Last week, a Neswbyte was posted linking to an opinion article by Perri Rhodes on a site named Furry Times, covering the controversial Furry Raiders. It ended with with the following indictment of Flayrah from Ahmar Wolf:
It has always been a policy of mine no matter who you are, and if you have something to say and I would say Perri Rhoades, (who did an excellent job). That you should be allowed to speak, that no one has the right to shut you down…period. Like some tried to do on Flayrah.
Ahmar may have been referring to those who disagree with Perri using our comment karma system to rate down her scores of comments. No one on Flayrah staff had censored Perri. In fact people can still comment there if they wish, including Perri. However, in a fit of irony, Furry Times closed comments on their article which had shamed other sites of censorship.
Let’s take a look at why a site preaching for free speech cut the conversation short on their own controversial article.
An opinion by the title of Room 366 or "How furries need to realize that sex and sexuality ACTUALLY EXIST" was posted on FNN as a result of the accidentally leaked dirty dancing fursuit video Room 366. [The article originated on AsylumCat (NSFW), a furry bondage site.] As a result, I find myself needing to talk a little about sexuality and the fandom.
While some of the reaction to the video could be considered a bit alarmist, this article as a reaction was also alarmist. The title was demeaning, implying that it's furries who are uneducated about sex and sexuality. I cannot briefly state every reason why this is just a flat-our wrong assertion, so I'll cut it down to two specific examples.
Furries have long thought of our fandom as a little niche thing, the fandom that only a tiny number of people are into. The weird fandom, the one that gets picked on and sidelined. We're small, weak, and need to hide…
Well, I've got news for you. We're not. We're amongst the biggest fandoms in the world.