Furries to be tonight's topic on 'Your Time with Kim Iverson'
Furry radio listeners might want to tune in to Your Time with Kim Iverson at 9PM Eastern tonight for a one-hour segment on furries, including a few minutes with Dr. Samuel Conway (Uncle Kage) on the topics of furry conventions and the fandom in general.
The syndicated talk radio show plays to a mostly adult-female demographic, and is broadcast by stations across the U.S., including Austin, Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Memphis, Norfolk, Portland and Wichita.
Update: Well, wasn't that fun! The premise was that furry fans were sexual costume fetishists, and Kim was loath to relinquish this concept. Eventually she allowed that perhaps furries might not be all that she'd been led to believe. "Shaun" then called in to explain that fursuits were a bit of a luxury, and emphasize that "the majority of the fandom goes [to conventions] to enjoy the artwork, the music."
Update 2: The show is now available for download. The furry segment starts at 26:14.
- "You're basically taking a fictional animal and giving it human characteristics. [...] They claim it doesn't have to be - but I guess that it is - a fetish."
- "It's kinda . . . I think it's just one step above . . . things I shouldn't talk about on radio."
- "A bunch of people dressed up in costumes - this is what we're thinking, people dressing up and having sex with each other."
- "I can't really blame people for getting that impression."
- "They began to get together, first at science fiction conventions, and then in Southern California, a bunch of people at a convention. Unfortunately, the organizers of that convention felt the way to market it was to pass it off as a big wild sex party. Whereas it drew in attendance, you'll forgive me for saying, it drew in the wrong kind of attendance. People didn't really want that, the convention started to get kind of a bad name, but there weren't any others until Anthrocon, and then many others started up."
- "This is a group of some of the most remarkable and creative people [...] a few are costumers, the rest are writers, artists, performers and simply dreamers." - "You're kinda killing my dream, Samuel! [...] All of us that think of furries and costumes, we think a bunch of people show up in costumes and they think they want to get it on!"
- "You were saying not all furries actually wear any form of costume, the rest just show up . . ." - "Exactly - folks are there to see other furries, to socialize . . . and again, it's not all about costuming; there are writers, cartoonists, voice actors, you name it."
- "What makes you a furry?" - "The capacity to dream - anybody who thinks it would be really cool for animals to walk and talk is a furry."
- "For what percentage would you say it is a sexual thing?" - "A tiny tiny percentage. What percentage of football fans would like to have sex with a footballer? [...] You have a rather unhealthy obsession with sex; you should have that looked at."
- "A reporter came in and accused me at that, and I waved my hand over at the thousands of people in the hall and said 'does it look like any one of these people has ever had sex?'"
- "Now what are you in the furry world? [What do you wear?]" - "I don't have a costume - my costume is my lab coat."
- "[What's the craziest costume you have seen?]" - "Check out Lion of the Sun - it is an amazing lion costume . . . this thing cost upwards of $10,000; there are cameras in the eys, normal and infrared; there are voice synthesizers, and the man who made it is a mechanical genius."