Meghan McCain Tweets Reactions to ‘That B*tch Carole Baskin’ On ‘DWTS’ — ‘An Absolutely Terrible Dancer’
It seems like everyone tuned in to Dancing with the Stars for the big 2020 fall premiere. The star-studded lineup, including brand new host Tyra Banks to replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, was enough to draw huge crowds eager to see what was going on.
Even celebrities tuned in and live-tweeted their reactions to the new cast. The View co-host Meghan McCain was not shy about expressing her disgust and excitement for one of the most notorious contestants of all: Tiger King star and animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin. Here’s what she said.
Who is Carole Baskin from ‘Tiger King’?
The world became obsessed with Carole Baskin earlier in 2020 after the Netflix documentary Tiger King exploded in popularity. The limited release series followed the eccentric life of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, and his experience running a zoo in Oklahoma.
Carole Baskin came onto the scene as Maldonado-Passage’s sworn enemy. Though she was never formally accused of any crimes, many fans became convinced that Baskin murdered her former husband Don Lewis and fed him to the rescued tigers in her care.
Even celebrities like McCain are at least partially swayed by this narrative. It’s not great for Baskin’s reputation, but it is encouraging fans to watch DWTS just to catch a glimpse of her.
Meghan McCain made it clear she thinks Carole Baskin is guilty
The anticipation leading up to the DWTS premiere and Baskin’s big debut was palpable. The View star expressed her excitement to her followers by sharing on Twitter, “Watching #DWTS and just sitting here waiting for that b*tch Carole Baskin. #coolcatsandkittens.”
Later, McCain indicated disdain for Baskin’s dance moves plus insinuated that she’s guilty of murder. She tweeted: “Carole Baskin is an absolutely terrible dancer and danced to eye of the tiger and definitely murdered her husband with sardine oil… and what am I doing with my life….?!? #DWTS.”
The tweet was attached to a GIF of Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski looking confused and wondering what day it is.
Don Lewis’s family bought commercial airtime during ‘DWTS’
McCain isn’t the only one who’s suspicious of Baskin. Lewis’s family paid for a commercial to air during the highly publicized DWTS premiere which included a $10,000 reward and tip hotline for information about his disappearance. Lewis’s daughters and former assistant, who both made appearances in Tiger King, were featured in the commercial, too.
“Don Lewis disappeared in 1997. His family deserves answers. They deserve justice. Do you know who did this or if Carole Baskin was involved?” the family’s attorney John P. Phillips asked.
Baskin might not last long on ‘DWTS’
Most fans didn’t expect the Big Cat Rescue founder to be hiding serious dance talents up her sleeve, and they were right. The DWTS judges had some tough feedback for Baskin, giving her a score of 11 out of 30 — the lowest of the night.
Still, there’s a silver lining to all of this. Baskin already said all proceeds she earns from the show will go toward helping animals in need. To hear her tell it, her participation has nothing to do with defending murder accusations. Not even to Meghan McCain.