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Here is the furry segment that appeared on G4 as part of the 21st century fetishes episode of Wired For Sex.

They mainly interviewed bengali_summercat with robert_hill and showed old footage from MFF 2000 and CF, plus one of Robert's fursuits on display at the Museum of Sex here in New York City. Outside observers tapped included Katherine Gates whose book "Deviant Desires" originally portrayed fursuiting as a fetish.

Much to my personal "relief", the couple of seconds my picture is shown both in and out of costume, the voiceover heard is "Not all furries are fetishists...some are just interested in the hairy creatures of anime and science fiction." The still photos of me as RTR are the same ones taken by Mark Peterson originally for the Financial Times of London and later syndicated through Corbis.com (which also led to my picture being in the Weekly World News).

Like many similar slanted reports on the fandom, this pieces confuses and blurs the distinction between the fandom at large and those that don fursuits, and then gives the inevitable impression that most wearers are in them for deviant sex. Indeed, in the show's script, you could easily interchange the word "fetish" with "hobby" when they were talking about "other" aspects of the fandom, but given the nature of the series and this episode in particular, the F word was favored.

One more thing, while I was friends with Robert Hill years ago in the past, in this TV report he mentions humping a friend in a rabbit costume--that was certainly not me.

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After all these years, this is the first time I got to see what Robert Hill looked like. I noticed that the narrator said "whether wearing just ears and tails..." I know a great deal of folks that wear fursuits just to have fun. I know lots of folks that wear suits to look and feel cute. I also know lots of folks that suit up to feel sexy and sensual. However, I know a very small amount of folks that do have sex in costume. It's really unfortunate that the media thinks all our costumes are about sex. I'm really glad that Rapid T. Rabbit was shown as a prime example of the costumed characters that are just for fun.

I think it's really interesting that some of his costumes are on display in an NYC museum.

Robert Hill reminds me of Ernest Borgnine.

I suppose this report isn't too bad, as far as sexy time goes. They at least make us look harmless. The people watching this kind of show aren't a mainstream audience either. So that's where the difference of CSI and this is. Could we petition CSI to make another furry show? It seems to be one of their most popular. At least we could reference ourselves with an some kind of updated version of the show. Our reference to CSI is irrelevant right now. That episode is 7 years old. We weren't really booming at that time. Whenever we talk of CSI we make it sound to someone who has never seen it before, like we are on every episode of it.

Good lord - where did they find Robt. Hill? I haven't talked to him in ages - he just seemed to drop off the earth.

Robert Hill never went away anywhere and always has been where he's at, essentially he just has not been sociable. Even back when I visited him annually during the early 90's (at the same condo you see in this video) he was already shunning the fandom at large and keeping to himself. This was during the time he escorted myself and thaddeus_fox in the Pasadena DooDah Parade.

Robert was actually one of the first furries I ever met and he also referred me to furs in my home area such as mejeep. He first learned about me when his friend and fellow fursuiter rusty_raccoon showed him my 1990 writeup in SPY Magazine.

It felt like MTV:Sex2K Redux. Then again, everything that was said was pretty much true. I just hate to see the fandom get defined as such. It's not a freakin' fetish!!!

Personally, I'm a non-fetish furry. I just feel that I'm something more than human. And, let's face it. Being around other furries, especially fursuiters, just feels good. *giggles* It makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over! Yup, that's how I get my warm and fuzzies. YERF!! ^.^

Oh crap, those bastards put me in it.

You know, it'd be nice if they went into the art aspect of the whole thing. Sure, they showed FurAffinity and some of Robert Hill's art, but that doesn't nearly cover it. Some furries dress up, others fap to art, just about all enjoy clean artwork, and a lot of people who like furry stuff don't even consider themselves furry! I realize this was a short segment on a large piece covering fetishes, but other dedicated specials have failed to really explore the whole furry scene.

Not that a furry running the show would be any better. All those "leave furries alone!" videos on YouTube can attest to that. :P

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