Comedian Mike Epp and his shocking kangaroo ‘cruelty’ stunt

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Comedian and actor Mike Epps has apologized, since dealing with the backlash of his Friday night show in Detroit, when he brought a kangaroo on stage
showing the terrified animal lashing out.

Epps, who is best known for his role in “The Hangover,” had invited zoo owner and exotic animal specialist Javon Stacks on stage with the kangaroo, who appeared uncomfortable under the lights and the cheering of the audience. Stacks doesn’t seem bothered by the animal’s distress and raised the animal’s arm in the air as the crowd continued to cheer. At that moment, the kangaroo panicked and tried to hit Epps in the face; the comedian ran off the stage. Moments before, Stacks carried the panicky animal around after it tried to run away. According to  TMZ, Epps grabbed the leash himself, and held the “animal for a photo.”

Angry fans soon took to social media criticizing Epps’ behavior as well as using the kangaroo on stage “milking the animal for laughs.”

“I didn’t think Mike Epps playing with that kangaroo last night was funny at all. That kangaroo looked miserable and ready to snap,” one Twitter user wrote.

Reddit users called Epps a “disgrace.” And then on Sunday, Epps posted a video of himself and Stacks feeding a banana to the kangaroo, but this was not the same terrified animal that appeared on stage Friday night. Stacks claims the animals are all part of a traveling zoo, and he does have all proper licenses. When asked about the leash, Stacks stated it is legal and preferable to a collar.

 (Photo via YouTube freezeshot)

39 replies
  1. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

    Why would anyone with any sense or morals want to see that no talent thug wannabe and his cohorts making fools of themselves anyway? I would have been uncomfortable on stage with them acting like idiots. I don’t blame the poor animal for being stressed. God didn’t create animals just to entertain a bunch of ignorant fools.

    • ellen cottone says:

      Agreed Rev!
      This was a public mugging by 5 against 1at a concert. lifting him up by his under tail and bouncing where the vertabre meets his private parts is terrifying as well as excruciating and i am sure caused perminate damage.
      But i am sure you are right in thinking
      Does stackes pimp out his animals for pay to be beat up at “boxing matches with drunk and drugged up thugs for boxing bouts behind closed doors?
      You know he does. this kangaroo has beem brutalized by these men at parties behing closed doors. This amimal and others have been pimped out on a regular basis.How do I know that. You would have to be stupid not to know that.
      Rev, You and I , Lets write a letter.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Do these morons have an IQ at all, why would they or anyone else think this is entertaining? Someone better look into this “traveling zoo” and the people running it, if this is the way they are treating the animals!

  3. Debbie Westerkamm says:

    What is wrong with some people. This was not funny or entertaining. Anyone with eyes could see that the poor thing was scared to death. Have a heart!!!

  4. Lisa says:

    Things like this support how savage and vile human beings are! To use an animal for laughs and entertainment is DISGUSTING! All those involved should be charged with cruelty to animals and locked up in JAIL to rethink their inhumane ways!

  5. ellen cottone says:

    Hell Yea it Was!
    In Anciant Godless Rome.
    At “Roman Colosseum”
    (Its not a misspelling, its italian)

  6. debor33 says:

    Shame on Mike Epps…..why can’t people leave animals alone….it was obvious this peace love kangaroo did not want to be out there with all the Loud noise, music, yelling & smoke…..I wish he would have hit Mike Epps in the face, but then again not, because Mike might have hit him back…..make up your own lines & leave innocent animals alone…..shame on the kangaroo keeper too for agreeing to take that peaceful animal out in that madness.

  7. ellen cottone says:

    Epps, Formally known for his acting roll in “hangover”.
    Will forever be known as that Guy who beat up a small kangaroo at a concert in detroit.His apologies mean nothing.
    He will never work again. He will go back to sleezy comedy clubs in brooklyyn. He will go on at 1AM. He will perform for street rats and may they heckle. God stepped in. His mother is a good christian and raised him christian.

    He will now be forever A cautionary tail.
    THATS…. Christian Karma,

    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      Please look up the definition of the word karma. There is no such thing as Christian karma. Furthermore, that is a word a Christian should never use as it is a blasphemous insult to God.

    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      I speak on the authority of the King James Bible – God’s very words and the instruction manual for our lives – in which God commands us not to put any false gods before him. Karma is the belief that the universe corrects wrongs. It totally takes God out of the equation by denying his existence or presuming him to be powerless. That’s why the very use/misuse of the word is a blasphemous insult to God.

      • tina says:

        Karma is a law of cause and effect. Karma exists! I don’t practice Christianity. You only show your ignorance and prejudice when you feel it necessary to criticize people who believe in karma. This is a site about animals and frankly I find you to be very offensive. So excuse me while I comment leaves us karma believers alone JACKASS!

      • ellen cottone says:

        Sez Who!?
        The king james Bibble?
        Reconized in only 2 small incedental parts of the world?
        Gods very words? Thats your script?
        You know,
        Its a good thing God isnt here rite now.

  8. ellen cottone says:

    J. Stacks,
    Road side Zoo?Exotic animal collector? No. Animal pervert who routinly pimps out his animals for abuse and molistation.
    So he can hang out with a crowd who would normally have NOTHING do do with him. For money and to get laid.

    So friends? are we going to take this lying down? Or will we take it to the next level? We take it to the streets! I want all his animals seized and be put in registered and monitored animal sanctuarys. And he must be registered as an animal abuser.We write letters and log our complaints LOUDLY. We will stand up for the suffering and negleted animals.
    WE Are Pet Rescue Report Commentars. We are the Talking Heads Of Pet Rescue. We do more than complain. We throw our selves in the middle of the street and scream at the top of our lungs for change. untill the “right authorities step in.
    We are Americans. This is how you change things for our animals trusted to us by God.
    Our country was FOUNDED on a complaint. YOU use your voice.Write your letters! you make change

    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      Ellen, don’t you know by now that I go off on a ballistic tangent at people misusing the word karma?
      On another note, we could start a petition against this fool on Force change or The Petition Site or but I am sure someone will beat me to it. Then we only need to sign it.

      • ellen cottone says:

        Mind your Karma Rev.
        As for someone beating you too it the same could be said for the million self proclamed uneducated thelogens that have come before you.
        But that didnt stop you from revving , did it rev.
        If you want change its up to you. i said write a letter not wait for someone else to do it.
        Get up get busy and save a soul.
        and maybe you can save your own soal. isnt that why you call your self rev? rev?

        you are wasting your time Preaching to Me.
        Im already been ” MADE”!

  9. Michele Conte says:

    Funny? If you could even crack a small smile watching that poor animal terrified and helpless so those assholes could get laughs from dumb humans, you are as dumb and heartless as they are! All animals have served humans since we first stood up on 2 legs–as our food, cheap labor, protectors, guides, companions, and friends. But humans show their gratitude by abusing and killing them inhumanly. Despicable!

  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    Mike Epps just established himself not for his acting ability BUT for his cruel abusive treatment of a terrified kangaroo onstage – I can promise this idiot will never get one cent from me for any movie he may appear in – I hope this cruelty defines the beginning decline of his career. We do not need nor want animal cruelty as entertainment. Javon Stacks also proved his lack of concern for this poor animal – he allowed it to be abused in public.

  11. Red says:

    I would have walked out of that show…. that was not funny. Any terrified animal is not funny or humane. IDIOTS!!!
    There is only one dangerous breed —- humans.

  12. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Just because this so-called traveling zoo is “licensed” doesn’t mean a darned thing. It seems obvious that the owner doesn’t care about the animals. This is one of those rare cases where I actually hope PETA investigates. I have no real respect for PETA, but they do actually do good in cases like this.

    • ellen cottone says:

      Kangaroos m.o. is to lean back on his tail and disembowel with his powerful hind legs and its powerful clawed feet. he was trying, but he was out numbered.

  13. Denise says:

    This was absolutely disgusting! Animal abuse at its worst! Part of a traveling zoo? Seeing this terrified animal tortured I can’t imagine what other animals he has in his “zoo” and what they are put through. We all know what this kangaroo is subjected to on the road…..fighting!!! Another Michael Vick in the making! What kind of housing, food, care are they getting? So he has licensing, so do many others that inflict pain and suffering. Mike Epps shame on you for being part of this. Authorities should be checking on these animals and performances!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    • Barb. says:

      I agree with the animal abuse thing here. Do you have any idea what else he has in his possession? I think people would be shocked. I was told that the animals are kept in houses in Detroit that were repossessed or abandoned . I was kind of surprised to find this out. I don’t think that these homes are proper housing for wild animals.

  14. Marissa says:

    Now that is a case of pure stupidity and you don’t get much dumber then that. I hate people who think it’s okay to do anything you want to an animal and think it’s funny. They are living breathing creatures who have feelings and get stressed just like humans. Who the hell gave you the right to do this. I hope someone smacks the crap out of you for stupidity !

  15. pennysdachshund says:

    Mike Epps and his stupid Jack Ass stunts should be banned period!!! There have been youth all across the country hurt and killed trying to mimic. the ” Moronic NUT BALL ” America Land of the Free!!! Let Epps insert a cherry bomb in his behind and light it… Just for fun of course!!!! He deserves the Blast!!!

  16. Michelle says:

    They should be charged with animal cruelty. That’s bullshit and what a bunch of losers thinking that’s funny. The guy responsible for bringing that kangaroo out should lose his job. That’s not protecting the animal


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