Media reports on alcohol and 'simulated sex' at NJ FurBQ
The New Jersey FurBQ, which has run since 2005, has been 'permanently' cancelled after allegations of 'simulated sex' between fursuiters and the presence of alcohol were raised at a town-hall meeting. Reports of the events have since appeared in local media.
The event, typically held bi-annually on the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, was a fundraiser for the Twin “W” First Aid Squad, and was held May 26 on the grounds outside their premises, attracting "almost 200", including over thirty fursuiters. A few weeks later, organizers announced that there would be no further instances of the event.
An article in the Times of Trenton relates the allegations; those concerning alcohol were commented on by the major of West Windsor Township. The matter has also been raised by a local Fox affiliate, using footage appropriated from a furry fan.
80 donors have since given almost $3000 to the squad – ten times the amount reportedly raised at the FurBQ itself. However, this is a small fraction of the funds formerly donated by the township, and now at risk.
Emphasis: No evidence has been provided to substantiate the claim of inappropriate activity; the media reports are based on claims by town officials, and now-withdrawn FA journals.
The FurBQ promised:
5 LIVE DJs!, fursuit games, lawn and party games, private headless lounge with A/C and water!, Razor's Food Court, [and] Shortwave's 'Tiki' Bar (full service liquor and beer)
Judging by the event announcement and preliminary advice, alcohol was served to those over 21 with ID. Similarly, while the alleged photographs have yet to emerge, it is not unknown for costumed furs to playfully act as if having sex in the company of other furs, even without being drunk. Fursuiters were recorded clearly having a good time on an obscenity-filled video. The prior year also saw a fire truck pulled by a fursuiter.
In a now-withdrawn journal, event co-organizer Razor Wulff made several statements which influenced the story in the media:
Yes, there is graphic photographic evidence of "inappropriate fursuit extra-curriculars" taking place on a vehicle, in front of the building in broad daylight during the BBQ. There were kids and a town council member who witnessed this. The pictures were filed at a PUBLIC town council meeting and are now being investigated by the Mayor, Chief of Police, and the squad.
No evidence of these claims has been provided, and the presence of the council member at the event has been denied by another attendee. Nevertheless, this initial report elicited strong reactions from furs – over 800 comments in four hours, including members of staff from Confuzzled and Camp Feral who sought the two fursuiters' identities so that they could be banned from future events.
Razor also initially said that:
Not only were [the squad] the subject of humiliation at a public town meeting but $55,000 was stripped from their annual budget and they are no longer receiving the "go ahead" to order 2 new ambulances...which the squad was pressing for in order to remain in service.
The Times of Trenton subsequently reported that $45,000 was donated annually to the Twin "W" by the Township, recently raised from $30,000. Township attorney Mike Herbert was quoted as saying that "[this inappropriate behavior] will never happen again, and if it does, then the relationship between the township and the Twin W will have to be re-evaluated" – implying that it may not yet have been materially altered.