host of the Oxygen series "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project," a show in which she features inmates she feels have paid their debt to society but are still in prison. She has also pushed for clemency for prisoners like Alice Johnson, a nonviolent offender who was released from prison after Kardashian West petitioned President Donald Trump for her release. She also pushed for the successful release of Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim who killed a man when she was teen.
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