A live camel standing next to Micky’s WeHo was used to promote HUMP Middle Eastern Night. Some community members expressed outrage saying the promotion backfired and animal lovers called the publicity stunt animal cruelty, in poor taste, and unnecessary; while others didn’t see anything wrong with it and found the randomness of a live camel in WeHo kind of funny.
“While it’s wonderful to see Weho FINALLY acknowledge the many HOT middle eastern men in this city, this is disappointing,” posted @martincaution. “I always thought of Weho as an animal friendly city, especially being the first city in the world to ban the sale of fur.”
“This is so unnecessary and inappropriate,” wrote @4f0rty4 “That poor animal.”
Others debated that they didn’t see anything wrong with it, pointing out that the Camel was not being mishandled or abused. The animal was fenced in away from the people passing by and it stood in front of Block Party and not in front of Micky’s WeHo dance club next door.
“This was fantastic marketing as well as respectful, and thoughtfulness to the camel,” wrote @mr_cruz_mpa. “He was calm, had water, and with his trainer of many years. I was there and all was within reason. Were you there?? Everything was fine, stop being so dramatic. 🐫 🐪”
“It was fun, it was cute, and the promoters [did] everything they could to make it a fun night,” wrote dacianroman.
Then there were those who saw the live camel as random ridiculousness on Santa Monica Boulevard on a Wednesday night, so they cracked jokes.
“Aww, I hope someone gave him a cigarette,” wrote xalexbanx.
“Who did Joe go home with?” added eduardobravorealtor.
It turns out, the camel’s name is Joe, according to his handler. He was there for two hours from 9pm to 11pm on Wednesday. Joe was just there for pictures. No one was allowed to touch him or ride him.
Hump Middle Eastern Night happens once a month at Micky’s WeHo from 9 p.m to 2 a.m.. Last night’s event was a Full Moon party –Featuring C.3 playing House Music. The also night featured a Belly Dance Show by Sababa Dance. There were sexy go go dancers, and the bartenders were dressed by Paice Atelie. There was also a special performance by The Alengandro Queen.