For “Tiger King” Lovers and Haters

The “Tiger King” love it/hate debate rages. I urge you to listen to this podcast. “Still Processing” is always an incisive treat. Here is the link. The analysis of the program from a racial perspective is fascinating and pretty much on target. Don’t be put off by a lot of the early sound clips. About 10 or 15 minutes into it they begin to analyze this as a white “porn” phenomena. If you (like me) were gripped by the series it explains why we were (as if we didn’t already know), but it also adds a much deeper analysis into the racial undercurrent. For those friends who were repelled by the series, you will find justification of your perspective but also a much deeper analysis of its cultural context. The url is from the NYT’s, but the podcast’s title is “Frosted Flakes” and it can be found under “Still Processing” podcast. Definitely worth a listen.

Still Processing is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Jenna Wortham, who works for the New York Times Magazine, and Wesley Morris, the paper’s critic at large.[1] The show debuted on September 8, 2016. Still Processing won a 2017 Webby Award in the Podcast & Digital Audio category, and was nominated for a 2019 Shorty Award.[2][3]


  1. Count me out of the Tiger King debate, not because I’m Miss High-Brow (believe me, I watch plenty of low-life crap) but because I really can’t bear to watch any film, documentary or otherwise, where animals are in any way abused or neglected. People being blown up, shot, strangled – no problem.

    I’m going off on another tangent. I just watched the 2011 Steven Soderbergh movie “Contagion” which I paid for on Youtube. It is astonishingly prescient due to Soderbergh’s close collaboration with a noted epidemiologist. There are plenty of plague movies out there, but about 80% result in a zombie apocalypse which I’m not that interested in, although having said that, I’m feeling pretty zombie-like in this current isolation.
    This was all too real and has uncanny parallels to what we’re all experiencing right now.
    The cast is A-List to the max: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, to name a few. Gwyneth did an outstanding job convulsing and foaming at the mouth which rivalled her performance as Emma.
    There are some glaring inconsistencies, e.g. I winced at the million times people shook hands or spoke within a foot of each other without masks, even after the pandemic was pervasive, but I guess you don’t want to cover up all those million dollar faces with an N95. Even so, it was kind of silly to see Larry Fishburne, who plays an epidemiologist, wearing a business suit – no mask, no gloves, no Clorox wipes – rushing through deserted streets towards the end of the movie.
    Nevertheless, it’s recommended for it’s scientific accuracy.


    1. So, I found it and I haven’t changed your status because I need to find out how I can get it so that the comments go on a separate page. As it works now, I think you click on the box of what I have reviewed and write your comment. As you see yours should appear now. for some weird reason it went to spam??? anyway, hang in there with me. I am thrilled that you are participating.



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