The Hangover actor Mike Epps has been slapped with an abuse claim by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for bringing a chained kangaroo onto a Detroit stage during a stand-up comedy show on March 31.
Gallagher had watermelons and Richard Pryor had cigarettes, but recently Mike Epps brought out the most freaky "prop" of all and is catching a lot of heat for it.
Epps, 47, was at the Festival of Laughs comedy tour when an animal handler came on stage with a kangaroo on leash. Epps tugs on the kangaroo's harness before the animal appears to throw his paw back toward the star. The report by TMZ read that many people attending the show grew livid at the treatment of the animal, saying that the performance was more disgusting than amusing.
"They're trash for doing this", one person said. "That kangaroo looked miserable and ready to snap".
Users on Reddit were also outraged with some commentators calling Epps a "disgrace".
Stacks made news last week when a video showing him running with a leashed kangaroo through a Detroit neighborhood instigated an investigation by Detroit Animal Control and police, and concerns from the Michigan Humane Society.
Epps said he would donate to the Save the Kangaroos Foundation, adding that he has loved animals since he was small and had dogs his whole life. The kangaroo was brought out by a handler and Epps danced with it. On Instagram, he wrote, "I don't own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal..."
"Inner city kids' parents don't have enough money to go to the zoo or transportation to go to the zoo", Stacks told MLive.com. "When schools invite us...we perform in the gymnasium". The animal belongs to the Exhibit Zoo.