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Mike Epps brought a kangaroo on stage during his comedy show in Detroit. Yes, this is a real story.

Remember the video I shared 4 days ago of a man walking a #kangaroo on a leash in #Detroit? On that post I explained how he runs a travelling, mobile Exotic Zoo where people pay to hire out alligators, lynxes, pythons and even kangaroos for birthday parties and other functions. _ Well #MikeEpps paid to have this kangaroo join him up on stage at his rap concert in Detroit and the world is finding it hilarious 🙄 . _ The only good thing about this video is when the kangaroo backhands Epps to the face as if to say ‘leave me alone’ but this is all so wrong. It’s animal exploitation. The worst part of all of this is the fact that nobody involved seems to have any idea about these animals. _ Kangaroos for example (and macropods in general) can suffer from something called STRESS MYOPATHY which means that stress can literally kill them. After experiencing extreme stress, their muscle fibres can begin to disintegrate causing paralysis and then death. This loud claustrophobic rap concert with flashing lights is clearly a very stressful situation for this kangaroo to be in, which means his life is at risk #LeaveAnimalsAlone 💔😞 . _ Caption @a_lallie Video #Repost @pmwhiphop:Straight clowning!!! Mike Epps brought out a kangaroo on stage in Detroit!

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We have no idea why Mike thought bringing a leashed kangaroo on stage during his noisy, crowded show would be a good idea, but he did. Actually he thought it was hilarious. The Internet, however, didn’t.

Epps immediately caught intense backlash for what many people thought was animal cruelty. And although he didn’t physically harm the marsupial, folks still didn’t like that the animal looked scared and uncomfortable on stage.

Now, it’s being reported that a representative for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is looking into the event as the Animal Welfare Act requires that handlers be “in control of the animal at all times.” This kangaroo’s handler, Javon Stacks, is the one holding the leash. Stacks claims to own a traveling exotic zoo and says he has all his necessary licenses.

For his part, Mike did apologize, but not before posting this video, “proving” that he and the ‘Roo are buddies. His caption stated, “Yeh what’s the problem now, look how nice I am 2 him! Theses guys are license zoo keepers!”

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting

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Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”

 

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