Review: 'OMG! With Peaches Geldof'
For those outside of the UK, OMG! With Peaches Geldof is a TV show on the digital network ITV2 which does not have a good reputation. It is considered by many to be cheap, tacky, low-brow infotainment, as is most of ITV2's output.
It was this cheap material that I had to wade through before they got to furries. For most of the time I as flicking between channels hoping that these fame-obsessed idiots would soon get off the screen. As a result I did not have high expectations of their coverage of the furry fandom.
I was expecting the usual stuff about having sex in fursuits to be trotted out. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The item began with footage of several furries out in the street, some in full fursuits, some in partial fursuits, embracing each other and members of the public, while also talking about their fondness of the fandom. Not a bad start I thought – rather see them talking than Peaches.
Then they brought the same furries into the room, one of whom, called Nightwind, was still in his full fursuit and sat next to Geldof. The discussion of the fandom was on the whole good. It covered the media coverage of furries, fursonas and fursuits. Many of the studio regulars and members of the audience got hugs from Nightwind. It certainly was not as bad as I had feared it would be.
In terms of the sexual side of the fandom, this came up because of studio guest Dom Joly, the comedian behind the TV series Trigger Happy TV which often features sketches of people in animal costumes. His contribution was more what I was expecting. It was he who brought up the dirtier side of the fandom, although he was wrong in his comments.
For example, he said that in America furries were known as "plushies" and made references to them, which as a furry I know to be wrong. A furry can come from anywhere in the world. Furries and plushies are different people, but as one person quoted: "There's more definitions of furries than there are furries."
Overall, I would say that this show was better than my expectations. Mind you, I did not have any expectations to start with.
Editor's note: For other UK furs' impressions, see the UKFur.org forum thread (registration required)