Many social justice activists love animals. But some of them really, really love animals (see Trans-Species? Meet the Grown Men Who Identify as Dogs…). Take this Democrat councilman from Connecticut, Scott Chamberlain, for instance. He has a fascination with all things furred and four-legged. You may be familiar with those who fancy the anthropomorphic, they’re oft referred to as “Furries.” Well this guy’s Furry fetish came to light recently. Aaaand it wasn’t long before he quit his job.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Chamberlain had never made a secret of his deep involvement in Furry Fandom. a subculture of adults who dress in mascot-like animal costumes, attend roleplaying conventions and interact regularly online.
But an uproar ensued when a town resident posted on a community Facebook page several screenshots of Chamberlain’s profile from a private website catering to “furries,” many of whom participate in or write about unusual sexual practices.
Chamberlain, whose avatar is a foxlike character named “Gray Muzzle,” said his participation in furry fandom is mostly about appreciation of animal characters with human behaviors and features.
Okay, so it’s pretty creepy and belongs on /r/cringe. But as long as no laws were broken, what a man does in his own dog house is his business. It gets worse though…
[His] profile includes a list of Chamberlain’s “loves,” “likes” and “hates,” some sexual in nature, but also said that he “tolerates” rape.
“It’s nothing to do with sex; it’s an interest in cartoon animals,” said the first-term Democrat who was up for re-election.
Yeah, nothing to do with sex. Except, oops, he forgot to mention the rape part. Small detail!
He made sure to later clarify he doesn’t like rape, he just “tolerates” it. You know, like one might tolerate Brussels sprouts or going to the dentist.
Chamberlain had said the private site, sofurry.com, requires users to sort topics into four categories – “loves,” “likes,” “tolerates” and “hates” – to manage content sent to them. “It’s basically a search feature,” he said.
This posed a slight problem for obvious reasons. Leftists are the ones always decrying rape culture, after all. They wasted no time in harassing Mike Pence for simply refusing to have dinner alone with other women out of respect for his wife. Because sexism or something. So having a Democrat elected official who openly thinks rape is A-OK? That’s a big no-no.
Again, people are free to pursue whatever cringeworthy hobbies they please. Except not rape probably. The point is, when you’ve been elected by the people in your town, they get to decide whether or not you’re fit to represent their interests. Turns out Connecticut doesn’t have that many furry voters. Naturally, the councilman faced plenty of criticism and his colleagues called for his immediate resignation. Chamberlain tucked his tail between his legs and obliged.
Now imagine all the feminist outrage had he been conservative.
Speaking of things feminist, outraged, and furry…