Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Update: Mike Epps apologizes for Detroit kangaroo incident

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 7:50 AM

click to enlarge SCREENGRAB
  • Screengrab

Updated 7:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 4:

Comedian Mike Epps has apologized for bringing a kangaroo onstage. In a video posted to TMZ, Epps said he would donate to the kangaroo-preservation foundation Viva! When asked if he thought the kangaroo should be taken away from the owner, Epps said he didn't think the kangaroo should be brought out for entertainment.

Originally posted 6:29 a.m. Monday, April 3:

Last week, a video of a man walking a kangaroo on a leash in Detroit's University District went viral. MLive later reported the kangaroo belonged to Javon Stacks of Exotic Zoo, an traveling educational animal show.

Seemingly to capitalize on the viral sensation, the kangaroo was brought onstage during comedian Mike Epps' show at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday. And far be it for us to anthropomorphize an animal, but the kangaroo didn't seem too happy about it.

Videos posted to Twitter show an animal that appears to be frightened, held in a bear hug while Epps tugs on its leash as music blares. In two videos, the kangaroo appears to lash out in a panic, causing Epps to run to the other side of the stage:

Here's another video:

World Animal News took to Twitter to condemn Epps, writing "Animals are NOT entertainment!"

We reached out to Stacks for comment, and will update this post when he does.

Updated 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 3:

PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange has released the following statement:

Traumatic situations can be fatal to kangaroos — who are not hardy animals — and this individual was subjected to a great deal of stress by being dragged in front of a boisterous crowd and forced to "dance." PETA hopes the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct an immediate investigation and that the backlash over this stunt will remind all comedians that there's nothing funny about cruelty to animals.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation