Michael Vick's Comedy Explosion Draws Protesters in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT (KTAL) - Michael Vick's comedy tour came to Shreveport's Strand Theatre but there was also a show outside, two groups staging two different protests.

Emily Daye started the animal rights facebook protest against Vick and said, "I couldn't believe my ears when i heard that Michael Vick was coming to The Strand. When I verified that it was true i felt like i had to do something so i started the page and the response has been overwhelming."

Vick plead guilty to dog fighting charges in 2007 and was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Dorian Ford, leader of the Michael Vick Forgiveness Rally said, "I do not uphold what he did at all, however, i do stand strongly for forgiveness."

Ford says Vick has paid his debt to society and stopping Vick from performing would only take money away from Shreveport.

"Cruelty to animals in still a huge problem, much bigger than probably most people understand it to be and if we keep worshiping celebrities that do wrong things, specifically cruelty to animals, then what does that say to our children?", said Daye.

But Ford said "For me, for you to hate him for what you feel like he did to the dog, you feel like he showed cruelty and hate to the dog but you're doing the exact same thing to him. So the only way for you to resitute hate or to correct hate is through love and that's what we're doing. We're counteracting that hate with love."

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