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J Lo Was Ambushed By Animal Rights Activists At The Toronto Premiere Of ‘Hustlers’ And Here’s Why

The countdown to Hustlers has been going on for what seems like forever, but the Toronto International Film Festival brought everyone the film’s first major red carpet. However, the glitz and glamour of Jennifer Lopez wasn’t the only thing that stole the spotlight. According to TMZ, during the movie’s big premiere, PETA activists called the superstar out for wearing fur — the promotional material for Hustlers features Lopez’s character, Ramona, strutting in a fluffy white coat — and claiming that she hates animals.

While at the Toronto premier of her film Hustlers, J Lo rocked a fur coat and animal rights activists let her have it.

Actress and pop mega star Jennifer Lopez was ambushed by a throng of screaming animal rights activists during her red carpet appearance over the week where her new film Hustlers debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

TMZ reports that the protestors got vocal on the periphery of the festival red carpet. While Lopez and her costars were walking in and snapping photos, protestors held up signs that read, “JLO HATES ANIMALS,” and shouted, “Shame on you J. Lo for wearing fur,” and, “Stop wearing fur Jennifer Lopez, stop wearing fox fur.”

Despite the protesters, J Lo kept her cool and didn’t seem to be bothered by people saying she ‘hates animals.’

Lopez didn’t respond to the protesters as they shouted at her from just a few feet away. The actress didn’t appear to be wearing fur as she strutted down the red carpet but Lopez does don a ton of fur in her new stripper revenge film.

J Lo has never been shy to wear fur and other animal products in films, a red carpet events, and in her Instagram.

Lopez’s character Ramona rocks fur in the film’s trailer (unclear if it’s faux or real), but the Jenny From The Block singer hasn’t shied away from wearing the real thing, either, and she’s gotten plenty of hate for it.

Many of J Lo’s favorite designers have recently announced that they’ve removing all fur from their collections.

Versace, Michael Kors, and Gucci announced that they’d stop using fur in their designs — and all three happen to be among Lopez’s favorite lines. Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren went fur-free back in 2007 and Stella McCartney, the Prada Group, and Giorgio Armani have also pledged to stop using animal fur.

You can check out more of her furry looks here:

A casual scroll through her Instagram and you’ll find many looks featuring fur. Of course, there’s no real way to know if she’s rocking faux fur but given the amount of hate she gets for wearing animal products, if she was wearing faux fur you think she would happily point it out.

And then there’s this look too:

This one is straight from the trailer of her new film, Hustlers, and probably one of the things that set off the animal rights activists.

Many on Twitter, even those who call themselves J Lo mega fans, were not happy with the actresses fashion choices.

From J Lo super fans to die hard animal rights activists, comments on Twitter were largely in favor of the protesters. People know that in 2019 there is no need to be wearing real fur.

More people than ever understand the horrors involved with the cruel and deadly fur industry and with so many cruelty-free alternatives available, why would someone still choose to harm animals?

Despite the drama on the red carpet, her film Hustlers seems to be getting plenty of love from critics.

While protesters may have criticized her, everyone who turned out to give the film a watch had plenty of praise to share. Ceck out some of the initial reviews via Twitter:

Sage Young, from Bustle, said “I saw #Hustlers weeks ago, and I’ve been dying to tell you: at one point of Jennifer Lopez’s first scene, my soul left my body.” While Mara Wilson took to Twitter to say “Saw #HUSTLERS tonight and loved it. Funny, sad, smart, entertaining, a crime movie, an indictment of privilege, and an exploration of the joys and complications of female friendship.”

Meanwhile, there was also drama inside the theatre when it looked like J Lo nearly fell from a balcony.

In another PR flub also caught on camera during the film festival, Jennifer Lopez is seen nearly taking a fall off a balcony during her movie’s premiere. Lopez is seen catching her balance and laughing off what was clearly a scary slip.

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