My recent post about the alleged source code leaks affecting Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made the rounds on Twitter and made someone very mad, so I got hate DMs.
…Look, I only said I got hate DMs, not that I got interesting or particularly effective hate DMs! Weak troll is weak, I know.
A lot of people online claim they “hate furries”, but almost none of them quite understand how prolific our community is, let alone how important we are to the Internet. As Stormi the Folf puts it…
What Stormi’s alluding to is true, and that’s a tale best told by an outsider to our community.
So I’d like take the time to explain why nobody should ever underestimate the ingenuity or positivity of the furry community.
The Furry Fandom Has Saved Lives
Although the furry fandom is widely misunderstood, it’s difficult to overstate how many lives have been saved and enriched by our community.
Furries Provide Much-Needed Comfort to Others
In 2016, refugees from the civil war in Syria ended up in a hotel in Canada. This would have been an utterly remarkable fact if it wasn’t the same hotel and weekend as the local furry convention, Vancoufur.
The kids loved it.
This isn’t an isolated incident either. Our community is well-known for kindness and generosity in spades.
What’s there to hate?
The Furry Fandom is Collectively Pretty Bad-Ass
No, not like that.
The fandom is bad-ass in as many ways as the fandom is incredibly diverse.
Some of the Most Talented People You’ll Ever Meet Are Furries
Artists and costume makers: I could literally link to hundreds of artists here. Follow me on Twitter; I retweet a lot of cute stuff.
Pretty much everything you could aspire to be that isn’t also terrible, if you look hard enough, you’ll find furries in the leaderboards having a fun time with it all.
The only reason to hate furries is thinly-veiled homophobia, because only about 25% of furries are heterosexual.
Why So Curious?
If I’ve made you curious about our community, and now you want to learn more about us, I’ve got you.
Psychology Today: What’s the Deal with Furries?
Furry Fandom Documentary When?
Ash Coyote is releasing a documentary about our subculture soon, titled The Fandom. You can find out more about it on her YouTube channel.
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