New Milford Councilman Scott Chamberlain is resigning after his “furry” profile was found online
A Connecticut councilman known as the fox “Gray Muzzle” online has resigned after constituents hunted down his “furry” social media profile.
Democrat Scott Chamberlain has been on the New Milford town council since his election in 2015, though will leave the position by Monday after screenshots of his sofurry.com page circulated online.
Chamberlain had never made a secret of his deep involvement in Furry Fandom, a subculture of adults who dress in mascot-like animal costumes, attend role-playing conventions and interact regularly online.
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But an uproar ensued when a town resident posted on a community Facebook page several screenshots 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 at midday Thursday, Chamberlain explained his involvement in the “furry” community as a harmless hobby.
“It’s nothing to do with sex; it’s an interest in cartoon animals,” said the first-term Democrat, who was up for re-election.
But Mayor David Gronbach, saying elected officials should be held to a “higher standard,” called for Chamberlain’s immediate resignation, and within two hours party officials said he would resign all his town and party positions by Monday morning.
Councilman Chamberlain, online furry profile said his interest in the furry fandom was not sexual, but he listed that he tolerates rape
The website hosts profiles for members of the furry fandom, a group of people who create anthropomorphic animal avatars for themselves and occasionally dress up as the characters to meet in person.
Many furries also have a sexual fetish involving the costumes, though Chamberlain insisted to the Danbury News Times his own participation in the fandom had “nothing to do with sex; it’s an interest in cartoon animals.”
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Although Chamberlain, whose avatar is a fox named “Gray Muzzle,” said his participation in furry fandom is mostly about appreciating animal characters with human behaviors and features, such as Tony the Tiger and Mickey Mouse, many of those commenting on the Facebook post, which has since been removed, said even suggesting that “rape” is tolerable was out of line.
“Anyone is free to pursue any hobby of choice,” one commenter wrote, “however that doesn’t mean they can represent me as an elected official and endorse the things that are seemingly endorsed on that page.”
Chamberlain also writes what he calls a “soap opera” read by hundreds of users that includes furries in some sexual situations. He said these writings are posted to a site open only to adults, and that he writes under a pen name to keep his public and private lives separate.
Chamberlain said someone must have created an account on that site with the sole purpose of getting private information on him.
”I’m just saddened by this whole thing,” he said. ”I’ve always tried to be positive in my public life and work hard and donate my time for the people of New Milford.“