It seems like Netflix‘s new hit series Tiger King is all anybody can talk about right now, and for good reason — the show is both bat s**t crazy and endlessly fascinating.
But now, as we collectively get more and more into the weird, back-stabbing world of big cat collections and sketchy private zoos, we’re learning more about the past of those who appear on the streaming special… and it turns out at least a few of them have popped up right in the middle of some VERY iconic pop culture moments!
Viewers of the hit docu-series will no doubt remember Doc Antle, one of the main tiger-keepers focused upon in the show alongside Oklahoma’s wacky own Joe Exotic. Antle, who runs an animal facility in South Carolina, was referenced as “Bhagavan” on the show, and a good chunk of one episode was dedicated to his many, um, girlfriends as well as his sometimes intoxicating power over women.
But did you know Doc was actually present on stage for one of the craziest, sexiest, most iconic live award show performances EVER?! Yes, really… the tiger master had a starring role in Britney Spears‘s 2001 MTV VMAs performance, where she brought down the house with her then-hit song I’m A Slave 4 U.
We put MTV’s performance vid up at the top of this post (above) for you to re-watch — ya know, since it all happened almost 20 years ago. Fans will no doubt recall the presence of Banana, that iconic yellow python draped around Brit’s shoulders for part of the act. But do you remember the tiger cage in which she opened up the live performance? And what about the man crouched in that cage, holding the tiger and being sure it’d behave for the whole thing??
Ch-ch-check out a closer look from a screenshot (below):