Furries For Trump And The Limits Of Ambiguity
We’ve written about them before: Furries are people who like to put on cartoonish furry suits with a blended human and animal appearance. They meet in costume and have fun doing stuff together in character. Many people focus on them having sex with each other while in costume, but that’s not all there is to the furry lifestyle. It’s sexually charged but not all about sex, it’s about animal but also being a bit human, it’s about being in costume whil also being something that you feel is closer to your true self.
Being a furry is about living ambiguously and playfully. Being a furry requires freedom.
So, what’s up with Furries for Trump?
Donald Trump doesn’t support Liberty for cultural minorities in the United States. He doesn’t support freedom of speech and association. He certainly doesn’t represent an embrace of ambiguity. Yet, for all of this year, Furries For Trump groups have been actively speaking out.
Just what they’re trying to say when they speak out isn’t so clear. The Furry ambiguity is thick in Furries for Trump. It’s not quite clear that Furries for Trump actually supports the Trump for President campaign. On the other hand, it’s also not quite clear that Furries for Trump opposes the Trump for President campaign.
Sometimes, Furries for Trump seems to be tongue-in-cheek, making fun of Donald Trump.
At other times, Furries for Trump seems to be in earnest.
Furries for Trump embodies the Furry love for ambiguity, hopping and skipping along the border between different ideas. Ordinarily such ambiguity can help our culture stretch to embrace new ideas. In this case, though, the ambiguous pose looks incoherent. Elections aren’t great opportunities for artistic expression, because they’re events that require decisiveness. Our democracy challenges us to figure out what ideals we stand for, and requires us to be responsible.
If the presidential election was a contest between two competent, amiable, sensible, well-liked candidates, some playful ambiguity would provide a bit of harmless fun with no harm done. The 2016 presidential election is not such a contest. Donald Trump has offered a furious vision of a brutal America with an autocratic government willing to torture, execute, imprison, harass and generally persecute anyone that it views as a threat.
The stakes are too high in 2016 for sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek political expressions. There’s too much at stake. Now is a time that requires Americans, Furries included, to be in earnest. It’s time to stand up straight and say what you believe in, without winking, without irony, without double meaning, without ambiguity.