|(RANT) Double Edge Sword.. doesn't matter you'll still get cut.
||[May. 22nd, 2008|10:29 am]
Okay, I labelled this journal a rant because frankly I have something that I want to bitch about.
Furs recently have been saying that they want to gain more acceptance in the world and the communities (and don't say that's bullshit because I heard alot of folks saying that at Further Confusion this year). Anyway, Califur recently happened and while I didn't go.. I wish I would have!
Because the crew of American Furry a documentary crew was there to video tape at that event.
Now I know what you're thinking and stop right there. You're thinking "Oh christ, the media we don't need this bad press and blah blah blah." Ok, I see where you're getting this from but you've had to have been in the fandom for more than a few years. We had alot of bad shit said about us, Vanity Fair being the prominent article and then of course the MTV Special and the infamous CSI episode.
But lately, and I will stress this lately bit there's been more of a positive spin on furries than I can remember in years. Examples? Sure! First the whole f-ing city of Pittsburgh! They welcome us EVERY year not just because we do business but because they LIKE us. They may not get the whole furry lifestyle but they see the fursuits and they see the people and they're like why not? In fact when the owner of Fernando's was hit by a brick there was a massive outpouring of support from the furry community.
Also there have been more news articles in fact Rush gave me one to scan in (and I am going to do that today) about further confusion and how this guy went undercover to see what this whole furry thing was about. You know what he found? He found a bunch of nice folks who like the same thing and share a common interest.
Hell even that show Back to you hosted Anthrocon and did a spoof on it.. and I found it to be VERY funny.. because the writers actually did their research and it made me laugh.
Now we have a documentary that's being filmed at Califur and the only thing that I have heard SINCE MONDAY is that "Oh we had a camera crew there and the con went to hell and blah blah blah"
Ok. Fine. But those same people better keep their fucking mouths shut about furry acceptance.. or so help me I will FUCKING CLOSE IT FOR THEM.
Why not INSTEAD of labelling shit and people and the media give them a chance to speak out and let them make their video.. and if it does turn out to be bad.. oh well.. but at least we TRIED .. at least we gave these people the input they wanted. We need to be more accepting of the media at cons and such I am not saying that you take these people with open arms and act like a damn fool and make the rest of us look bad.. no.. I am saying two things.
1) If you don't want to be part of the documentaries, articles and tv interviews you had best shut the fuck up about furry acceptance.. because you're doing NOTHING to change it
2) If you do accept to be part of this.. you have a big responsibility.. don't act like an ass and cock it up for the rest of us.
It's that simple, folks.
We now return you to your normal broadcast day.
If someone wants to make a news story or documentary about what they believe is furry, that is fine.
Leave 'me' out of it.
Califur allowed at least two groups to roam freely through the convention facility and hotel hallways obtaining video and photos of the attendees. We were informed of only one of these groups after everyone had already arrived. The second group is still unannounced.
Because I am not a party to these agreements, I do not know what words will be attached to 'me'. Califur has made that attachment and now I have to fight to remove myself from that. I do not want to be associated with Califur's agenda because I do not know what it is.
I was never asked, "Hey, I'm making this documentary (a magazine story). Mind if I film (take photos of) you?"
When Anthrocon allows media to attend, they keep that media on a very tight leash, and always have a staff liaison with them at all times. They understand the damage that could be done by allowing unfettered access.
And before you give me flak about fighting for furry acceptance, realize that I do not care. I am comfortable with my hobbies and do not need to justify what I like. People are free to hate me for who I am and I am free to hate them for who they are.
We each do out part in our own way. I do my thing to promote furry fandom here at home with Further Confusion and my work with Critters by the Bay. I did not look for someone to represent me in explaining furry fandom in the form of a documentary that will either be scandalous or a yawning bore.
I also read your con report.. yikes.. was it really that bad?
So no one really came up to asked you to use your likeness? Okay, I can see that.
I am unsure where this documentary is going but.. hopefully it will be a good documentary. But never let it be said that I wasn't being fair about this. Yes AC does keep it's media on a VERY tight leash.. Califur should learn from this example.
I also agree with being comfortable with who I am, I don't need to justify it to anyone but I am getting sick and tired of the ones that bitch about furry acceptance and yet do nothing about it.
That's why I was mad. But thank you for making your valid points which was better than I can say for another fur who had.. well .. very ludicruous reasons for hating this documentary.
Thanks for taking the time to talk about this Mr. Eagle. :) And did you at least have a good time at Califur? I am hearing more and more horror stories as the time passes (and most of them aren't with this documentary either!)
Yeah that film crew pretty much told everyone "If you don't wanna be filmed, GET OUT OF THE WAY!"
I guess you just had to be there.
Unfortunately, the core issue is that Califur is run by the very same people who ran ConFurence when furfandom was first getting hit with bad press --- and they simply refuse to do anything about it, apparently because to do so would go completely against their ideological grain of "total openness".
In their view, to restrict the press in any way is tantamount to censorship. To tell fans to stop necking in the public areas is to infringe on consenting acts of affection between adults. It was this exact attitude that spawned the wave of initial non-ConFurence conventions, because fans got sick of it and began holding their own regional conventions.
You've got an excellent point about the fandom needing to stand up and hold its ground in the public eye, however, and that it shouldn't be afraid of the press. But Ubo's got a great point too...if it had been me, getting told to "get out of the way", I would have rounded on them and snarled a demand for their legal department's contact info. They want to use my likeness, they have to get permission for its use, PERIOD. Either through me directly, or through a "film waiver" being included on the contract for convention registration.
Without one or both of those, I'm going to drag them through the courts for nothing else if not the lulz.