Miranda Lambert Responded to the Backlash Over Her Photo with Tiger King's Joe Exotic
On Monday, the singer shared throwback photos of herself with the controversial former zoo owner, writing, "Here’s a little Monday memory for y’all."
Afterwards, fans expressed their disappointment, citing his conviction on 17 federal charges of animal abuse.
After the response, Lambert followed up with a statement distancing herself from Joe Exotic, explaining that they only met because he volunteered to help her organization MuttNation Foundation in 2017.
"MuttNation asked for volunteers who could transport some dogs from Houston to shelters in Oklahoma, where there was more room and they could be treated and adopted," she wrote. "Some guy named Joe volunteered his trailer and staff. Now I know it's 'Joe Exotic.' I've never been to his zoo and I didn't even know he had tigers. OBVIOUSLY I'd never condone animals being treated badly."