At the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday, Jennifer Lopez, who was accompanied by her fiancé Alex Rodriguez, was confronted by angry anti-fur protesters at the Hustlers premiere. In a video obtained by TMZ, protesters are seen holding signs and shouting, "Shame on you, JLo, for wearing fur! Shame on you for wearing fur Jennifer Lopez! Stop wearing fur Jennifer Lopez! Stop wearing fur JLo! Stop wearing fox fur!"
JLo, 50, didn’t seem fazed by the attack despite facing accusations that she has killed "thousands of animals" by wearing fur through the years and that she has "blood on her hands." Although the Bronx native wasn’t wearing fur at the premiere, protesters were angry that she had worn a fur coat in the film and had posted pictures of herself wearing the garment, despite the fact that it’s unclear whether the fur was faux or not.
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The fun didn’t stop there for Jenny from the Block. While waving to fans from a balcony, she tripped and nearly fell, which left onlookers in shock. It wasn’t just the premiere, however, that had fans gasping. The film seems to have been fraught with unsettling situations. In one scene, Lopez is shown dancing in a G-string, which made her feel a bit unprotected.
"It's not like me being on stage with a bunch of tights and fishnets on and bodysuits. Those are sexy costumes. This is another level. You're out there naked!" she told Variety. “I was terrified. I felt exposed. I was like, ‘I’ve never done anything like this. I’m going to be up there in f---ing dental floss. What is this? Who is this person?’"
The film, which is reportedly based on true events, stars J-Lo as Ramona, a gutsy stripper who rips off her Wall Street clients during the late-2000s financial crisis. The film has gotten great reviews so far with J Lo being mentioned as a possible Oscar contender for her role. Kate Erbland of IndieWire gave the film an A-, calling it "funny, empowering, sexy, emotional, and a bit scary" and saying that the "Oscar chatter for Jennifer Lopez's revelatory, nuanced, and emotional turn as a brilliant con artist and better exotic dancer is no joke."
The protestors outside the Hustlers premiere aren’t the only people asking JLo to stop wearing fur. A woman named Sarah Case has started a petition on Change.org in which she urges the Latin star to reconsider her use of animal pelts. After detailing how animals suffer when killed for their skins, she takes aim at Lopez, saying she is one of the most prominent celebrities that support the use of fur. Adding that she has been seen wearing fur on magazine covers, in music videos, and at awards shows and that she uses fur in her fashion line.
The petition, which has been signed by more than 1,500 people so far, ends by asking, “Please join us in asking Jennifer Lopez to stop using fur, thus saving the lives of millions of innocent animals.”