by Patch O'Furr
By Tempe O’Kun and Patch, with thanks to Tonya Song for interview questions.
Recently, AZ Rep. Kelly Townsend (a politician in the Arizona House of Representatives since 2013) stumbled into the furry fandom. She’d been threatening to sue teachers who were organizing for resources to fix a crisis in schools with leaky roofs, 25-year-old textbooks, rats in classrooms, and no budget to afford toilet paper. It all started when she responded to criticism by Pepper Coyote, a furry who happens to be a teacher in Arizona.
- Teen Vogue: Republican Politician Rep. Kelly Townsend Asked Twitter What a Furry Is
- Phoenix New Times: Representative Kelly Townsend Wants to Know What a Furry Is
please educate me as to what a furry is.— Rep. Kelly Townsend (@KellyTownsend11) May 4, 2018
Furries, as we are naturally inclined to do, welcomed the curiosity with the usual range of mostly-SFW responses. This sort of interaction happens with some regularity. Some innocent outsider happens upon the fandom, and we get to watch him or her discover the wacky world of talking animals. Sometimes they even become a loved fixture of the community like Boozy Badger.
Except that’s not what’s happening here.