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November 29, 2003 11:11 AM   Subscribe

One Saturday Night in Furbank is an entertaining diary entry wherein diarist, Kitty Bukkake, crashes a furry shindig, The 14th Annual International Anthropomorphic Convention and Exhibition, ConFurence 2002 at the Burbank Airport Hilton.
"Problem: we don't want them to know we are impostors or they might kick us out. We'd brought some plush toys along: Steven had a bunny, and I had a whale, a bee, and a dragonfly, plus a panda keychain. But we weren't fooling anyone with our old toys, our short hairdos and stylish, non-pleated jeans. We didn't fit the profile."
Ms. Kitty B has turned those exciting field notes and photos of the Furry gathering into a book.
posted by antifreez_ (24 comments total)

 
How can you make a book about NOT getting into a Furry conference? All they did was hang around in the lobby and parking lot trying to take pictures of the occasional Furry.
posted by kcalder at 11:39 AM on November 29, 2003


See, kcalder, that's why you're not a million-selling author.
posted by aramaic at 11:43 AM on November 29, 2003


I wonder if Little Red Riding Hood's friends were there.
posted by homunculus at 11:55 AM on November 29, 2003


I had foolishly hoped that the episode of CSI a few weeks ago was entirely fictional....
posted by Lokheed at 12:20 PM on November 29, 2003


We are very near the end of civilization.
posted by moonbiter at 12:27 PM on November 29, 2003


This is great. I strongly suggest comparison with this scene in The Shining. What does it all mean? Have there been any serious academic studies of furries?
posted by inksyndicate at 12:28 PM on November 29, 2003


But if the furries are the manipulated dead, where are the manipulated living?
posted by Eloquence at 12:47 PM on November 29, 2003


It's really no different or more creepy than a swinger's halloween party...ok maybe a little creepier.
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 12:51 PM on November 29, 2003


Yipes. Just yipes.
posted by keswick at 1:27 PM on November 29, 2003


Wait - so someone on the web is making fun of furries? How novel! Maybe next they'll tackle the 'All your base' phenom, or better yet poke fun at those pesky Nigerian scammers!

Sorry. It's been a rough day.
posted by item at 1:27 PM on November 29, 2003


Every time you crash a furry conference, God bukkakes a kitten.
posted by MrBaliHai at 1:39 PM on November 29, 2003


Must... get... image... out... of... head... *explodes*
posted by SPrintF at 3:38 PM on November 29, 2003


The phrase "subculture tourism" comes to mind here, though I guess, by reading more of Ms Bukkake's website, she's somewhat well known and maybe she's good at this sort of reportage. I'm just thankful that no one [as yet] gets kicks out of ridiculing any of my fetishes. This book is really good if anyone is seriously interested in furculture or many other less-well-known kinks.
posted by jessamyn at 3:46 PM on November 29, 2003


Cough, cough... cough!
posted by Cuppatea at 4:36 PM on November 29, 2003


Why didn't she just buy a fucking ticket to the conference and attend the "secret" meetings and report back? I mean, it's fucking *lame* to just sit around the lobby and sneakily take pictures of people.

If she was so interested in them, her interest should have warranted the price of admission.

I can't believe she made a *book* out of such thin reporting.
posted by beth at 6:35 PM on November 29, 2003


And from jessamyn's link: The Deviant Road Map.
posted by y2karl at 6:58 PM on November 29, 2003


all i can say is i got the funny little book last year and i think its a great... uh, stocking stuffer
posted by tsarfan at 8:02 PM on November 29, 2003


There will never be another cool furry post now that the subculture has been depicted in most watched television show in America. So save your links to Furry Spring Break and Fur-lo-ween for your mom and dad when they come calling after hearing Regis and Kelly talking about furries. And anticipate the day when you will see ads for Furries Gone Wild on E! after midight.
posted by ejoey at 8:13 PM on November 29, 2003


kcalder, beth: Well, Hunter S. Thompson did write a book about (mostly) not covering the Sands 400 off-road race--perhaps you've heard of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

Although, you know these people are dying to meet somebody called Kitty Bukakke...
posted by arto at 12:47 AM on November 30, 2003


A sub-culture that encourages (literal) nit-picking? Should do just fine around here.
posted by trondant at 4:23 AM on November 30, 2003


Hunter S. Thompson didn't hang out in a hotel lobby for a couple hours (I think I'm being generous with the time-frame) snapping bad photographs of people's backs.

And if he did, it was because he was drugged out of his mind.
posted by kcalder at 10:54 AM on November 30, 2003


She and her friends went to a convention and afterwards whined in an oh-so-hip tone of voice about it being closed to those who don't purchase admission. This is like going window-shopping and complaining that the merchants expect one to actually pay for the products in the window.

The hipster commentary on a genre-based subculture was also grating. If I want to read snide commentary about people who are different from me and the mainstream, I can always go read Something Awful.
posted by jkilg at 7:13 PM on November 30, 2003


I guess I must be some kind of tolerant liberal pussy becuase I don't really see the humor in making fun of furries. I guess the novelty wears off, and its really quite harmless when you think about the fetishes of, say, child molestation or rape.

Can we all agree to move on?
posted by Down10 at 1:11 AM on December 1, 2003


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posted by darukaru at 7:03 AM on December 1, 2003


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