Mike Epps Responds to Kangaroo Controversy

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Animal lovers have a bone to pick with Mike Epps after the comedian appeared onstage with a kangaroo at a recent comedy show.

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During Epps’ Detroit show Friday, he was accompanied onstage by not just any kangaroo, but a famous one. The kangaroo, owned by Javon Stacks’ Exhibit Zoo, went viral last week after Stacks was seen walking it around town. But Stacks has good reasons for his zoo. He brings animals to areas where kids can’t always afford to visit regular zoos.

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“Inner-city kids’ parents don’t have enough money to go to the zoo, or transportation to go to the zoo,” Stacks told MLive. “When schools invite us ... we perform in the gymnasium. We take 50-60 students every hour and rotate them.”

But when the animal joined Epps onstage, people had their fair share of complaints:

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Epps responded to the backlash on Instagram, and although his comment was deleted, nothing gets past the Shade Room:

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According to Stacks, the kangaroo was not harmed during Epps’ show.

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People are still paying money to see Mike Epps tell jokes? The one and only time I saw him, he was still doing Day-Day from Next Friday skits. I figured that was because that was the only period in his career when people found him funny.

And Javon Stacks makes this sound like some sort of philanthropic effort, but they aren’t doing these shows for free. Was that birthday party he had the kangaroo at in the inner city? How’d the parents afford that? As a kid from the hood, I’m pretty sure that we got free/very cheap zoo tickets in schools.

From reading the “Exotic Zoo” website, dude has those animals working 8 hour days with no breaks. He doesn’t even seem to have a good handle on that kangaroo. How is he transporting an entire zoo? This sounds sooo suspect.

LMAO at this list, though.

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