Members of the “Furry” community, enthusiasts who dress up in costumes and adopt animal personas– the majority of whom are LGBTQ and engage in sexual acts while in costume, have long claimed they are victims of discrimination and outcasts of society.
Yet, after news that right-wing firebrand and former Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos planned on attending the Midwest FurFest convention in Chicago, to embrace his “fursona” as a snow leopard, began to circulate on social media, organizers of the event canceled the gay, right-leaning political commentator’s event registration.
“Hate is not welcome at Midwest FurFest,” Matt Berger, an organizer for the massive furry gathering, said in a statement, responding to a slew of complaints from “furries” online. “Midwest FurFest can confirm that Mr. Yiannopoulos has registered for the event this year. While the convention generally does not comment on anyone’s registration status, Mr. Yiannopoulos has already stated as much publicly.”
“The board of Midwest Furry Fandom, consistent with our posted code of conduct, has rescinded Mr. Yiannopoulos’s registration,” the statement continued. “He is not welcome to attend this or any future Midwest FurFest event.”
The convention posted a statement warning it rescinded Yiannopoulos’ registration because the gay conservative’s attendance could “lead to an inability to provide a safe and welcoming experience for convention participants.”
Yiannopoulos posted a screenshot of his response to the fur fest organizers on his Telegram channel, announcing his plans to attend the event in spite of his registration being revoked.
But the Fur community’s discrimination warrants he wear a different costume, he quipped.
“A furry con is a cross between a family reunion, a professional conference, a rave, an unruly mob, and a pride parade (furries have a disproportionately large number of LGBTQ members),” Cracked reports. “Events ranged from a poutine social to board games to karaoke to BDSM tutorials to sessions on puppy play. Some people spend eight hours selling their creations, which could be anything from art to witchcraft supplies to tails, then dance and drink until 4:00 a.m.
The former Breitbart tech writer has been banned by virtually every mainstream social media platform. He was banned from Twitter in 2016, where he had hundreds of thousands of followers.
He was subsequently permanently suspended from Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram in 2019. Facebook justified censoring the right-wing provocateur arguing, “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
“I’ve just been told Amazon is deliberately not re-ordering the How To Be Straight paperback from my publisher,” he said. “It’s already out of stock and no longer available with Prime, only through third-party sellers who take two weeks to ship anything. Some people have been waiting weeks for a copy already, and Amazon customer service is lying to people who call.”
“These petty attacks are like constant background radiation. I am dealing with 50 of them at any given instant,” he continued. “You will never even hear about most of them. Most of the time I don’t bother to publicize because it just sucks time from dealing with the next one.”
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