The Offspring Shot a Music Video for a Song from ‘Tiger King’ Featuring a Skateboarding Tiger Because 2020 is Wild

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Have you watched Tiger King? The members of the Offspring certainly have.

Even if you haven’t seen the Netflix limited series exploring (exposing?) the seedy underbelly of big cat breeding and zoos in the Southeastern United States, it probably feels like you have. It’s all anybody’s talked about on the internet for what feels like five months, thanks to an unending buzz cycle and the fact that it premiered right as everybody was stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anyway, back to the Offspring. Recently, the veteran punk/rock band premiered a music video for “Here Kitty Kitty.” If you haven’t seen Tiger King, it’s worth pointing out that throughout the series, music videos are seen depicting one of the series’ principal figures, Joe Exotic, singing rather ridiculous country/pop anthems.

Most of these videos are absurd and highly stylized, and the one for “Here Kitty Kitty” depicts Exotic’s “rival,” Carol Baskin of Big Cat Rescue, feeding her missing husband’s body to her tigers. The songs aren’t actually performed by Joe Exotic, as they’re apparently the work of the Clinton Johnson Band, a fact that isn’t really made clear in the series.

Again, there’s A LOT going on within the unbelievable tabloid-fodder that the Tiger King series devotes itself to here. If you haven’t seen the series, this probably won’t make a lot of sense but it’s quite a spectacle nonetheless:

The Offspring recorded their own music video while in isolation — note singer Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles wearing masks and maintaining distance, while drummer Pete Parada is in a tiger suit. There’s no dramatic meat-feeding or depictions of anybody in priest attire, though.

Whether this makes you want to finally queue up Tiger King or remain steadfastly opposed to taking part in the phenomenon is up to you, but we had to at least report on this song and video existing.


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