Harems and menageries used to be how men asserted their dominance over their environment. Fashions change, however, and now the media want to equate masculinity with wearing dresses. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is a throwback to the times when men were men, and even though he was a minor character in Tiger King, the good people at Netflix deserve credit for highlighting the way he ordered his affairs by dominating the natural order.
Antle has had a lot of women and a lot of tigers, but most of all he has had a commitment to living life on his own terms. And that glorious individuality is exactly what brings out the haters.
The sterling reputation of Antle's Myrtle Beach Safari—"the Ritz-Carlton of wildlife facilities," in his words—stayed above the fray while the antics of lesser big-cat enthusiasts Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin captivated reality TV audiences this summer. But this fall, in an attempt to extend 2020's bout of Tigermania, Virginia's rogue Democrat attorney general handed down a baseless indictment of Antle for wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty.
Unlike most Americans, Antle has lived in the world of exotic animals all his life, and he knows the charges against him are in service of nothing less than "a vegan world order."
Certainly one of the best things President Donald Trump could do, if he can find time amid his tireless work to expose corruption in our election systems, would be to grant Antle a full pardon before PETA-aligned Democrats go any further. The conservation of wildlife—along with the conservation of equality before the law—is at stake.
Published under: Men of the Year