This past weekend, the Furries crashed for a few days in Pittsburgh, with what’s become a yearly summer ritual like the arts festival or the regatta. For those who don’t know, Furries are people who dress up as animals for “fun.”
While Furries are hoping to shed the negative stigma with their name (mascots who want to get “busy”), some people aren’t fond of them or are a little afraid of them. I actually was one of the latter.
In fact, I have a terrible fear of humans that dress up as animals, which means for most of my life I have avoided musicals like Cats and TV shows like “Zoobilee Zoo.”
However, I conquered my fear by driving around the Convention Center in Pittsburgh and getting up close to a Furry in its natural habitat.
We pulled the car up very quietly, as you do not want to anger them. After I demurely asked for a photo, this particular Furry struck a pose without making a sound, making me wonder if maybe there wasn’t a human beneath the get-up.
I’m not gonna lie. It was still slightly disturbing to me, but I realized the Furries are harmless. We should all just let them be and not try to cage them. . .into creepy stereotypes.