furries=clowns: a thesis
- the ancestor of the furry, the funny animal, is directly based off the blackface “clowns” of the minstrel shows. much like their live counterparts, funny animals like felix the cat, mickey mouse, etc. slowly ceased being racial stereotypes. and its not that long a leap from disney animation to the furry fandom. here is the direct link between furries and clowns.
- what are the other similarities between furries and clowns? first of all, they’re both deviations from humanity who are used as a vehicle for social commentary, for entertainment, and for… other things.
- “why is this?” you may ask. ludwig feuerbach, young hegelian philosopher and influence and contemporary of karl marx, postulated in the essence of christianity that G😍d, more specifically the christian g🍔d, is a projection of human characteristics onto an imagined entity. this alienation of humanity requires that the entity is the most perfect form of humanity, and that we must punish ourselves for failing to live up to it. while i am religious myself, this is a pretty concise thesis for certain situations.
- furries and clowns represent an opposite form of alienation. we, the creators/consumers of buffoonery/furry content, create a dividing line beyond which humanity is forsaken to some degree. modern western clowns represent an abstracted, caricatured form of the archtypical alcoholic lumpenproletarian that wandered the united states for over a century. furries are humans with a predetermined number of bestial features added (or thr other way around). both allow the object of the media to be separated from nation, from status, from ideology as much as the creators desire. clowns were the only courtiers allowed to critique/make fun of the monarch unconditionally in medeival europe. all because its a joke. works like night in the woods, Maus, and uh??? Zootopia.. are especially effective due to how they obfuscate or alter their work’s message through the alienation from humanity brought on by use of furry characters