Do you wish you were an animal? Are you more comfortable wearing a fursuit, acting like a dog, or getting tattoos to look like a lizard? If you have altered your appearance to look like an animal, exhibit transhuman behavior, or participate in furry fandom, we want to hear from you.
A reality TV production company is casting for people who have gone to extreme measures to create an alternate identity to appear in an upcoming series. This non-exploitative program will share compelling personal stories. Each half-hour episode will profile two individuals who feel more comfortable living out animal-based fantasies or personas – including dogs, foxes, and lizards or even vampires and werewolves.
To be considered, or for more information about this production, please send your name, age, city, and a current photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a brief description of your animal tendencies and behaviors and how it has impacted your life.
The ad was seen on Craigslist San Fransisco here.
Thanks to Tenza Aohane (@the10za) for the heads up!
Edit: Looking at the description listed, this may be a show highlighting Furries, Weres, Vampires and transhumanists. Looking at the shows they currently have in production, this would be something new. What worries me is the term “non-exploitative” being used in the text.
Please posts opinions, rants and the like below.
Robbyfox describes his introduction to the fandom, his trip to Anthrocon 2010, and favourably compares furry fandom to the gay community, which he describes as ‘more intimidating’.
The article then gives an overview of fursuiting and a dismissive mention of Vanity Fair, before diving into quotes from sociological researcher Dr. Kathy Gerbasi, a description of a local furmeet and a sub-interview with ObliviousAlly.
Find the full article here: flayrah
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This is an edited version (about 10 mins) of TLC’s My Strange Addiction: “Furry”. The segments featuring the woman who consumed foam rubber has been edited out. None of the actual interview with Lauren/Kiira has been edited. We did remove the unnecessary “still to come” sections at the end of each segment.
If you have not had a chance to watch it, you can take time now. The running time is just over 10 mins.
Things I noted about the production is the “stock footage” they used during her mentioning the “darker side of the fandom”. There are some very well known fursuiters in that clip. Four of them currently reside or have resided in the Atlanta area. I would imagine some of these guys would be upset with their suits being seen while Lauren talks about fetishes.
I’ll leave it up to you all to make a judgement. Comments are open.
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Nineteen-year-old Lauren is obsessed with wearing fake animal ears, masks, paws and tails. She can’t imagine going to a party or social event without wearing her fur suit and is completely dedicated to her “fursona,” designing and sewing her costumes well into the night, even if it takes priority to finding a job.
“My self-esteem isn’t the best,” says Lauren. “Normally I’m kind of shy, but [my fursona] lets me bring out my more outgoing and talkative side.”
For more compelling insight into addictive behaviors that are dangerous and risky in nature, watch “My Strange Addiction” Wednesday night on TLC.
Read Lauren’s response here: MY STRANGE ADDICTION
What is a Furry? Read more here: http://www.furrynewsnetwork.com/psa/about-furry
This documentary gives an inside perspective on the strange and interesting subculture known as the furry fandom. Filmed at Midwest Furfest 2010, a major furry convention, the fandom is explained by furries in their own words.
This project was both a personal and an academic undertaking. The concept and production was my own, but I also got college credit for producing it, as an independent study at Bradley University.
See the full article here: http://vimeo.com/17995012
Featured in the interview:
Douglas “Giza” Muth
Matt “2 Gryphon” Davis
Bryan “Smash” Manternach
Dr. Samuel “Uncle Kage” Conway
Jan 19, 9:00 pm – TLC – The Learning Channel
Name: Lauren A.
Addiction: Wearing a fur suit
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, it even takes priority to finding a job.
FNN contacted Kiira to get her side of the story, This is the response she had. There is more forthcoming.
I’d love to get my side of the story out. I have left the fandom, though I still do make costumes and occasionally go out in it with my friends who are also furs. I just don’t associate myself as a furry anymore. But they totally twisted everything, I can just tell by the preview. I told them I only go out maybe once a month if that. I never bring it out around people that aren’t furs, and I never once brought it to a gathering or social event. Yet they say I can’t stand to be without it for one minute. I know my video will just provoke the community more, but I do need to get my side of the story out regardless. I’m glad there are still some people with common sense in this world.
Lauren Atkins aka Kiira
Editor’s Note: As soon as TLC posts preview clips, we’ll update this with the new information.
Thank you to @Mizu_Astrum on Twitter for the heads up!