From Tiger King to Joe vs Carole: Postmodern Murder Media in the True Crime Carnivalesque

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1781-2382 (2022) From Tiger King to Joe vs Carole: Postmodern Murder Media in the True Crime Carnivalesque. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 22 (1). pp. 56-70.


Abstract

This article provides critical perspective on the criminological themes evident in the Netflix true crime streaming television documentary series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which emerged as a popular cultural phenomenon during global 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns. Drawing on the cultural criminology of Presdee (2000, 2004), this study identifies both postmodern and carnivalesque elements in the intertextual Tiger King universe, which includes Tiger King (2020), Tiger King 2 (2021) and Joe vs Carole (2022). This article also includes discussion of new media, user-generated, parodying TikTok videos, and other creative (anti)fan responses, inspired by Tiger King celebrities and big-cat owners, Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. Through close reading of multiple Tiger King texts, this analysis reveals representations imbued with class ideology and misogyny, beneath the dark humour and (un)pleasures derived from 'hate-watching' rival true crime celebrities, in a dystopian, post-pandemic socio-cultural context.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 22:46
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 04:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tiger King; Carnival; Crime; murder-media; Netflix; TikTok; Joe Exotic
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48388

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