A musing by Fluke
I went on YouTube today, it happens sometimes. It is a good place to go find some easy entertainment of some idiot sticking fireworks in his trousers or something. So there I was having a laugh at all these videos when I see a certain video of the most recent exploits at Anthrocon.
I laugh, I enjoy the video, I go to leave a comment. Already many furs had left their opinions on how awesome it is; the comments all positive and cheery! But all of a sudden they exploded! Where there were happy furs they were replaced with angry, screaming furs! All shouting nasty comments at the 'dirty mundanes'...
I took a double take and I wondered what could have triggered such uproar, I had to squint to see it but I found it...
A single word, one that was not even capitalized, one measly word and it already had so many people battening down the hatches and bracing for the biggest flame war the internet had ever seen!
This made me angry, not at this little insignificant speck that said furfag but rather the reaction. Fur-fag, or Furry Faggot. Now seeing as everyone he was insulting WAS a Furry this means all he did was just shout "You are gay." At everyone.
Why does everyone take offence to being called a fag by some stranger? If someone called you gay in the middle of the street would you start running around screaming?
I can understand that people do take offence to insults, not everyone can let these things just roll off their backs but sometimes you can just not care. I think a lot of furs need to learn to just ignore people who try to insult them because it is going to happen in life, if you are Furry or not.
However the internet is one of the few places that if you ignore something it WILL eventually go away. By reacting in such absurd ways you are only egging them on.