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.
In France, some fursuiters are also in the party scenes of the movie “Babysitting”.
That movie comedy was quite popular in France, had very good critics and won major prices from the french cinema industry . 🙂
It will be available on 19th august on DVD/BR in France. It was released in Italy and few other european countries with everytime good ratings.
That’s super cool – I’d love to hear more, or post anything else you can share about it 🙂
I feel furries need respect so we don’t feel like we are doing anything wrong when people look at us differently. Some of us feel more alive as our fursona. Yes, society views it as wrong, but this is who we are we cant change that. Society has taught us not to be different. being different isn’t bad, its just that some people cant accept it I want to live to see the day furries gain respect.
Dear DogPatch Press, My name is Jacob “Wild Side” Williams. Founder/Promoter/ and Chairmen of Anthro Championship Wrestling and to answer your question in the article above respect will come to the furry fandom because I am going to give the fandom something that the fuzz balls what they have been crying out for. I have seen it on furaffinity. I have seen it on DeviantArt. I have seen it at furcons and no one has taken what they are saying seriously but I have heard them and I Jacob “Wild Side” Williams will deliver. In 3 more years as I build up an unstoppable juggernaut and unleash its raw feral energy on the fandom in the year 2020. The furry fandoms first and only professional wrestling fed. A.C.W. Anthro Championship Wrestling. https://youtu.be/L_01y5pkdvk