I'll be honest. I had hesitations as to whether or not I wanted to write about this story just because 'furry' culture is twelve kinds of taboo. But then I remembered that this is, after all, the Funny community, and this story is probably the most hilarious thing I've seen today, so who would I be to keep this from you?
Yes, the headline you read is right. A hotel in British Columbia, Canada accidentally booked the 'VancouFur' furry convention at the same exact time Syrian refugees were being moved in.
So what did the hotel do about it?
They distributed a letter on behalf of both the hotel and the VancouvFur convention, alerting them about the situation and kindly asking them to, you know, tone it down.
They also asked who spoke Arabic. Because nothing is more comforting to a child refugee than an anthropomorphic bear with strangely defined abs communicating in your mother tongue.
However, according to several personal accounts of the event, everything went pretty smoothly, with one VancouFur attendee adding: "To them, we were cartoons to come to life. To us, it was a means to display our acting performance to a very appreciative audience."
It seems that the furries appealed to the arriving Syrian kids kind of like when you visit Mickey in Disneyland. (And if that comparison turned you off from talking to another costumed Mickey Mouse for life, don't worry. It did it to me too.)
So now that I've gotten this ridiculous (yet true) story out of the way, I've got to ask you guys:
What do YOU think of all this? Did the hotel solve their problem pretty well? If you were running the hotel, would you have done anything differently?
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