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Tiger King

Everyone's been marveling at how this documentary charts the bizarre behaviors of people in a loose-knit "community" of big-cat lovers living in the American South. But once you strip away the specificity of these characters' obsessions, the truth of Tiger King becomes a lot more sad and basic. The political machinations that led to the feud at this story's center are functionally no different from any other case of fandom infighting: It's the same warped, perspective-free, desperate grasping for meaning going on since the first discussion forum ever popped up online. This one just has more ligers, mullets, and murder conspiracies.

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