Terror, Teens, and Furaffinity — How a chain of violent hate incidents links to furry fandom.
by Patch O'Furr
The biggest furry art site FurAffinity is hosting promotion for a neo-nazi mass shooter. Brenton Tarrant shot 100 people in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019. Tarrant came from internet radicalizing. He used 8chan to broadcast hate, and is now a far-right extremist hero for copycats around the world. FurAffinity has been closing many reports about it, including mine and others that tipped off this story. Furaffinity’s Code of Conduct (2.7) says: “Do not identify with or promote real hate or terrorist organizations and their ideologies.” They refuse to enforce it.
- TAKE ACTION: Send this to @FurAffinity and owner @IMVU and ask them to enforce their policy. Also tip media who have covered hate groups in the fandom before: @RollingStone, @Newsweek, @Vice, @HuffPost or @TheDailyBeast.
- While this story won’t get into COVID-19, the US government warns that extremists consider it an opportunity for recruiting and terrorism.
In Furaffinity’s policy, “organizations” may be a weasel-word to dismiss this as an isolated thing. Treating this as “just art” helps the goal of radicalizing — to worm inside with lying that hate isn’t tied to violence, and violence comes from “lone wolves”. (A goal to provoke, but deny it.)
Single data points make a much bigger chain. When insiders refuse to recognize it or do anything to help, they pass off responsibility to outside sources. This story will be one of those sources, along with FBI docs and current mainstream news that link a fringe of furry fandom to violent hate.