Is this the year furries gain respect?
by Patch O'Furr
Pro wrestling is fake! Anyone with “good taste” sneers at it, right? But if wrestling is fake fighting, they do real falling. That’s tough performance. As Roger Ebert said, the sport isn’t real, but the activity is.
“The Wrestler”, 2008 movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, impressed me more than 99% of movies I’ve ever seen. It earned about as much love from pro movie critics. It impressed me by showing the humanity of a despised “bad taste” subject. It wiped sneers off faces and put a headlock on your heart. (Ha.)
I love furries the same way. Wrestling doesn’t get much respect, and neither do they. But some “Low culture” thrives when it’s disregarded by the mainstream. Freedom comes with insulation from notice. Wikipedia names: “escapist fiction, kitsch, slapstick, camp, toilet humor, yellow journalism, pornography, and exploitation films”. Comics used to be considered trash. Add wrestling, and Furry.
I’d love to see furries treated as worthy characters for a movie that’s even remotely as well done as The Wrestler. Is this the year it’s starting to happen? Are furries getting more respect… at least as a niche demographic for movies?
These movies recently crossed my radar:
- The Animal Project and Finsterworld: Indie, art house movies that use animal costuming to dig into psychology of characters.
- Wish I was Here: Zach Braff’s indie comedy-drama is putting a furry character on big screens. (Maybe not well, but it’s there.)
- Guardians of the Galaxy: “MARVEL LOOKING TO CAPTURE THE FURRY MARKET?”
- Zootopia: Disney may make the furriest movie since Robin Hood.
Respect isn’t a big deal…
When the dreaded “media” sends attention towards furries – any time they even try – a storm of sensitivity swirls around it. The more extreme it gets, the more it resembles insecurity.
In my opinion, activities are worthy in themselves. Furries don’t need validation to be cool… other people are missing out on the coolness they already have. If you enjoy a hobby, it shouldn’t depend on impressing people who don’t.
… but it could set cool things in motion.