We have, for the most part, been avoiding Tiger King news. After a while, the Netflix docuseries was ever-present and there was a bit of an obsession with the show and its mostly horrible stars. But if there's ever a moment to make an exception, it's when it comes to our calm king Saff, one of the only truly good people from the series.
On the show, Saff stood apart from his costars as one of the few who put the welfare of the animals first and foremost. He had his arm mauled by a tiger and came back to work within days to make sure nothing happened to them — talk about dedication. And when the season ended, he became the center of a conversation about pronouns and gender given that he was referred to with she/her pronouns. After telling Out that it didn't bother him, Saff has expanded on his thoughts in a new interview.
“I don’t think they intended to be cruel in any way, but dismissive or not, it still made a very, very loud statement about the way they feel about the [LGBTQ+] community,” Saff told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Personally it doesn’t bother me ... [but] these titles and these pronouns, they matter just as much as calling someone by the wrong name. It’s something that you shouldn’t dismiss.”
Saff has identified with he/him pronouns since childhood, though he does not identify as trans.
“My children call me dad, they do not call me mom,” said Saff. "I can’t remember a time when I knew (anything) different ... I just think it was obvious, what I wanted, the way I wanted to live and my family immediately supported that." Wait, what?
In what happens to be new news to us, Saff has three children with his long-term female partner. According to Reuters the children are as old as 11 and as young as not even a year old. And here we are talking about spinoffs for Joe Exotic?! This is the family-friendly show I want to stream!