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09 August 2004 @ 12:00 am
Let the fur fly  
I just had a strange realisation.

The Monty Python sketch that was a mockumentary about the deviant behaviour of people who go to parties and dress up as mice, was eerily prescient.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Mr Sinisterglintsinisterglint on August 9th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)
This segue may seem tenuous at best, but fuck it! Recently, while reading in the lounge room, I caught an ad on telly for some clothes company – JayJay's I think - in which two couples arrive in a car to a party. As they mount the porch a girl hops up on her guy's back, piggyback-style, and we see through the window everyone at the party is wearing an animal costume of some description. The new arrivals knock and a guy dressed as a zebra opens the door. The gag is that it's a dress-up party, the theme being 'animals', and the guy with the girl on his back says, "This is Michelle". (My shell - turtle – get it?) However, the first thing I thought was, "Hmmm, Furry party," though I don't think that's the demographic the ad execs were aiming for.
Jacobyak_boy on August 9th, 2004 02:02 am (UTC)
Your story seems completely relevant to me.

I must say, it's pretty sad when advertising agencies resort to such old jokes though.

Although not as bad as the Tropfest finalist that was basically a film retelling of a very old joke. Lame in the extreme. What brain-dead wanker thought that was a clever entry? Especially considering the writer admitted it was based on a joke they had heard!
Robet Éivaayvah on August 10th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think a lot of Monty Python's stuff seem that way. Though I think that for the most part that's just because the world hasn't changed as much as we think it has.

I'm interested in seeing this sketch now, though a small voice in my head tells me that I already have.
Jacob: ex-parrotyak_boy on August 10th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
Sure, there's a good chance that there were "Furries" back in the 60s/70s, but they would probably have existed as individuals who simply considered themselves to have a bizarre and unique fetish.

What the internet does is that allows a minority of people, spread across the globe, to easily share info and form an online community.

So the existence of "Furries" didn't really solidify until they organised themselves into a community, and gave themselves a name.

What the Python sketch is really about, is parodying "hard-hitting exposes" of gay culture (considering homosexuality was still technically illegal at the time). It has interviewers asking questions like, "when did you first realise you were a mouse?" Answered by, "I was at this party, and someone brought out some cheese..."

I seriously doubt it was actually about Furry Parties.