SOMETIMES I’M SURPRISED Furry isn’t better known considering the amount of attention showered on us, not just in the news media but on primetime TV. Then again, considering how we’re usually portrayed, maybe that’s a good thing.
Hollywood is definitely aware of us, judging from how often episodes are built around or reference Furry. Sometimes it’s just a throwaway gag that avoids the “F” word, but it’s obvious just the same to those of us with working furdar.
My favorite of that ilk was “Love ‘em or Leash ‘em,” a 2005 episode of the animated Nickelodeon series My Life as a Teenage Robot. In order to distract a part-canine robot, one of the human characters says, “I swore I wouldn’t wear this outside the feline fan convention, but now I have no choice.” (“Feline fan convention”? Close enough.) He ducks into the men’s room and emerges looking like a cat—not a kid in a cat suit, but a 1940s Looney Tunes-style cat…
Of course, the worst furry offender of all time is CSI. Or, as I like to subtitle it: CSI: The gift that keeps on giving…furries grief.
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