Joe Exotic, star of the true-crime Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has announced his candidacy for President of the United States.
This means he is currently one of the earliest candidates to throw his hat into the 2024 ring, joining Donald Trump and Marianne Williamson as an officially declared candidate. According to his Twitter, he officially filed last Friday on March 10th.
Fans of the Tiger King will remember that he is currently in federal prison for abusing animals and trying to hire somebody to murder Carole Baskin.
He maintains his innocence, however, and swears being a convicted criminal will not stop him from seeking the highest office in the land.
His official campaign website begins with a letter from Joe, saying, "I know I am in Federal Prison and you might think this is a joke but it's not." He goes on to lay out a platform that centers on judicial reform, anti-corruption measures and clearing his own name.
Predictably, many on the internet had a lot to say about this latest development, much of it not flattering to Joe Exotic.
Joe Exotic's announcement also led many to think about this moment in history, looking forward to what will likely be an eventful 2024 Presidential Election, and looking backward at the last few turbulent years.
For many, Joe Exotic is synonymous with the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdowns in 2020 when his show went up on Netflix and became the talk of every Zoom meeting and quarantine pod huddle.
This spring marks the three-year anniversary of the global pandemic, which many social media users pointed out.
Memes, like well-loved songs, can be time machines, giving us a ticket back to the past we left behind and the people we stopped being.
For many, seeing the face of Joe Exotic catapults them back through their memories into that desperate spring of 2020, leading them to reflect on all that's happened since.
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