So, here is something that I have not done in awhile…but, it’s talking about Furries in the media. For those that might not have come to my blog often, I have made a few posts in the past where I would watch something on the news…and really point out how the media lied and really made a bad impression on the world about what this fandom is and what it is truly about.
After one or two times of doing this, I kind of made it my mission that whenever I would see furries in the actual media, I would then write something of a review or critique on that video and show how the media represented the fandom…point out the “flaws” and kinda show why certain areas were incorrect and how furries can later combat questions if people use these media videos as reference to their curiosities.
Anyways, I remembered once seeing a section on “My Strange Addictions” (I actually really like the show) about Furries/Fursuits. Having been taking a break from the fandom and still rather uneducated about it at the time, I really thought nothing of it. In fact, the passage I saw on it had a girl and her boyfriend wearing fursuit heads and chasing each other through the park. Well, I decided to look it up.
I did not find the part about the girl and her boyfriend. But, what I did find was a video clip about the beginning / on the furry called “Kira” and how TLC labelled her fursuiting as a ‘fetish’.
Here is the video:
Now, watching that…it was just a small clip. But, did you notice anything strange? I mean, first I think we must address the most important thing…and that is that “Furry is not a fetish”
Now I can already hear the trolls and people uneducated within the fandom saying: “But, it IS a fetish! Furry porn and murrsuits…blah, blah, blah.”
Yes. Yes, I am quite aware these things exist. But so does Steven Universe porn (ugh) and MLP porn as well. But are those fetishes? No. They are fandoms. They are things people enjoy as a hobby and past-time. But, there is always that 10-15% that turn it into something sexual. That’s just how people work. So even when they roll their eyes and say that “not all furries” is a bad way to start an argument…well, how else should we start it? Tell you to check the fucking numbers and statistics? Maybe talk to an actual furry and fucking educate yourself?
Because seriously…this fandom is only the liking of anthropomorphic animals and the sharing of art. All the sex, fetishes, and other things are sub-sets of the fandom that do not apply to the majority.
So, already TLC has made it easy for people to look down on this fandom as something that is “wrong” that is “twisted and deranged” because they labelled it as a ‘fetish’. This was only to get views of course…but what they fail to care about is that they are putting a dark cloud on a lot of people that are actually pretty normal and do not even delve into the darker side of the fandom. And it opens the floodgates to trolls, to bullies, and to hate…which is not what anyone in this fandom wants.
But, did you notice anything else? Weird behavior? Doing stuff that even regular fursuiters don’t really do?
As a fursuiter myself…I can tell you that there are some things I would never think to do in my fursuit. Like, why is she waving at traffic? The first time I saw the action I thought it was odd. Are furries performers? Yes! Do they like to entertain people? Of course! But we don’t do it by standing around waving at people or trying to distract them! Why act for people that can not stop and enjoy you? Why throw yourself out there when it can not be appreciated? It might seem odd to say and might not make sense to a lot of people…but fursuits are meant to draw people in. To get people to stop, to laugh, smile, take pictures…be silly. They are not meant to be a distraction to those that are busy, they are not meant to just stand around and act like they are trying to get you to eat at a new fast food joint or get your taxes done by a specific company. They are NOT mascots…
So, already this was odd…
And then reading a book?! Are you kidding me???
Even though the holes in her eyes were open…fursuiter vision is very limited. And I can not imagine reading a book in one. It doesn’t make sense! I don’t even think I could turn pages with my paws on…it just looked so…weird, out-of-place.
And I was not the only one that noticed either. Plenty of furries actually commented saying that certain things looked forced or did not make any sense for a fursuiter. They could tell that some behaviors did not really match up with what furries actually did half the time.
Even Aberguine the Furry-YouTuber was able to point out some things they noticed just from this small clip:
But we notice these things because we are actually furries…we know these things because we are an ACTUAL part of the fandom, so, weird behaviors are very easy to spot. But, what about the general public?
Well, as you can imagine, it was a lot of people saying that this ‘fetish’ was disgusting and needed to die…and then there were the typical jokes about drinking bleach as well. Then there were those talking about how being a Furry was the same as bestiality and zoophilia (one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to this fandom) and people talking about that one furry friend they had that was a freak because they just happened to be a murrsuiter…so that’s the only side of the fandom they had ever known.
The only relief was that most of the comments were pretty laid back, and even non-furries mostly expressed that this was tame in comparison to the other addictions they had seen on the show. But, it does not change the fact that it shed negative light on our fandom…and the worst part?
THE WHOLE THING WAS A FAKE!!!!
The Furry? She was real…she was an actual furry and a fursuiter. But, when casted to do the show, she had no idea it was about addictions and fetishes. She only knew it had to do with strange hobbies…and she thought that by joining in on this show that she could spread a positive look and vibe on the furry fandom. It was noble, for sure…
…and everything was going good at first: until she signed TLC’s contract.
That’s when she became their puppet, their actor…and she said that everything she was trying to do went up in smokes because she had to do what they wanted her to and they controlled every part of the show from the minute she put pen to paper.
She posted about the experience on her Furaffinity Account 3-years ago…and asked people to stop trying to spotlight the fandom to try and make a positive impression…because the media was not going to help you, rather, they were going to twisted everything for shock value so that they could get the ratings and earn the money.
You can read her statement HERE / and below (for those that do not have an FA):
That Dr. Phil thing going around? Avoid it. All media is just whack, but shows like this are out for nothing but drama and exploitation and going off of those “bad” vibes. They want shock and awe, and they’ll turn you into their puppet. Don’t think you can be a hero or come out clean, because you won’t. I promise you, you won’t.
Take a look at the “titles” of talk shows. Do you hate your family members? Are you a binge drinker? Did your boyfriend sleep with your mom? Were you abused? Do you not know who the father of your kid is? Are you 13 and pregnant? They want shock value! They want people to go “Holy shit, this person is insane! I gotta see this!”. They don’t want a seemingly normal kid to come on there and talk about some quirky hobby they have for 30 minutes. They want over-the-top shit that will keep people watching and talking about you for as long as possible.
I hate bringing up the past, especially this part of it, but believe me on this. I was on TLC’s My Strange Addiction back in 2009. I went on for the sole purpose of bringing a positive image onto the fandom. The show seemed so innocent, saying they were just interested in talking about my hobby, the making of fursuits and the fun, cute things. Once I was under contract, they told me it was about harmful addictions, but I couldn’t do anything. I was contracted. I became an actor. Well, more of a puppet, I should say. They told me what to say, what to do, made me do things I openly resisted against (running around in a muddy forest in white fur, jumping over sticks and rocks and risking my safety? Waving at cars in the middle of a busy intersection? Running around in a busy strip mall disturbing people’s daily outings for laughs that were never had? Going to a state park where there were huge crowds of people and walking flight upon flight of stairs in suit just for footage of peoples reactions?), but they had me on a ball and chain and I was toted around like a prop. Nothing good can come of it. They tell you “Oh, it’ll be fun and cute! We’re not gonna talk about anything bad or weird, don’t worry.” But once they have you, they’ll take it and run, and they will lie and lie until you start to believe it and go with it. You’ll come in thinking it’ll be all fine and dandy and “I’ll show them! I’ll be the turning point, I’ll make furries look awesome!” but they are powerful, and you’ll have no say in what happens once the tapes go into editing. They’ll make a fool out of you, just like anyone who gets excited about these things and tries out for shits and giggles, or even for the most innocent, positive intentions. They turned my life story into a mockery, and into an excuse for my “problem” that I never had.
Just don’t do it, for the sake of yourself and the community and everything. I fucked up for all of us once when i was young and naive and it sucked. Badly. I don’t want to see anyone else going through it.
Being told to lie…to make a fool of yourself. Made to do things harmful to your health, your safety in general, and doing things harmful to your suit? She was under contract…and could do nothing else…and worse, they made her family lie as well.
Sure, she got compensation in the form of money…but even she said it was a mistake because she knew it was going to reflect negatively on the fandom that she obviously adored.
Every time I hear or see of someone ‘talking to the news’ about furries…hoping to set a positive image for the fandom, it always goes wrong. One person who commented on Laura’s blog post said that National Geographic (or someone like that) came to a fur meet to talk about the fandom, but promptly left when they realized that furries in real life are actually pretty boring…and they are actually pretty normal.
I have only seen ONE positive outlook on Furries in the media just ONE (you can find it HERE) // this was the first and only time that furries were shown for what they really are…and they even showcased a very famous fursuit maker. The person doing the interviews even got into a suit! And she had a blast!!! But this show? It’s just like all the rest…
News teams often find the weirdest person in a group of furries and they use this person to market the whole fandom to the world. Even the chlorine attack at a convention was laughed at because they chose to talk to the guy that was constantly “in character” and he basically made us all look like we were crazy and living in some lala-land. And when that isn’t happening…they choose a furry that also identifies as Therian or Otherkin…and they express how they don’t feel “completely human”…another misrepresentation and misconception of the fandom since we don’t all think we are animals.
It’s sad…and sure the episode is old…but, it’s a problem still happening today. Recently the Alamo City Furry Invasion was contacted by a news-team doing a show on weird hobbies and the leader of the convention accepted the invitation. I’m still waiting to see how all that goes since, according to the leader of the convention, the news promised not to make furries look bad.
So you might just be seeing a blog on that in the future to see if they got their facts straight.
Anyways, sorry for the negativity…it just always gets me so fired up to see these things in the media. Either way, I thank you all so much for watching!
More “Female Fursuiter Month” posts are coming! So be on the lookout for those!
As always, thank you all for your continued support and as always, I will see you all in the next blog! 😉