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Tiger King star & PETA in legal battle over Joe Exotic Halloween costume

Published: 30/Jul/2020 0:10 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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Jeff Lowe from the hit Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ is getting into a heated legal spat with PETA over a Halloween costume of Joe Exotic being sold on their website.

In May, PETA began selling an expensive Halloween costume titled “Joe Exotic, Tiger Killer.” The costume features a mullet wig, mustache and an orange jail jumpsuit, a reference to Joe Exotic’s prison sentence.

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PETA’s description of the $159.99 outfit reads, “Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness glossed over Joe Exotic’s cruelty to animals, but PETA’s spoof Halloween costume makes clear that ‘Mr. Mullet’ belongs behind bars, where he can no longer harm a tuft of fur on any animal’s head.”

“We hope everyone will be out and about by Halloween, so this one-of-a-kind costume is available for preorder now. It comes with everything you need to portray the notorious tiger abuser: a blond wig, a mustache, jail bars, a plush pouncing tiger, and an orange jumpsuit with the more apt moniker ‘Tiger Killer’ on the front.”

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Jeff Lowe from Tiger King
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Tiger King’s Jeff Lowe is furious at PETA for a Joe Exotic costume.

While this may seem a bit bizarre to begin with, the costume doesn’t sit well with Jeff Lowe, one of the show’s stars.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lowe’s attorney James D. Sullivan sent PETA a cease and desist letter.

The letter claims the costume utilizes “unauthorized proprietary rights to the ‘Joe Exotic’ and ‘Tiger King’ names,” which Lowe happens to own.

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Joe Exotic's mugshot
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Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in jail.

“PETA’s unauthorized use has damaged and adversely impacted by client’s proprietary interests,” the letter states.

However, PETA’s attorney Jeffrey S. Kerr isn’t backing down. In his rebuttal, Kerr wrote that the letter was “absurd.”

“[The] costume is an obvious parody protected under trademark law and constitutes fair comment and reporting under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Kerr explained. “We suggest Mr. Lowe focus instead on his serious legal problems in Nevada, Oklahoma and elsewhere, including the numerous recent federal Animal Welfare Act violations perpetrated against endangered big cats at his greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.”

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We’ll have to wait and see how this situation develops, but as of this moment, neither side appears to be backing down.

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The Mandalorian season 2 teaser hints at return of Star Wars character

Published: 20/Oct/2020 15:42

by Daniel Megarry

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Excitement for The Mandalorian Season 2 is already at fever pitch, and now a fan theory about the return of Star Wars Rebels favourite Sabine Wren is gaining more traction.

A new ‘special look’ teaser for the Disney+ original series, which debuted during ESPN’s Monday Night Football, shows off some brand new footage of the highly-anticipated second season, including spaceships, lots of action sequences, and of course more glimpses of viral sensation Baby Yoda.

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But it was one particular line of dialogue that really got the attention of Star Wars fans desperate for clues of what’s to come, as helmeted series protagonist Mando proclaimed, “If I can locate other Mandalorians, they can guide me.”

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So, which Mandalorians could he be talking about? One well-known character that many fans have been speculating about is Sabine Wren.

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Sabine appeared in all four seasons of animated spin-off Star Wars Rebels, and once held the powerful Darksaber – which viewers will remember was wielded by Moff Gideon during the finale of The Mandalorian season 1.

It’s not the first time her return to the franchise in live-action form has been hinted at, either. In the first trailer for The Mandalorian season 2, a mysterious hooded figure played by WWE star Sasha Banks made an appearance – her identity has yet to be confirmed, but many fans believe it’s Sabine.

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Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels

Fans have taken to Twitter to share their excitement at the possibility of Sabine making her live-action debut, with one joking that her appearance is “100% confirmed”, and another linking the speculation to the recent confirmation that Ahsoka Tano will be appearing in season 2 of The Mandalorian.

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Fortunately, we don’t have too long to wait to find out whether Sabine will make a welcome return, as The Mandalorian season 2 begins streaming on Disney+ from Friday 30 October.