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(Gothamist)   Now's the time to regulate the furries of Times Square and render them impotent before they multiply   (gothamist.com) divider line 62
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2013-04-10 12:12:21 PM
I thought we had to embrace our differences. Those would have to include furries.

/ or that's what everybody says about gay marriage; are furries denied rights because they are furries?
 
2013-04-10 12:13:15 PM
Elmo is a furry now?

And Dora?

And Spiderman?
 
2013-04-10 12:15:33 PM
I daresay the arguments for regulation are a bit... Fuzzy
 
2013-04-10 12:15:53 PM
Finally! Lets get rid of these weirdo freaks! Furocaust 2013!
 
2013-04-10 12:17:12 PM
So Times Square has been turned into a cheesy theme park attraction.  Do none of those "performers" have to pay royalties to the intellectual property holders of the characters they portray?
 
2013-04-10 12:18:22 PM
"Super Mario groped the woman," says Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins. "Elmo was ranting anti-Semitic things. Spider-Man punched a woman in the face. Now a kid was attacked by Cookie Monster. And those are just ones where there's been an arrest! We've anecdotally heard there's a lot more that's been happening. One of my staff members said an Elmo patted her backside when she was walking through Times Square on a crowded day." Tompkins also pointed us to a photo of a man dressed as Toy Story's Woody urinating in a doorway (photo #6).


Provided I'm able to stay far enough away from Woody and his puddles, all this makes me more likely to visit Times Square. It sounds entertaining.
 
2013-04-10 12:18:49 PM
Problem is, when you regulate it, you're also implicitly saying it's okay. I'd rather we just get rid of them altogether.
 
2013-04-10 12:20:25 PM
The Baseball Furies? Pretty sure they aren't from Time Square...
 
2013-04-10 12:23:04 PM
Authorities need to stop this before the freaks get mixed up with the drug addicts. There's nothing worse than a furry with the syringe on top.
 
2013-04-10 12:24:06 PM
Flamethrower.
 
2013-04-10 12:24:13 PM
There's already some NYC law about wearing masks in public.
 
2013-04-10 12:26:08 PM
why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.
 
2013-04-10 12:31:31 PM
    Dear subby,
You may think N Korea and Iran are a joke; terrorists are clowns. But let me warn you, enrage the furries,
earn their animosity, and hell will fall down upon you, your family, your extended family, your neighborhood.
   signed,
Wheelchair bound survivor
 
2013-04-10 12:35:31 PM
www.warehouse23.com
 
2013-04-10 12:38:23 PM
NEW YORK Penal Law 240.35 (4):
Being masked or in any manner disguised by unusual or unnatural attire or facial alteration, loiters, remains or congregates in a public place with other persons so masked or disguised, or knowingly permits or aids persons so masked or disguised to congregate in a public place; except that such conduct is not unlawful when it occurs in connection with a masquerade party or like entertainment if, when such entertainment is held in a city which has promulgated regulations in connection with such affairs, permission is first obtained from the police or other appropriate authorities; (National Lawyers Guild NYC Chapter paper on the

(law dates from 1845)
 
2013-04-10 12:39:31 PM
i49.tinypic.com
 
DB
2013-04-10 12:42:56 PM

TheHighlandHowler: NEW YORK Penal Law 240.35 (4):
Being masked or in any manner disguised by unusual or unnatural attire or facial alteration, loiters, remains or congregates in a public place with other persons so masked or disguised, or knowingly permits or aids persons so masked or disguised to congregate in a public place; except that such conduct is not unlawful when it occurs in connection with a masquerade party or like entertainment if, when such entertainment is held in a city which has promulgated regulations in connection with such affairs, permission is first obtained from the police or other appropriate authorities; (National Lawyers Guild NYC Chapter paper on the

(law dates from 1845)


As TFA pointed out, the mask law only applies to a group, not an individual.
 
2013-04-10 12:44:03 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Authorities need to stop this before the freaks get mixed up with the drug addicts. There's nothing worse than a furry with the syringe on top.


You may have said this before, but damned if it ever gets old.

Lutrasimilis: Elmo is a furry now?

And Dora?

And Spiderman?


The fandom definition's pretty loose as it is. I'd imagine anything from baseball mascots to drawing Pokemon art would be considered "furry" in the right (wrong?) context.

/Of course, that all-encompassing perspective is probably why the mere mention of furries on the Internet tends to conjure images most horrifying
 
2013-04-10 12:46:10 PM

Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.


Because for the last 80 years every song, TV show, music video, movie, etc. set in or about New York has mentioned Times Square as the crossroads of the world?

I love how New Yorkers get butthurt about tourists.  If you spend all your time and money bragging about how awesome the place is, what do you expect?
 
2013-04-10 12:46:51 PM
Just demand that they show proof of citizenship. They'll clear out in a hurry.
 
2013-04-10 12:46:53 PM
I was grabbed and bear hugged by that same cookie monster just last month.  I wasn't sure if I should have paid him or charged him, so I just walked away.  As a NYer it's easy for me to walk away, a measly tourist wouldn't stand a chance.
 
DB
2013-04-10 12:47:08 PM
Anti-semite Elmo was the best.
 
2013-04-10 12:48:22 PM
I was hoping for Renamon or something. Oh well.
 
2013-04-10 12:50:31 PM

ds_4815: The fandom definition's pretty loose as it is. I'd imagine anything from baseball mascots to drawing Pokemon art would be considered "furry" in the right (wrong?) context.


Woody from Toy Story. Japanese Robot. Cookie Monster.

Hard to see the connection.
 
2013-04-10 12:52:55 PM
It only takes one anti-Semitic groping freak peeing in a doorway to ruin it for everybody.
 
2013-04-10 12:54:47 PM

Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.


Because Times Square has a reputation (outside New York) of being the heart of the city, the "downtown" of New York where it's like all of New York City summed up as one thing.  Of course, it earned that reputation decades ago, and everything that made it unique was exterminated to turn it into a gentrified homogenous pablum that is, as you said, like any mall on Earth.

Somehow though, the idea of fursuited/costumed grifters mugging people, urinating in doorways and groping women makes me smile, like the spirit of Times Square lives even though they cleaned it up on the surface.
 
2013-04-10 01:02:44 PM

iheartscotch: I thought we had to embrace our differences. Those would have to include furries.

/ or that's what everybody says about gay marriage; are furries denied rights because they are furries?


that road leads to turtle farking
 
2013-04-10 01:06:16 PM
Standing around in a creepy costume doesn't warrant a tip from passers-by.

Groping would get one of their plastic eyeballs rammed into a place that is very uncomfortable, regardless if the costume was anatomically correct or required an orifice be created for that specific purpose.

Anti-semite Elmo might get my attention...not because I'm against Jewish folks, but because someone ranting will always get me to slow down for a moment (like the religeous nutter that repeatedly screams "REPENT!!!!" on a corner here in downtown Pittsburgh).

If you want to see Real BuskingTM , then you need to get to Mallory Square (where the weird go pro.)

/artcle is meh...NYer's problems.
//Trip Advisor reviews of Mallory Square busking, all 2,300 of 'em with an avg of 4.5/5
///slashie trifecta.
 
2013-04-10 01:15:15 PM
Maybe I missed it,  but where were furries (as in the Furry Fandom) mentioned? Sounds more like asshole street performers to me.

Most fursuiters that I know of would rather go around and not ask for money for random pictures. *shrug*
 
2013-04-10 01:15:32 PM
What's really annoying is that some of them may $200.00+/day. That has the potential of over $70K/yr in cash....how many of them are actually paying taxes on that money? Are they avoiding taxes and getting Government benefits?
 
2013-04-10 01:16:02 PM

Fano: iheartscotch: I thought we had to embrace our differences. Those would have to include furries.

/ or that's what everybody says about gay marriage; are furries denied rights because they are furries?

that road leads to turtle farking


I was being snarky. The same people who have LGBT bumper stickers are just as guilty of furry hate as the jebus fish people.

/ if they aren't hurting anybody; and they are obeying the law, nobody should care if they dress up like bizarro stormie and lick the foot of a bearded lady.
 
2013-04-10 01:19:29 PM

TheHighlandHowler: There's already some NYC law about wearing masks in public.


the keene act was repealed after we didn't have a nuclear war
 
2013-04-10 01:20:18 PM
Personally, I like the fact that the tourists congregate in Times Square, and eat at places like Olive Garden. It keeps the buggers away from the good places.
 
2013-04-10 01:22:04 PM
I always thought those guys worked for Disney / Warner Bros etc. They're all basically panhandlers with a theme?

I will not feel badly in the future telling them to get the fark out of my way when they're standing on a corner between me and a yellow light.
 
2013-04-10 01:24:10 PM

StrangeQ: So Times Square has been turned into a cheesy theme park attraction.  Do none of those "performers" have to pay royalties to the intellectual property holders of the characters they portray?


Don't be a copyright troll about this.
 
2013-04-10 01:27:41 PM
Also apologies to the homosexual community for using your slur against furries.
 
2013-04-10 01:36:55 PM

Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.


It leaves the good parts of the city for the rest of us.
 
2013-04-10 01:38:03 PM
uhhhh... yeah.

www.catmankeywest.com
 
2013-04-10 01:50:32 PM
regulation? no need. Enforce deportation laws and the problem takes care of itself.
 
2013-04-10 01:54:12 PM

StrangeQ: So Times Square has been turned into a cheesy theme park attraction.  Do none of those "performers" have to pay royalties to the intellectual property holders of the characters they portray?


LOL

Well, if pressed, they are "Elmar" and "Dana the Adventurer" i'm sure, but i doubt the immigrant South Americans that are often the ones in these costumes care much about the royalty system or copyright infringement.
 
2013-04-10 01:55:22 PM
It's got to be a really shiatty way to make a living. I'm sure that if they had a better option, they'd take it. OTOH I guess most of them are homeless crazy people. Not exactly the best ambassadors for the city.
 
2013-04-10 02:13:21 PM
I blame Giuliani
 
2013-04-10 02:16:25 PM
Thread needs more fur
images.wikia.com

New Cheetara is so much better than's 80's Cheetara
 
2013-04-10 02:23:08 PM
Can we do the same thing in Hollywood please?? It's disgusting... Also if you haven't seen the documentary "Confessions Of A Superhero" check it out... It's about some of the people who dress up for a living and bother tourists. Pathetic but hilarious!
 
2013-04-10 02:27:47 PM
I work for one of the companies whose intellectual property is being used, unlicensed, on Times Square.  I'd also mention we are located right on Times Square itself.

I know this is a gathering concern for our bigwigs, as these costumes are essentially representing our brand(s).  Obviously they are not sanctioned, but there is awareness that some Cookie Monster feeling up some kid or some Spiderman punching out some old lady could lead to a lawsuit.  Even if not that, then just erosion in trust.  It takes a video or picture of that and...  y'know.

I expect a crackdown.  Last year there were a few of these guys, almost a handful.  Now they're everywhere.  The summer will be worse.
 
2013-04-10 02:34:46 PM

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No.

You never initiate Exfurminatus with anything less than obliterating firepower

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-10 02:50:35 PM
You don't need any new laws to take care of these guys.

Have two small female cops go without uniformt o take pictures and not pay, when they are threatened, or attacked throw the farking book at them.

Once word gets out they can't ask ar berate peopel for money most will go away.

Problem solved.
 
2013-04-10 03:24:40 PM
Catch, neuter and release might work but how likely is it that furries will ever actually have sex?

/Yiffing doesn't count
 
2013-04-10 03:28:54 PM
These guys are all over the Vegas strip. They're pretty funny actually. It's kind of unsettling to see two Mickey Mouses (Mickey Mice?) standing on the same block, one with a dirty, moth eaten costume. Your brain is screaming at you that one of them is an imposter.

Oh yeah, they don't move. They just stand there looking creepy.
 
2013-04-10 03:39:45 PM
This guy feels your pain
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