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Tiger King’s Carole Baskin criticises SNL parody: ‘I could just slap that woman’

Chloe Fineman played the animal rights activist in the ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 26 August 2020 08:46 BST
Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Official Trailer

Carole Baskin, one of the subjects of Netflix's hit docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has criticised the Saturday Night Live parody of her.

The popular US sketch show featured an impression of Baskin by comedian Chloe Fineman.

Fineman's SNL co-star Kate McKinnon is also set to portray Baskin in a forthcoming TV drama adapted from the events of Tiger King, which has just been given a straight-to-series order at NBC.

Speaking on The Pet Show podcast with Dennis Quaid and Jimmy Jellinek, Baskin said of Fineman: "I could just slap that woman!"

"This whole, 'My kitty, meow, meow, kitty, meow,' and then she would just say these really weird words all in a row. That all became popular, I guess, in popular culture and people wanted me to talk like that on the Cameos. And I’m like, ‘I have no idea how to talk like that. That is not how I speak.'”

Animal rights activist Carole Baskin in 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness' (Netflix)

Baskin currently offers personalised video messages for a fee on Cameo, a scheme which has seen her run afoul of pranksters in the past.

Tiger King followed the story of felonious zoo owner Joe Exotic, and his feud with Big Cat Rescue owner and animal rights activist Baskin, which eventually led to a murder conspiracy and Exotic's incarceration.

Baskin also offered advice to McKinnon, ahead of the new TV series. “[McKinnon] has not reached out to me," she said, "and I really hope that she does before she gets too far down the line with it."

"I’d love to know what her take is on it and what she’s thinking to do and see if there was any way we could advise her. We reached out to her through the media — because I don’t have any way of contacting Kate McKinnon — but we had posted publicly that we really hope that her or anybody that does any kind of follow-up programming doesn’t end up doing what Cardi B did and hiring people that are exploiting and abusing cats."

Baskin was recently involved in a public spat with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion over the use of big cats in their music video for the hit single "WAP".

A second season of Tiger King is also reportedly in the works, although Baskin's potential involvement in the follow-up remains unclear.

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