A Connecticut town councilman has been forced to resign because of a post on a private website catering to “furries,” that he “tolerates” rape.
New Milford Town Councilman Scott Chamberlain had never made a secret of his deep involvement in Furry Fandom, reports the Danbury News Times.
Furries – largely known to the public as people who dress up in giant animal costumes – are a subculture of adults who attend role-playing conventions and interact regularly online.
Chamberlain, whose avatar is a foxlike character named “Gray Muzzle,” said his participation on SoFurry.com is mostly about appreciating animal characters with human behaviors and features, such as Tony the Tiger and Mickey Mouse, the News Times reports.
But an uproar ensued when a town resident posted on a community Facebook page several screen shots of Chamberlain’s profile from a private website catering to “furries,” many of whom participate in or write about unusual sexual practices. The profile includes a list of Chamberlain’s “loves,” “likes” and “hates,” some sexual in nature, but also said that he “tolerates” rape.
In an interview last week, Chamberlain explained his involvement as a harmless hobby.
“It’s nothing to do with sex; it’s an interest in cartoon animals,” said the Democrat.
Mayor David Gronbach called for Chamberlain’s resignation after hearing of the screen shots, The Daily News reports. Chamberlain is due to resign by Monday.
On the fan site, Chamberlain had been writing a “soap opera” about furries.
At a protest on Thursday night, one resident held up a sign that read: “No perverts running our town.”
Gronbach told the New York Post: “As public servants, we are held to a higher standard and Mr. Chamberlain’s apparent posts do not meet that standard.”