VICE: Pony Nationalism and the Furred Reich: Inside the Alt-Furry's Online Zoo
Does it come as a surprise that the alt-right would identify themselves with beasts?
By now Pepe the frog, grotesque comic muse and focal point of widespread "meme magic," has become something of a household name. But a closer look at the alt-right reveals conservative animals of all stripes, a veritable zoo of foxes and wolves, mythical creatures and pastel-colored ponies led by a furry Trump, cast as an extremely smug-looking anthropomorphized lion.
Personally I was baffled by the contradictions within a movement which preaches tolerance for fursuits and "yiffing" (furry sex), but which rails against Islam and Black Lives Matter. I also worried that I’d be offering the furry alt-right a free pass, by inviting them to explain themselves. Still, this unlikely faction goes some way to explaining absurdities of the broader movement, which—for all its gross-out humor and ragged edges—appears to be gaining mainstream credibility.
I spoke to several members of alt-furry and the brony right in Twitter DMs to get a clearer picture of the movement. In offline life, BroniesForTrump/@GWSSDelta is an accountant living in the state of Delaware. Online, he’s a right wing brony and a member of a chat group called the Horse Reich.
I found myself hoping that @GWSSDelta was not serious, when he wrote, on voting for Trump, “I just wanted to make sure bronies have a place in Richard Spencer’s ethnostate.”
“Alt-furry is not anything new at all—it’s a phenomenon which predates the name,” @TheQuQu told me, listing other wings of the alt-right the furries get along with including “the PaulTown wing of the alt-right, the alt-bronies, right-libertarians, nationalists, and even ancaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.