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Interviewers Keep Asking Tiger King's John Finlay About His Sexuality

Interviewers Keep Asking 'Tiger King's John Finlay About His Sexuality

Interviewers Keep Asking 'Tiger King's John Finlay About His Sexuality

Despite now identifying as straight, two Australian radio hosts still pester the reality TV personality in a prying (and mocking) way.

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While we don't really expect too much when it comes to celebrity radio interviews, it's still disappointing when we hear about incidents where journalists ask people about touchy, complex subjects in an insensitive, crass, and downright mocking way. Unfortunately, such was the case recently with Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness star John Finlay.

In an interview from earlier this month with Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O for Sydney's KIIS 106.5, Finlay (who made a name for himself as one of the main players in Netflix's wild and outrageous docu-series) opened up what his life has been like after being on a sensational, headline-making show.

As our friends at Queerty point out, the entire interview was filled with mean-spirited questions about Finlay's drug addiction, and even his sexuality was brought up in an extremely mocking way.

When asked about who he would want to portray him in a Tiger King-based film/TV project, Finlay, who identifies as straight, said he'd choose 21 Jump Street actor Channing Tatum to take on the role.

"I would have to go with Channing Tatum," he said.

"Do you find him attractive even though you’re not gay anymore?” Kyle asks, to which John says yes. "I’m not sure how straight you are."

"Are you bi now, or straight?" John then gets asked about whether he identifies as bisexual or straight.

"What came first? Were you straight in the beginning and then turned gay and then went back to straight?" host Kylie chimes in with, ignoring that bisexuality exists. 

One of the main storylines in the entire Tiger King series was Finlay's relationship with openly-gay main star Joe Exotic. Finlay had a three-way wedding with Exotic in 2014 with Travis Maldonado, but since Exotic's arrest last year for trying to hire someone to murder his archnemesis, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, Exotic's coworkers in the documentary insist Finlay and Maldonado weren't actually gay. 

Finlay is currently engaged and in a relationship with a woman named Stormey.

If you can stomach it, listen to the John Finlay's entire interview with KIIS 106.5 in the video below.

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Raffy Ermac

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Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel