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Celebrity Slam - A bone to pick with Aaron Carter

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We have a lot of fun here at Celebrity Slam. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had from taking potshots at the idiocy of the rich and famous. We love tossing out liberal doses of scorn and derision at the stupid things that celebrities say and do. But it’s all in good fun.

Every once in a while, though, an item lands on our radar that we find genuinely off-putting. Granted, we don’t tend to delve into the seedy and sad behaviors of celebs – there are certain things that simply aren’t funny, and so we tend to avoid them – but there are occasionally stories that are both unpleasant and very much worthy of our attention.

And this week, we’ve got one.

Specifically, we’re going to talk about Aaron Carter. Why are we talking about Aaron Carter? Because word on the street is that he’s got some sort of d-bag grift going involving dogs – and we will not have anyone mistreating dogs, because dogs are the best thing and they deserve to be loved, not exploited.

Here’s the deal. Carter posted a video to Instagram Live over the weekend featuring an English bulldog that he apparently got from a Los Angeles animal shelter. In the video, he says the following:

“This is my new buddy. So by the way, if I can’t keep him, I am going to be listing him. He’s 10 months old, and he’s running for $3,500. So if anybody wants to give my English bulldog (a home), I rescue him and I find him homes. So if anyone wants to have my English bulldog, he’s being sold for $3,500.”

He also makes reference to another dog that he “couldn’t keep.”

As you might imagine, the idea that Carter would be “rescuing” dogs, only to turn around and sell them for exorbitant prices – likely because they’re now “previously owned by Aaron Carter” – rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Among the angered were the folks at the animal care center from which Carter got the dog just a couple of days prior – the Lancaster Animal Care Center took to their own Instagram page to announce that they were looking into it.

Carter claims that the whole thing is a big misunderstanding, tweeting:

“I think it’s ap[p]alling that I actually even have to explain myself I’ve rescued many dogs & found many dogs homes. what I said in my Instagram live video was a joke. Find one dog that I adopted and sold for money, be my guest. WONT HAPPEN. I’m a good person and i deserve respect.”

Carter went on to add that he makes millions of dollars and why would he even have to sell a dog to make money and everyone is totally stupid for even suggesting it before talking about the size of his house and how he would start taking legal action against anyone slandering his name and blah blah blah.

Here’s the thing: We don’t believe him. At all.

(At this point, we should repeat that we are HUGE dog lovers here and find anyone who hurts or exploits them to be reprehensible human garbage. We apologize in advance for any perceived overreaction in the paragraphs to follow.)

If this is a joke, it’s a really s----y one; anyone with genuine affection for an animal wouldn’t go there. This is a dog that you JUST rescued – on what planet is it a good look to go on the internet and talk about how much you can sell the poor guy for?

You claim to not be in it for the money, and yet you drop a dollar figure several times over the course of the video. Why do that if you aren’t conscious of the cash that you’re looking for? And of course, that leaves aside the fact that most shelters have contracts that discourage precisely this kind of asinine resale effort.

Regardless of whether or not this is a joke – and it’s not; dude’s only saying that because he got called out for being a jackhole – there’s no disputing that this is a real trashbag maneuver. The notion of that sweet little dog being exploited in such a way so soon after believing that he had found a forever home is just reprehensible.

It might be legal, but it’s still wrong.

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