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Our stories. Straight from the muzzle. What’s The Fuzz?! dares to ask why the Furry Fandom isn’t as open and accepting as it purports to be. We put the mic in front of the forgotten members of the fandom. A large focus goes to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) furs where they can speak their minds without getting filtered or silenced. If you feel alone in your struggles, or want to hear a different point of view - don’t wait. Join the conversation. Note: That this podcast is 18+ only, and the views expressed here may not represent the furry fandom as a whole.

What's The Fuzz?‪!‬ Rhyner

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Our stories. Straight from the muzzle. What’s The Fuzz?! dares to ask why the Furry Fandom isn’t as open and accepting as it purports to be. We put the mic in front of the forgotten members of the fandom. A large focus goes to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) furs where they can speak their minds without getting filtered or silenced. If you feel alone in your struggles, or want to hear a different point of view - don’t wait. Join the conversation. Note: That this podcast is 18+ only, and the views expressed here may not represent the furry fandom as a whole.

    Interview With Strypz - Gothic Style, Religion, & Media Mastery

    Interview With Strypz - Gothic Style, Religion, & Media Mastery

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    BIPOC FURRY EVENTS
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    The traumatic experience ( Trigger warning )

    On March 22nd 2021 I interviewed Strypz, aka Berry Unusual, a darkly inclined individual with his paws all over the set from the lights, the cameras, and the action! He (sometimes she) is a mixture of Christian, goth, black, furry, and more that may have you scratch your head and give him another look. Don't let that distract you though, Strypz proves to be one of the most interesting and down to Earth people I've had the pleasure of speaking with. 

    He goes on to tell me how he came to fall out of his faith, and regain it stronger than ever. The journey he takes us on really opened my eyes to how it can bring us together - pagan, atheist, Christian or whatever. However, this isn't the only side to this talented feline. Since the age of 13 Strypz has been working in media, and his experience shows as he goes on to talk about the passion he has for his Youtube channel. 

    And that's not even the tip of the iceberg. Creating a fursuit from scratch? Check. Creating clothing line? Check. Music producer? Check. Jump in, you won't wanna miss this one!

    As always. Thanks for listening! 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Interview With Mandi - Education, History, & Passing Knowledge

    Interview With Mandi - Education, History, & Passing Knowledge

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    BIPOC FURRY EVENTS

    On March 21st 2021 I sat down with Mandi the jumping spider! A black woman who's a soon to be archeologist and history nerd. This energetic, and kind hearted arachnid shares from her wealth of knowledge whether it be about the furry fandom, black culture, or historical events. 

    Though 2021 has been a struggle for all of us, it's important to reflect on how far you've come as well. Mandi's optimism shines through despite shedding light on some bleak aspects of our lives including something that has affected her personally: the education system. How would you like history to be taught in schools? 

    Thanks for listening! 


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Interview With Gram - Fursuit Fanatics, Community, & Creative Drive

    Interview With Gram - Fursuit Fanatics, Community, & Creative Drive

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    On March 20th '21 I interviewed Gram a black, non-binary fursuit crafter and artist living their best life! As the co-owner of Furench Toast Fursuits, she's had quite the history with making fursuits and interacting with all kinds of people. It was surprising to learn that her family was supportive of their craft from the start. Not something you hear everyday to say the least. 

    While Gram excels at being creative, outsiders tend to judge them before getting to know them.  Living in various places in the Midwest, you learn harsh realities earlier than others. Being singled out in furmeets and group chats tends to rub someone the wrong way, and Gram explains why it's so hurtful and the effects it can have on someone mentally. Thankfully, Gram manages to find friends in their own way, 

    Thanks for listening to this episode! We're going to be going on a hiatus until June.  
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Interview With Kiri - Kindness, Academia, & Health Conditions

    Interview With Kiri - Kindness, Academia, & Health Conditions

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    Stephanie Interview

    The missing person Marquez Duncan was found April 8th, '21.

    On March 14th '21, I sat down with Kiri the black academic who's determination drives her to be the best she can be. Her journey through the fandom really shows the magic of it all. How found family, and misfits can make you feel at home and get through tough times. It can be difficult, Kiri tells, to live with the conditions that manifest in painful ways physically and mentally.

    Though, as you'll hear time and time again that one act of kindness is all you need sometimes. It can really change someone's perspective. Speaking of change, Kiri discusses how the false pretenses of purity hurt the left. After all, everyone has been guilty of something in the past for one thing or the other. She opens up and talks about how the turning point for her in regards to LGBT+ was the case of Matthew Shepard.

    This quirky, and witty dhole really proves the perseverance of her species through her dedication to academia. To keep pushing to understand and learn even if it can be painful sometimes. When it comes to her family and their support for her ambitions, well, you'll just have to hear how touching it is for yourselves!

    Thank you for listening!

    Cover art done by Vanilla! If you enjoy their art, please consider checking out their Patreon here! 
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Interview With Fujimaru - Gundams, The Navy, & Black Legacy

    Interview With Fujimaru - Gundams, The Navy, & Black Legacy

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    Mentioned Video

    On March 13th (14th?) I sat down with Fujimaru a part of husky royalty largely revered for being unapologetically black on and off his streams. This "princess of huskies" digs deep into his soul to discuss topics that dig at all of us. The furries that made him feel unwelcome, the atrocities of war, and of course his deep love for gundams and anime. 

    There's a lot of ground to cover when it comes to what black people have contributed to the history of the US, and how they're treated today. From the effects of the insurrection to the subtle dog whistles that led to it, Fujimaru adds the insight to describe what made that day so devastating to him. 

    Thank you for listening! Don't forget to share with a friend! 
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Interview With Hanzo - Outcasts, Imperialism, & Fresh Beats

    Interview With Hanzo - Outcasts, Imperialism, & Fresh Beats

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    On March 12th, '21 I interviewed Hanzo a half Japanese, half Irish drifter busy making beats in his studio. When he's not rapping, singing, making videos, or dancing with his crew Clawz N' Concrete Crew. He dishes his grievances towards the furry fandom and why he prefers to call himself a 'beastman' instead of a furry in this interview.

    Hanzo doesn't pull punches when talking about "furry role models" and the lack of the accountability in the fandom. Not to mention fandom's obsession with EDM or what goes on in some of the room parties. 

    Stepping outside of the criticisms of the fandom Hanzo touches on the anti-Asian rhetoric spread by 45, the model minority, and imperialism. Buckle in because things get heavy, but it's not all heavy! 

    Thanks for listening! 
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

Sai The Owl ,

Nothing But Vibes

First off I just wanna say that Rhyner is a fantastic host with vary welcoming energy!
The topics that he talks about with his guests outline important talking points that go beyond just the furry fandom. What I love the most about this show is that Rhyner gives a voice to BIPOC people, and sheds a light on issues that we deal with on the regular. 100% say give this one a listen!

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