Mike Epps, a comedian who appeared in "The Hangover," added an unusual twist to his routine Friday night: a real live kangaroo.
That outraged animal rights activists, who argued the kangaroo was being abused. It was in a harness and was being held in place by a handler.
Javon Stacks, who says he owns the kangaroo, said he has the proper licenses to perform with the animal and it wasn't harmed in any way. That did not deter critics.
Here's the kangaroo on stage. At one point it lashes out at Epps.
Another view shows the animal getting lifted up by a handler after it swung at Epps.
BIG FAN Mike.. But the whole Kangaroo thing not cool 👎— Nick Mezzanares Ⓥ (@nickseashepherd) April 2, 2017
Epps' fans were quick to voice their displeasure.
I didn't think Mike Epps playing with that kangaroo last night was funny at all. That kangaroo look miserable and ready to snap.— P (@Pariss_Franceee) April 1, 2017
Epps posted a video to Instagram saying "how nice" he was to the marsupial.
He later deleted the Instagram post (which was recaptured and tweeted by other organizations) and apologized for his actions. In another Instagram post on Sunday night, he announced that he would donate to the British animal rights group Viva.