Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Netflix/Pexels
Joe Exotic has spoken out after a stretch limo he booked in anticipation of a presidential pardon from Donald Trump left without him.
The eccentric zookeeper, who shot to fame on last year's Netflix series Tiger King, is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
Outgoing US President Trump released his list of presidential pardons yesterday - among them, rapper Lil Wayne - before being replaced by Democrat Joe Biden in the White House.
"Too innocent and too gay"
Upon discovering he had been denied clemency, Exotic tweeted: "I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump.
"I only mattered to Don Jr. [Trump's son] when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first."
I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first. pic.twitter.com/ysGfwnqlHi— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) January 20, 2021
Exotic's tweet followed reports of a stretch limo parked in a parking lot outside his lawyer's office, by a poster that read 'pardon Joe Exotic' that ultimately went unused.
Exotic - real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage - was convicted last April on two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, the NYT reported at the time.
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