Like America at large, furry culture is a community divided. Just as the so-called “alt-right” has gained momentum in human circles since the election of President Donald Trump, groups who refer to themselves as the Fur Right and Alt-Furries have reared their heads in furry circles, affixing white supremacist and ultra-conservative views to the furry bottom line of “must love dogs.”
[…] According to O’Furr, furry fandom is a perfect venue for alt-right recruiters. Just as Pepe the Frog served as a seemingly harmless, comedic package through which to promulgate racist, misogynist and xenophobic beliefs, fursonas can act as effective, hirsute fronts for extreme views. As Furry fandom member Deo elaborated in a Medium post, furry communities ― often populated by “socially awkward internet nerds” ― are prime targets for alt-right trolls, who target young people, outsiders and insecure, white men.
[…] Yet the furry fury found online has crossed the threshold into the real world. Last year’s Rocky Mountain Fur Con (RMFC), a massive furry convention, was cancelled after an alleged neo-Nazi tweeted about a plan to bring a gun to the event. A statement released by the RMFC subsequently accused the Alt-Furry community of promoting violence, noting that the security required to ensure safety at the event would be too expensive.
Although it’s not my thing, I’m not against furries. It’s people who meet up to engage in a shared love of a form of entertainment. It’s not too different from rabid sports fans online or people who go to Star Trek conventions. Live and let live.
However, I am absolutely fascinated by how toxic the alt-right is to almost every aspect of U.S. culture. Whether it’s television sitcoms, video games, or, I suppose, “furries”, the alt-right is committed to advocating social regression.