Say what you need concerning the furry fandom nevertheless it’s turn out to be a staple of popular culture. Furries and their fursuits have appeared in shows like Lucifer and there have even been a number of award-winning documentaries concerning the distinctive subculture. Even Violent J from the Insane Clown Posse has a fursuit. Critically, furries are in every single place.
Nonetheless, not all is effectively inside the furry fandom. Way back to 2017, web sites like Rolling Stone have been reporting on the group’s potential Nazi downside and points with these in the neighborhood having ties to the alt-right. Whilst lately as 2019 alt-right figureheads like Milo Yiannopolous tried to attend the biggest conference within the fandom before being subsequently banned.
Nonetheless, it appears the group remains to be dealing with these points. AWOO Affiliation introduced on Twitter at the moment that they might be internet hosting a conference referred to as Free Fur All in Might 2022 additionally posting a video trailer for the occasion. For the reason that preliminary announcement, the fandom has been up in arms as a result of questionable individuals behind the conference and its introduced visitor of honor — each of whom have ties to the alt-right.
One of many main minds behind the conference is Nicole “Peacewolf” Reno, a self-described Conservative-Libertarian based on their Twitter account @PeaceWolfRants. Reno has beforehand confronted accusations of constructing racist, transphobic, and customarily bigoted tweets by giant elements of the furry group and has ties to a darker group — The Furry Raiders.
The Furry Raiders are an alt-right furry group lead by Lee “Foxler” Miller who’s well-known for his fursuit that includes a Nazi-esque crimson armband and whose title is a mix of the phrases fox and Hitler. Miller was previously charged with intercourse crimes in opposition to a minor and whereas expenses have been dropped, he was not confirmed harmless with an acquittal.
The Furry Raider’s ties to hate actions have been heavily documented and there are even recognized neo-nazis with membership within the group. One among their members even attended the now-infamous Charlottesville march. Reno has appeared in a Furry Raiders video as lately as June fifth, 2021, and has previously faced allegations of not taking sexual assaults significantly at a conference she beforehand labored for which has raised issues on the security of getting her head a conference.
It has been confirmed to us by an nameless supply that Reno is the artistic pressure behind the conference. It was additionally revealed to us by the identical supply that Awoo Affiliation tried to get the resort to signal an exclusivity clause which might have pressured Tails and Tornados Fur Con to discover a new host for his or her occasion, however the resort refused to take action. Additionally they claimed that Awoo Affiliation was trying to scalp AV and Audio crews from different conventions within the surrounding space.
It additionally seems that Jeffory Nightfang, Orion, and Reno’s husband who goes by Foxglove are additionally concerned in conference planning. Foxglove is known to have multiple Twitter accounts which have been allegedly used to harass individuals on Twitter. Foxglove has additionally beforehand made homophobic statements and shared his anti LGBTQ+ views on various forms of social media.
The conference’s present visitor of honor additionally has ties to The Furry Raiders. Matthew “2 Gryphon” Davis has gone as far as to say he was “going to advertise alt-furry” within a Furry Raiders chat room however that’s just the start of controversies surrounding the once-popular fandom comic.
Davis has been recorded in a number of movies and effectively as in his written “rants” saying issues that many discovered offensive about suicide, slavery, and sexual assault. He even has gone as far as to defend Foxler after he was charged with the sexual assault of a minor.
“Sadly, in 2016, his tour in comedy was thought of ‘canceled’ after being accused of being a ‘Homophobic, Transphobic, Misogynist, Racist, Nazi’ for the standard sin of publicly declaring a perception and keenness for the idea of free speech.”
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The controversy surrounding the conference doesn’t simply finish there. The group isn’t solely trying to trademark the well-used furry time period Awoo, however even the charity Free Fur All has chosen is extraordinarily questionable. Safari’s Sanctuary has confronted multiple accusations of animal abuse with the USDA beforehand revoking its license to function. A person was additionally killed after a lion-tiger hybrid mauled him to demise on the facility.
There’s even an entire Facebook group devoted to sharing details about Safari’s Sanctuary, exhibiting it even has ties to Joe Unique who turned notorious after the documentary Tiger King was launched. Nicole “Peacewolf” Reno has previously stated she volunteers for the group.
Whereas there have already been calls to get the conference canceled, there is no such thing as a phrase from the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills on if they are going to be canceling their contract with the conference at the moment. We’ll have to attend and see if the furry fandom is loud sufficient or if Free Fur All will go on as scheduled.
Replace: Sept. 1 2:40pm CT: Article up to date with further context concerning Miller’s expenses.
Replace: Sept. 1 3:00pm CT: Article up to date with further info surrounding the conference and its board of administrators.
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