by Patch O'Furr
Get ready for a big topic about toxic behavior, the cult-like groups doing it, how they’re targeting kids, and how the fandom is cutting ties with it for positive progress. This is a followup to last week’s article: “The Confederate fursuit incident shows how you can’t be a troll and a victim at the same time“. It focuses on the source of the problem:
- At Anthrocon 2017, a troll provoked drama with defenders who claimed he was being unfairly censored.
- The defense missed a basic point – he was an antagonistic outsider who was banned and didn’t register or support the con.
- It showed how trolls twist facts about consequences for bad behavior, so they can pretend to be the victims.
- Posing as victims requires a scapegoat (“SJW’s”). The misinformation is being spread like cult propaganda.
Anthrocon’s letter recognizes how the troll was pushing a “political message” on others. It’s an example of recent fandom activity by alt-right “altfurs” and their enablers. They do it with a twofaced pose that they want “freedom”, want “politics out of fandom,” and are just giving “their side”. But “their side” relies on false middle ground. (In other words, saying the earth is round doesn’t require Flat Earthers to give their side. Newspapers don’t interview vandals to get their side.) The real goal is to exploit and undermine the fandom behind a false front of “freedom”. That includes grooming and recruiting kids, trolling and harassing, dodging accountability, and worse things like welcoming literal neo-nazis (see below.)