Is there a psychological explanation for furries

"Furries" and police nonprofits are engaging in bizarre arguments online

Disputes that are difficult to understand on social media are basically nothing new, as the Austrian political Twitter bubble proves with constant regularity. But the level of bizarre can also be increased, as an ongoing conflict in the USA shows.

Here, too, it is largely about Twitter. On the one hand there is the National Police Association (NPA), a nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting the police, but whose motives are at least doubted by some police chiefs. On the other hand, there are "furries", people who like to dress in costumes ("fursuits") of "anthropomorphic" - in the specific case: humanized - animals for the purpose of role play.

Inexplicable Twitter blocks

According to the scene page "Dogpatch", the conflict was sparked by the fact that the official NPA account on Twitter had blocked numerous furries there, which then could no longer respond directly to postings by the organization. However, this did not only affect users who had criticized the NPA in the past. It is said that many users suddenly found themselves on the ban list who had never interacted with the NPA account before.

However, the NPA denies that furries are being blocked indiscriminately. Sometimes when people put obscene content under NPA postings, not only would they be blocked, but accounts they were following would also be blocked, it said. It is possible that some of these users are furries and have really tried to block them.

Furries strike back

In the furry community, of course, one sees things differently and suspects either a bored social media manager with furry antipathy or an approach dictated by the management out of political aversion to the animal costume wearers. With a few right-wing extremist exceptions, the scene is clearly on the left side of the spectrum, explains a furry with the pseudonym "Asswolf" to The Daily Beast. This can also be explained by the fact that many members identify as LGBT, who are repeatedly attacked politically by the right in the USA.

However, the Furries have now reached out to counterattack. According to the NPA, it is currently not possible to retweet tweets from the authorities because the answers cannot be restricted and "explicit images" quickly accumulate underneath. However, the Daily Beast was hardly able to discover any "pornographic" content when it looked through it, but it did find numerous anti-police memes.

Fraud allegations back in the spotlight

The online community, which is not exactly conflict-averse, is also bringing the allegations against the NPA back into the spotlight as part of the conflict. People like to share an article in the Indianapolis Star in which police officers refer to the NPA as a "scam". The occasion was a fundraising campaign in Trenton (Michigan) to raise funds for the purpose of fighting crime in 2019.

Where the money ended up in the end, apart from the NPA itself, remained unclear. In addition, an alleged vice president of the organization turned up in the course of the research, who said he had never had anything to do with her. The campaign was organized by an Indiana prosecutor's fraud investigator.

According to the tax records for 2018, the NPA took in just under $ 2.3 million that year. The money was invested in covering own expenses, professional fundraising services and postage costs. At least four regional police authorities have officially distanced themselves from the NPA. So far, however, the organization seems to have benefited from the conflict. Between Tuesday and Wednesday alone, you could gain 1000 followers on Twitter.

Dealing with the police and police work is also a contentious issue within the furry community. For example, after a violent police operation against a demonstration in Boston in 2016, there was heated discussion about whether to continue donating money to a nonprofit organization that buys vests for police dogs. Likewise, two fronts arose around the question of whether it was appropriate to dress as a police dog at furry events. (red, December 31, 2020)