Next to Tiger King, which was your favorite TV show years?
Dancing with the Stars became my favorite show in 2020. I never saw her before they called me and asked me to participate [Baskin was a contestant on the latest series of the US reality series in September]. Now that I’m part of the DWTS family, I simply look forward to watching the stars, the pros and the results of all the people behind the scenes in each new routine. I know how much each of them tried to entertain us all in this unprecedented time of uncertainty and I love them for it.
Did you watch anything through locking it caught your attention?
I usually work seven days a week from around 7.30am to 7.30pm or 8pm. At the end of the day, I can turn on the TV while exercising or collapsing like a cat on the couch, but five minutes after turning off the TV, I couldn’t tell you what I was just watching. I watch more television to distract shows to slow down the to-do list that flips in my head.
You launched a podcast this year – do you prefer a podcast to a TV?
I ride my bike to work every day, which is about 10 miles of return travel, and I listen to podcasts all the time. I’ve been writing my story since I could write it, but when the media starts sharing it, they only choose the parts that fit their idea of what will generate the views. If I’m going to share my story, it’s supposed to be the whole story, so that’s why I started video recording my diaries and posting them on YouTube.
There will be people taking things out of context and trying to use them to confirm their own delusion, but now everyone has access to my whole life story. I hope that others will recognize themselves in my words and have the strength to do what is right for themselves and our common planet.
There were a lot of votes against you in Tiger King and none for you
Tiger King was set up as a quarrel between two crazy people, and for Joe it was personal – according to those around him, not a day went by without cursing my name to anyone who would listen to him. I never even talked to him, and until the moment he was sentenced to 22 years for trying to kill me, I never talked about him, except to condemn the practice of buying, breeding, selling and exploiting big cats. If you talk to me for five minutes, you know that my mission is to stop the exploitation and private possession of exotic cats. They had to make me look like someone Joe had a good reason for it – they turned me into “Karen”.
What’s next for you??
We’re working on creating a reality show about rescuing big cats. There is a daily job caring for 50 exotic cats, but our primary mission is to stop suffering at the root – and that is the focus of the show.
• Tiger King is on Netflix