Furs to feature on TLC's 'My Strange Addiction' Jan 19
Producers of the show have been looking for furs since mid-2010, and also sought to buy fursuit photography. Other announced episodes cover sleeping with a blow-drier, eating toilet paper and thumb-sucking, while past seasons featured eating chalk and extreme tanning.
Many furs fear a repeat of The Tyra Banks Show, whose host presented furry as a sexual fetish.
My Strange Addiction claims to "[tell] the compelling stories of people who are battling obsessive behaviors on the verge of taking over their lives" and "[follow] addicts as they reveal their strange addictions and meet with psychological experts."
Kiira constructed fursuits for herself and her boyfriend for the show:
I said many times that it is just a hobby, not an addiction, but they said "Well take you anyways" So I had about a week to make two fursuits, and they just filmed me in various places and all. Even though my fursuits suck in the episode, I still got $1,500 and 15 minutes of fame, which is more than many can say.
Update (5 Jan): The furry episode of My Strange Addiction is expected to air at 9PM EST/8PM CET, with a repeat at 11PM. The 30-minute episode will also feature a person who eats couch cushions:
Lauren can't imagine going to a party or social event without wearing her fur suit. She's completely dedicated to her "fursona" - designing and sewing her costume well into the night. Meanwhile, Adele has been eating couch cushions for twenty years.