Tiger King Meets The Ballroom

Carole Baskin on Dancing With The Stars


The 29th season of Dancing with the Stars, a show where celebrities compete against one another to prove their dancing skills, has brought on some controversy this season with its contestant choice. More specifically, one contestant: Carole Baskin.

Carole Baskin is a notorious big cat activist and the CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida who came to fame from the docuseries Tiger King earlier this year.

Baskin’s appearance on the Netflix series led to allegations that she fed her ex-husband Don Lewis to tigers living on her rescue center. This led to controversy but also jokes. A cover of “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce became popular on Tik Tok. This parody poked fun at the show by changing the lyrics around to how Baskin “killed her husband, whacked ’em.”

Due to this, Baskin’s appearance on Dancing with The Stars came with a lawsuit. Her missing ex-husband’s family is still actively looking to find Lewis and released commercials asking for information regarding Baskin’s involvement in addition to this suit.

“The media made her into a laughing stock and the families suffered from it,” senior Kamara Gourdine said. “Hopefully we can see her in a different light with Dancing with the Stars.”

Then the show started. For her first performance, Baskin and her partner Pasha Pashkov danced a Paso Doble to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. They passed with a combined score of 11 out of 30 points and moved onto the next round.

Their next performance was a Viennese Waltz to “What’s New Pussycat?” by Tom Jones. They earned 16 out of 30 points, qualifying them to proceed to the next week.

Baskin and Pashkov were eliminated after their third performance that received 12 out of 30 points. They attempted to perform a samba to “Circle of Life” by Carmen Twillie from the Disney motion picture The Lion King.

“I think Carole Baskin being on Dancing with the Stars isn’t something I expected,” senior Anya Seely said. “She doesn’t have the moves and the wow factor. “