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UPDATE: I just got a statement in from Midwest FurFest:— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) September 16, 2019
"The board of Midwest Furry Fandom, consistent with our posted code of conduct, has rescinded Mr. Yiannopoulos’s registration. He is not welcome to attend this or any future Midwest FurFest event.” https://t.co/M5ynm0tcyP
This morning, Jared Holt via Right Wing Watch reported that the prominent furry convention Midwest FurFest was in the process of investigating what to do about Yiannopoulos’ registration to the convention after receiving messages of concern from other attendees. Mere hours later, Midwest FurFest has now definitively decided to completely cancel Yiannopoulos’ registration for the event and bar him from all future Midwest FurFests.
Yiannopoulos recently announced via his Telegram messaging channel that he had adopted the fursona of a snow leopard and purchased tickets to attend Midwest FurFest. Additionally, Yiannopoulos claimed that he had submitted a proposal to host a panel at the event called “The Politics of Fur.”
While Yiannopoulos’ possible attendance sparked mass disapproval within the furry community, some sub-communities such as the Furry Raiders warmly welcomed Yiannopoulos. According to their website, the Furry Raiders are “committed to upholding the values of free speech and expression within the furry community.” The group was founded in 2007 through the then-popular MMO Second Life. A prominent identifier for members of the Furry Raiders is a red armband featuring a white circle encompassing a black paw print. Sure, that definitely isn’t a thinly veiled nod to Nazi imagery.
The goal is furry individuality; that must be our prime responsibility. We are the paragons that embody the furry spirit of the fandom, whether we want to be or not and therefore our dream is to preserve the fandom. To do that we must have perseverance and goodwill. pic.twitter.com/byZP4SIv2N— Furry Raiders (@Furry_Raiders) March 7, 2018
The Furry Fandom will always be a open and free place to express yourself.— Furry Raiders (@Furry_Raiders) September 15, 2019
We're happy to welcome Milo Yiannopoulos to the Furry Fandom and the Furry Raiders.#theycantbanusall pic.twitter.com/Ks1zVUyK01
This desperate bid to appeal to the furry demographic and adopt a new grift comes shortly after Yiannopoulos lamented how much his livelihood has been affected by his consistent deplatforming. Telegram posts from Yiannopoulos last week reveal that he is at the end of his rope in terms of making a living as an online figure. Yiannopoulos said that he “can’t put food on the table this way” with the relatively small audience of 19,000 that he maintains on Telegram—one of the few platforms he hasn’t been banned from.
Milo reveals just how much the far right are struggling after being deplatformed from the main social media sites. pic.twitter.com/oB3T94J89B— 🧙♀️ (@AntiFashWitch) September 9, 2019
Disclosure: Milo Yiannopoulos was the founder of the Kernel, a publication the Daily Dot acquired in 2014.
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H/T Right Wing Watch
Ignacio Martinez is a reporter specializing in online gaming and political communities. His work has previously appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM. He is based in Austin, Texas, and you can follow him on Twitter at @NacioMartinez.