Denver’s long-running Rocky Mountain Fur Con was cancelled Monday. While the organization fell afoul of the IRS —they hadn’t filed taxes from 2008 to 2015 — that’s perhaps the least of their problems. What started as a boring story about tax evasion ended up as a story of hate, the alt-right and a registered sex offender.
Connections to a Hate Group
The owner of the con, Kendal “Kahuki” Emery, is a Sovereign Citizen. The Sovereign Citizen movement, classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, believe they have the right to choose which laws they follow… which usually don’t include the laws about paying taxes. But that’s not all — the movement is rooted in racism and anti-Semitism.
And, wouldn’t you know it, racism is part of the downfall of the convention. The Furry Raiders are a group of furries who identify as alt-right. Co-Founder and CEO Foxler Nightfire takes his name from a portmanteau of “Fox” and “Hitler.”
The Furry Raiders tried to disrupt last year’s convention by buying up many of the discounted rooms set aside for the convention before they were made available to the rest of the convention attendees. As furry news outlet Dogpatch Press wrote about the group:
The Furry Raiders self-create an “us vs. them” situation by provoking others so they can pretend to be treated unfairly. Their trolling includes assault,spreading hate speech, display of nazi-style apparel, refusing to honor meet rules, posting photos of people against their wishes, doxxing enemies to harrass them on the phone, and persistent straw-man attacks at “SJW’s”.
Rocky Mountain Fur Con Bans Someone for the First Time
Given the Raiders’ attempts to disrupt the con combined with their trolling and hate speech, it might be surprising the Rocky Mountain Fur Con didn’t ban them. But the convention prides itself on never banning anyone.
That policy changed when a Raider made a death threat against an anti-Raider furry.
Deo’s comment makes reference to the popular Nazi-punching meme, started when, earlier this year, someone punched alt-right leader and white supremacist Richard Spencer on camera.
Raider @Oliviameles responded by threatening to shoot Deo — despite Colorado having the ability to issue concealed-carry permits, the convention does not. Deo reported this incident to both Twitter and Rocky Mountain Fur Con.
Both organizations took action — Twitter (perhaps surprisingly) banned @Oliviameles. Emery and the convention issued their first ban… on Deo.
The letter is, well, just a bit odd. In addition to assigning a number of claims against Deo that are exaggerated, the letter blames her for “encouraging other user statements such as ‘Watching you get shot by someone…” — in other words, Emery is blaming her for getting death threats.
That red thumbprint in the corner? That’s a Sovereign Citizen thing. Likewise, if you’ve got a legal background, you’ll note that the letter is written in faux-legalese that makes little sense. In fact, the law Emery cites in the letter has nothing to do with liens against property or, well, anything else relate to the case. And that latin at the end? All it means is “Silence implies consent.”
It Gets Worse
The rabbit hole of weirdness doesn’t stop there, however. It turns out Emory is a convicted sex offender.
When this news arose in 2008, Emery was forced to step down as the controlling board member — however, he remained as CEO and owner of Furry Mountain Fur Con, and as we can tell from the letter, Emery continued to represent the convention in business matters.
We should pause to mention that, despite unfortunate stereotypes in the mainstream media, Emery is not representative of the furry community; most furries are normal, kind people with a fun hobby.
Last year, in Vancouver, the VancouFur convention happened to be at the same hotel where a number of Syrian refugees were staying after entering Canada — and it was the sweetest, most adorable thing ever.
Rocky Mountain Fur Con was a large convention — last year’s con had 1,670 attendees, and this year’s would have been the tenth anniversary. Luckily for Colorado furries, a new convention, the Mile High Fur Con, has been proposed to take the place of Rocky Mountain. The convention is intended to be a con “with the values we’re seeking,” with “staff background checks [and]no tolerance for hate symbols/speech.”
Any funds held by the Rocky Mountain Fur Con will go to paying off creditors with what’s left over going to refund those who bought tickets to this year’s convention.
(Featured image by Dylan Otto Krider/Flickr)