Furries are winning Emmys and Youtube Creator Awards.
Guest post by Arrkay from Culturally F’d, the furry youtube channel.
With all the fire and ‘furry’ in the news, I think we should take a break from the political hardship to look at some awesome positive activity that’s been going on in the fandom. So let’s see what Furry has to celebrate lately:
“Vix N dwnq” reaches 100,000 Subscribers on YouTube
A milestone for the fandom. While not the first YouTuber who is a furry to gain the “Silver Play Button”, such as “Your Movie SucksDOTorg” and others, Rika and her channel Vix N dwnq is the first fursuiting channel to gain this level of success on her own merit. She wasn’t raised to this point by collaborating with mainstream YouTuber’s or by an aggressive marketing campaign. Instead her genuine fun in fursuit videos have gotten there organically, and she’s not alone. Majira Strawberry and Kero The Wolf are quick behind her which shows that this isn’t a single one-off event but a trend of rising Furry stars on the YouTube platform. It’s a big win for the fandom, and especially those on YouTube.
IT IS TIME GUYS pic.twitter.com/IcBTLPco2W— Grookey the Avacado Furby (@VixNdwnq) August 16, 2017
Take all the furries attending cons last year and DOUBLE IT #100KFurries @tallfuzzball @VixNdwnq @KerotheWolf pic.twitter.com/NVfFAMnH9B— Culturally F'd! @FE2019 (@CulturallyFd) July 23, 2017
The most popular artists on FA have ~70K subscribers. Furry YouTubers are topping that! #100KFurries @tallfuzzball @VixNdwnq @KerotheWolf— Culturally F'd! @FE2019 (@CulturallyFd) July 23, 2017
Astounding subscription numbers. Could fill stadiums like The Rose Bowl, or LA Coliseum #100KFurries @tallfuzzball @VixNdwnq @KerotheWolf pic.twitter.com/XeAPberz8g— Culturally F'd! @FE2019 (@CulturallyFd) July 23, 2017
Documentary maker Eric Risher Receives an Emmy
So this arrived yesterday. I'm still in great disbelief, but I'm honored to announce that I'm officially the owner of an Emmy Award. 😱😊🎉 pic.twitter.com/ehElMsCBh7— Eric (Ash) @TFF (@FurryFilmmaker) August 22, 2017
The Emmy award that Eric received is for his editing work on “Insight with John Ferrugia: Surviving Suicide“. Eric is the mastermind behind “Furries: A Documentary” which saw some success in the film-festival racket and even got a major distribution deal. The creator has also been working on short-format online videos like this amazing “Art Jam” video, the first of many we hope.
This is just in the past few weeks of course. You could argue that Zootopia’s Oscar win counts toward fandom recognition and of course we have had writers and artists receive other prestigious awards such as Ursula Vernon’s “Digger” series getting a Hugo award. I think this is yet another sign of mainstream acceptance of our quirky fandom. In a recent Vice Media Special on the fandom, Cooper/Roach said this:
“If you look back in fandom history, people were calling Trekkies weird, Trekkies were the weird thing. Being huge into Star Trek or huge into Star Wars was freaky. Now it’s casual. It’s like an initiation process for every different fandom or different lifestyle or hobby. It’s going to go through a period where it’s made fun of for quite a while or beat to shit and then it’s going to basically be accepted”
I think we’re nearing this breaking point of acceptance in pop-culture. Big companies are noticing us. Walmart, Hot Topic and Target are all selling what are essentially cheap fursuit heads and kigurumi’s, and Chinese mass-production facilities are stealing our very fursonas out of our paws. As a fandom our press coverage has never been more positive or well informed. As Furry becomes more known and accepted, it becomes easier for Furries to share their large portfolios and get meaningful, paid work out of it. As more furries see mainstream recognition, it gets much less awkward to share your weird hobby. Everyone benefits when they can be open and comfortable and taking on the bigger and better opportunities coming from it.
It’s a good time to be a furry.
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As soon as I saw Vice publish one positive article after another on us (esp. 2015/2016), that signaled to me that the tide had definitely turned. They may have been on our side even earlier, considering those quirky but seemingly sincere pieces on Bad Dragon and Swampy T Fox. Not to mention their thorough and empathetic coverage of the gas attack. The whole city of Pittsburgh is one thing, but I daresay having a major press outlet have our back is an even bigger deal.
And speaking of Bad Dragon, it’s doubly heartening to see them get not just invited but featured at every single fetish/sex con I’ve never heard of. What a time to be alive.
I have mixed feelings of being glad and being worried; Glad because obviously this means we’re on our way to not being a hated marginalized group in society, worried because this world is seriously not ready for a group like us to be any more widely known of than it already is.