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Britney Spears Was Pictured With The 'Tiger King' Cast And We Have So Many Questions

Britney Spears Was Pictured With The 'Tiger King' Cast And We Have So Many Questions

If one thing has got us through the first week of lockdown, it's been Netflix's Tiger King.

After watching Joe Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) and Carole Baskin's feud play out for seven whole hours, fans might think they know everything there is to know about the documentary and its complex stars.

But they'd be wrong. Because we've just stumbled upon a brand new fact about one of the series' biggest characters, and it's shaken us to the core.

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Believe it or not, Doc Antle has actually featured on stage with Britney Spears.


Remember Britney's iconic Slave 4 U VMA's performance in 2001? Remember Banana the snake around her neck?

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Well, what you might not remember is that Joe's zookeeper Doc was actually on stage with her throughout the performance too, tending to a tiger in the background. As you do.

While we'll be the first to admit our jaws dropped to the floor when we saw Doc doing his thing on stage, we should have seen it coming, really.

Throughout the documentary, we saw him talk about his connections to the entertainment industry, having appeared in films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; Mighty Joe Young; and Dr. Dolittle.

A younger Doc can be seen (top left) with a tiger as Britney performs in 2001 (Credit: Getty Images)
A younger Doc can be seen (top left) with a tiger as Britney performs in 2001 (Credit: Getty Images)
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But starring with the Princess of Pop? It's a double act we're absolutely living for.

The unexpected connection has been doing the rounds ever since writer Evan Ross Katz shared the evidence on Instagram.

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Posting a picture of (a much younger looking) Doc backstage at Britney's show, Katz was obviously as floored as us, joking: "Call the police," in the caption.

"Im UNDONE," one of his followers wrote in the comments.

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While another concurred: "This is the biggest glitch in the matrix I've ever seen".

But it didn't stop there, as it wasn't long before Twitter was awash with another picture of Britney at the same awards bash a year later - with a woman who looks the SPIT of Carole Baskin.

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Don't believe us? Take a look for yourselves.


The woman next to Britney is dressed in a leopard print ensemble, in true Carole style, and many fans were absolutely certain that it was the animal activist in the snap.

But others were less convinced. "That's not Carole", one wrote in the comments, while another added: "That is NOT Carole lol". The jury is still out on this one.

But if it was Carole, *why* was the at the VMAs? Did they chat? And maybe she told Britney something about Don Lewis?!

We've got SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.

You can watch Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: MTV

Topics: tiger king

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]