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Our stories. Straight from the muzzle. What’s The Fuzz?! dares to ask why the Furry Fandom isn’t as open and accepting as it purports to be. We put the mic in front of the forgotten members of the fandom. A large focus goes to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) furs where they can speak their minds without getting filtered or silenced. If you feel alone in your struggles, or want to hear a different point of view - don’t wait. Join the conversation. Note: That this podcast is 18+ only, and the views expressed here may not represent the furry fandom as a whole.
Updated: 6 hours 22 min ago

Interview With Hanzo - Outcasts, Imperialism, & Fresh Beats

Tue 20 Apr 2021 - 03:00

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On March 12th, '21 I interviewed Hanzo a half Japanese, half Irish drifter busy making beats in his studio. When he's not rapping, singing, making videos, or dancing with his crew Clawz N' Concrete Crew. He dishes his grievances towards the furry fandom and why he prefers to call himself a 'beastman' instead of a furry in this interview.

Hanzo doesn't pull punches when talking about "furry role models" and the lack of the accountability in the fandom. Not to mention fandom's obsession with EDM or what goes on in some of the room parties. 

Stepping outside of the criticisms of the fandom Hanzo touches on the anti-Asian rhetoric spread by 45, the model minority, and imperialism. Buckle in because things get heavy, but it's not all heavy! 

Thanks for listening! 

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Interview With Hanzo - Outcasts, Imperialism, & Fresh Beats
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Interview With Rocky - Poverty, Toxic Independence, & Personal Privileges

Tue 13 Apr 2021 - 14:00

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On February 21st, '21 I sat down with Rocky, a black individual with a lot to say about America and the way it upholds its systems of oppression. While I wasn't sure what to expect from this usually upbeat dancer things quickly turned into a lengthy conversation about how poverty keeps us poor, and how things got to where  they are now. It's honestly gut wrenching to come closer to understanding the faces of white supremacy and the many ways it snakes into our lives.

The police, for example, are meant to protect us. But when they're not held accountable for misuse of power, and BIPOC bodies hit the floor, who can we turn to? Rocky puts these things very eloquently, and with words that come from the heart. Things get real, and graphic in this episode, but Rocky's perspective sheds new light on things taken for granted by the common person.

This goes without saying but I'll say it anyway.

Black Lives Matter. All Cops Are Bastards.

Thanks for listening, everybody!

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Interview With Rocky - Poverty, Toxic Independence, & Personal Privileges
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Interview With Teddy Wynton - Music Adoration, Authenticity, & Self Hate

Tue 6 Apr 2021 - 13:00

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On February 20th, '21 I sat down with Teddy Wynton a black drummer outta Maryland who's been in the fandom for decades and has quite a few stories to tell. He pulls from his past to paint a detailed look at the fandom and how being a furry has changed his life in more than one way. Especially when it comes to accepting things about himself that were are to face alone like his sexuality.

Teddy also articulates the root of problems blerds (black nerds) have when it comes to anti-blackness and feeling cast out. Made understandable by the way he layers in with his own experiences. Not to mention the onslaught of judgement for trying to wear his hair "naturally" but getting turned away for being "unprofessional."  This is a perspective you're not going to want to miss.

Music really energizes Teddy and elevates him to a new plane of existence. It's obvious from the way he talks about his musical inspirations. As a "drum for hire" he's done everything from performing with MJ impersonators to collaborating with Louie Zong. Though, as you'll find out, he still considers himself to be a student. He also divulges how he feels about the lack of music diversity at furcons, and why it's so prevalent.  Turns out carrying your drums everywhere isn't that practical!

Thanks for listening, everyone!

----SONG CREDITS----
FULL SONG
Baddwill
Captain Nikko (NSFW 18+ SPICY)

----COVER ART ARTIST----
TeaCakes

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Interview With Teddy Wynton - Music Adoration, Authenticity, & Self Hate
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Interview With Cerberus - Retracing Bloodlines, Accessibility, & Passing Traditions

Tue 30 Mar 2021 - 00:00

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On February 18th, '21 I sat down with Cerberus an indigenous, two spirited individual that's finding her place being ts'msyen. A creative mind that delves into art and writing! Unlike the other guests before her we get into discussions about disability and accessibility more heavily than before. She gets into the nitty gritty of her experiences with diagnosis that have doctors scratching their heads or failing to give one in general. As well as the mental and physical conditions that she deals with on a daily basis. 

Cerb's life is quite the rollercoaster and thanks to retracing his roots, it's only gotten more exciting for him. He recounts how he's been separated from his traditions, but since finding them again is glad to carry them onto the next generation. Including passing on his language and looking forward to finding out more. 

[Disclaimer: Please listen to your healthcare advisers. Recounting experiences/criticizing diagnosis in hindsight doesn't equate to medical advice.]

Thanks for listening!

----SONG CREDITS----
FULL SONG
Baddwill
Captain Nikko (NSFW 18+ SPICY)

----COVER ART ARTIST----
TeaCakes

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Interview With Cerberus - Retracing Bloodlines, Accessibility, & Passing Traditions
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Interview With Ryn Ufe - Swamp Life, Indigenous Advocacy, & Landback

Tue 23 Mar 2021 - 07:00

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Back in February 12th 2021 I sat down with Ryn Ufe a groundbreaking activist and vocal member of the Houma tribe embodying the spirit of the 'Land Back' movement. They pulled out all the stops to chock this interview full of useful information. (Like literally they brought notes!) 

They represent their culture and where they come from in an honest light. It's not always the prettiest thing living in a swamp, but it's got its perks. Although, Ryn doesn't waste time explaining why what would usually be a blooming swamp teaming with biodiversity has turned into a rather rough place to get by in. Pollution and oil leaks have ravaged the land, killing plants and fish alike. 

If you've ever wondered why Indigenous peoples won't stand down this episode is a MUST to listen to. These are layered issues without easy solutions, but Ryn is willing to put in the work. They've put themselves to work making the tribe better by practicing herbal medicine, becoming a street medic, preserving the language, and speaking at events. You'll see that Ryn may be a dog but they're certainly not all bark! 

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Interview With Ryn Ufe - Swamp Life, Indigenous Advocacy, & Landback
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Interview With Kavaeric - Canadian Immigration, East Asia, & Ambiguous Identity

Tue 16 Mar 2021 - 22:30

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Back in February 2021 I sat down with Kavaeric a (Hong Kong)Chinese-Japanese Canadian immigrant divulging his time between art and learning how to use a dishwasher. He's not quite a human, not quite a dragon, and not quite a robot either! In truth he's a mix of many things, from his backgrounds, to his interests, and demeanor. Despite the oddball or permanent fish out of water syndrome he's gone through throughout his life he's learned to appreciate it about himself thanks to the furry fandom. 

He goes on to detail the cultures he's been a part of and how they differ from one another. Things get real when we get into a discussion of how BIPOC furries are framed in the fandom at large, and why more privileged furs are more inclined to take the hostile actions they do. Not to mention how North America at large treats Asian people whether they're Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and so on. If you've never heard the term "model minority" this might be the episode you HAVE to listen to. 

This was originally a 3 hour interview that got cut down as much as we could. Sorry for any weird noises! There were some audio-mishaps that couldn't get ironed out during recording. 

As always thanks for tuning in and listening!

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Interview With Kavaeric - Canadian Immigration, East Asia, & Ambiguous Identity
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Interview With Mikasi Wolf - Singapore, Writing, & Cultural Differences

Thu 11 Mar 2021 - 04:39

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Back in February I met with Mikasi Wolf, a Hainanese writer that's been in the furry fandom for over 14 years. He goes into detail about his culture and what things are like on his side of the world in Singapore. Day to day life, the Covid-19 response, and even how different groups fit together are discussed. Turns out things are a little different over there and that's pretty neat!
 
Mikasi also discusses how and why writing is so overlooked in the fandom, and where his passion for it comes from. It's clear to me he cares deeply for his stories' characters and themes going as far as to research other cultures to represent them well with fleshed out pasts and back stories.

As always thanks for listening out there and don't forget to follow the guest! 

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Interview With Mikasi Wolf - Singapore, Writing, & Cultural Differences
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Interview With Kai Drossom - Entail, Facing Prejudice, & The UK

Tue 2 Mar 2021 - 11:01

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In late January I sat down with Kai Drossom a Ghanaian and British fur living in the far away land of London England. This episode was such a treat to take part in. Kai is exceptionally sharp! They waste no time discussing anything and everything that made them the person they are today as well as why some of those things need not be tread by anyone in the future. Since they're the official CEO of Entail - the kickass new furry app set to launch and out speed past all competitors - I expected nothing less than the brilliance on display here.

If being the head of Entail wasn't enough they also detail their relationship with the furry community as a whole. From being a furmeet friendly face to eventually getting fed up with the systems that be and picking up the mantle themselves and creating Barkade Furs with previous guest Saint Panic. A remarkable, and daring endeavor that's made a real impact on the furs of the UK. 

Kai describes their identity in a way that feels personal... Because it is. Even their struggles with the UK's government feels deeply personal to me - an American. For good reason at that. They paint a picture of a bleak UK that's a ticking time bomb to anyone paying attention, but it's not all doom and gloom. The future may just be bright after all.

Thanks for listening to the show! Make sure to tell us what you thought, follow the guest, and wash your hands~

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Interview With Kai Drossom - Entail, Facing Prejudice, & The UK
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Interview With NatCatSama - Art, Colorism, & LGBT+ Representation

Tue 23 Feb 2021 - 08:52

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In January I sat down with Nat to discuss everything from the furry fandom, to colorism. Needless to say this fun and lighthearted soul really knows how to bring on the harsh truths some of us are afraid to say. As a skilled artist and animator he was more than happy to talk about how art has shaped his life over time. From his humble upbringing to rousing need to protest whether it be outside or at home. 

Since Nat is also an avid cartoon fan it didn't surprise me to hear his delight when it came to more LGBT+ representation in cartoons. He went over how it impacted him to see characters they could relate to in that way. 

Thanks for listening everyone! 

(Audio got kinda messed up. Sorry about that!)

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Interview With NatCatSama - Art, Colorism, & LGBT+ Representation
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Interview With Azoth - Comic Panels, ADHD, & Tokenism

Tue 16 Feb 2021 - 23:48

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On January 11th 2021 I sat down with Azoth, a skilled black trans artist creating their dream web comic Revenant at an astounding pace of 5 pages per week. Not only does he manage to write in a black protagonist to head this fantasy world, he also creates something totally unique: spinning an urban fantasy adventure that criticizes colonialism and doesn't hold back from going all out on the art. 

Of course it's not all fun and games. As an artist struggling with a recent ADHD diagnosis he goes into detail weighing the pros and cons of the affliction from 10 hour days of straight drawing to struggling with executive dysfunction. He goes over the steps to creating a successful page with tips on how to panel a scene.

It's obvious Azoth isn't gonna let anyone get in his way. And as you'll hear in this interview, they've tried before. 

Thanks everyone for the support over the past few months. We're glad to be back! Don't forget to subscribe to get the latest episodes delivered to your device as soon as it drops. 

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Interview With Azoth - Comic Panels, ADHD, & Tokenism
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Interview With Yami - Fursuit Crafting, Turkish Roots, & Hiding Identity

Tue 27 Oct 2020 - 22:49

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On October 20th I got to sit down with the dazzling Turkish fursuit maker Yami to gain a Middle Eastern fur's perspective on what's going on when it comes to BLM and the pushes for diversity and inclusion. Coming from a traditional Turkish family, Yami has been through quite a lot growing up. Though, despite the odds stacked against him, his determination and passion for creation and the furry fandom continue to push him to achieve greatness.

Needless to say, Yami's full of information when it comes to designing fursuits. Whether it's his methods to create the suit or the steps he took to attain success he shares all in this down to Earth, and honest interview.

Thanks for listening, everyone. This will be the last episode for a while as Team Rhyner is going on a hiatus to rest up and improve the show for future episodes! We appreciate each and every one of you for supporting us so far. It's been a wild ride.

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Interview With Yami - Fursuit Crafting, Turkish Roots, & Hiding Identity
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Interview With Tsuko - Dancing, Popularity Contests, & Overcoming Prejudice

Thu 22 Oct 2020 - 01:32

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On October 19th I sat down with the magical dancing Korean red panda Tsuko to get to taste of what the world of furry dancers has to offer! He shared insight on me on what it's like to feel at home on the dance floor and what it was like growing up adopted into a white world. It's not always easy overcoming adversities and yet, this guy really knows how to reel it in.

Teeming with personality, vim and vigor this interview sure was a blast. This one isn't one of the heavier ones, but we aren't shy discusses how prejudice is bred from ignorance and only made worse from backlash. (Oh and I learn how to say "Hello" in Korean!)

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Interview With Tsuko - Dancing, Popularity Contests, & Overcoming Prejudice
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Interview With Mark Lee - Murrsuits, Self Image, & Furcons

Tue 13 Oct 2020 - 23:46

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On October 4th I sat down with the mystical Kitsune Mark Lee a half black, quarter Native American, quarter Greek, bi-curious furry living in California. (Near my hometown fun fact >_>) While he was nervous at first he had no trouble opening up about his experiences inside and outside the fandom. It's often overlooked but body image issues can have a serious effect on someone's self-esteem even in the furry fandom. Finding out there are people, not only accepting of you, but into you can make a HUGE difference.

Mark Lee discusses his struggles with police assuming the worst of him, having trouble getting down at furcons, and what he wants to see from the fandom to help it grow. I learned a lot about the small steps we can take to push for diversity to say the least. Disabilities and mental health were brought up, but I can't wait to delve into those topics more in future videos! It really opens the door to conversations we need to have. Stay tuned for that in the future.

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Interview With Mark Lee - Murrsuits, Self Image, & Furcons
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Interview With Pan - London, Black Nerdiness, & Paws

Tue 6 Oct 2020 - 12:18

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On September 27th 2020 I got the chance to sit down with Panic the bear! A fun loving black London-er unafraid to speak his mind and get my goat any time he gets the chance. This ain't his first rodeo either. This talented bear keeps his paws busy with all sorts of projects within the fandom and out! Including co-running the Furs of Color Telegram & Discord chats!

Be sure to check out the podcasts and other projects I've linked to down here. He's been in the fandom for more than a decade - things sure have changed a lot back then. But if you know furries you know some things just never change.

We discuss the quiet racism just below the surface of the UK's calm exterior, how Pan has made an impact on the BIPOC furry community, and what you can do to start learning about these difficult issues. Though, we did get distracted by things like dogs with shoes once or twice...

Thanks for listening, everyone! This was a fun episode.

Shout-outs to our newest addition to Team Rhyner: Sal! The artist of this episode's cover art. Send them some love! 

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Interview With Pan - London, Black Nerdiness, & Paws
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Interview With Izzy (Weasel) - Metal, Colorblind Racism, & Slam Poetry

Tue 29 Sep 2020 - 07:27

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Originally recorded September 19th 2020.

On September 27th I sat down with Izzy from WeaselPress to discuss diversity in the fandom and why representation is important to furs of color. Originally, the episode was recorded the week previous, but due to a recording error we had to re-record this episode. It serves as a "highlight reel" of the questions asked from the original recording. 

Izzy is an esteemed writer, poet, and publisher with an upcoming collection of poems titled "The Audacity of Your Bullshit" coming out sometime next month. He prides himself in being an open book -- no pun intended! Sex, race, kinks, sexuality, and more he's open to discussing all of it. We scratched the surface in this interview digging deep into why being colorblind isn't as great as it sounds.

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Interview With Izzy (Weasel) - Metal, Colorblind Racism, & Slam Poetry
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What's The Fuzz?! Trailer

Wed 23 Sep 2020 - 12:35

What the heck What's The Fuzz?! Is about.

Song: Catscratch - Swudlo - Fuzznet World

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Interview With Koorivlf - Capitalism, Art Tips, & Perpetual Apathy

Wed 23 Sep 2020 - 04:48

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On September 20th I had the pleasure of sitting down with Koor a mixed race artist I've been following for years. We got to discuss everything from art, to fascist furries, and the dangers of capitalism. I gotta say, the guy knows his stuff! And of course he finally addresses what exactly he holds against FurAffinity and the site's director: Dragoneer. 

Thanks for listening out there, everyone! 

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Interview With Koorivlf - Capitalism, Art Tips, & Perpetual Apathy
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Interview With Redbone - Latinos, Cheetos, & Chicken McNuggets

Thu 17 Sep 2020 - 09:43

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On September 13th I sat down with my buddy Redbone a Latino living in the Chicago area who's not afraid to speak his mind. We don't waste time talking about the furry fandom and why there's a divide between the BIPOC furs and the white furs.

He's quick to point out the injustices he sees around him and doesn't take BS from anyone. Especially not the president. Throughout the interview he tells me where his seeds of doubt came from and why he went from wanting to be a cop to saying ACAB.

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Interview With Redbone - Latinos, Cheetos, & Chicken McNuggets
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Interview With Verse - BLM Protests, Political Canvassing, & Civil Unrest

Wed 9 Sep 2020 - 04:53

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On September 6th I sat down with Verse a black furry, and avid black lives matter activist who has attended several protests. Through our conversation we discuss why the protests are happening, what led him to being radicalized, and how the gap in the furry community can be mended. It's eye opening to see how things like this can affect someone no matter what their background is or the walk of life they took. He protests with a small organization that has managed to gather speakers and amass crowds of people. 

He shows those out there that thinks their voice doesn't matter that they can make a change. 

We're all tied together in one way or another. 

Thanks for listening! 


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Interview With Verse - BLM Protests, Political Canvassing, & Civil Unrest
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Interview With Posso - South Bronx, Cultural Differences, & Twitch Streaming

Tue 1 Sep 2020 - 12:03

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On August 30th I sat down with a buddy of mine Posso - addressed as Storm in the interview - to discuss his roots and passions. Growing up in the South Bronx as half Dominican and half Puerto Rican Posso recounts his experiences growing up in "the hood." 

The dog eat dog nature of his surroundings taught him to put a mask on. But as he grew older, he came to terms with who he really was and embraced being part of the LGBT+ community and started a support system by steaming Smash Bros. Ultimate on twitch. 

Though he's furry adjacent, he's got more than a few choice words to say about the furry community...

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Interview With Posso - South Bronx, Cultural Differences, & Twitch Streaming
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