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Who Is 'Anthpo' And Why Is The Furry Community Mad At Him? The YouTuber's 'Furry Party' Controversy Explained

A popular YouTuber is going viral for the worst reasons after uploading a video about the furry community that included some questionable footage. The video was meant to be YouTuber Anthpo's big return, but now he's been forced to respond to a mountain of backlash and edit his video after including censored footage of a so-called "furry party" in the video. Here's what you need to know and how Anthpo responded to the criticism.

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Who Is 'Anthpo' And Why Are Furries Mad At Him?

Anthpo, or Anthony Po, is a popular YouTuber with over 1.7 million subscribers. He started posting videos in 2019 as a high school student and continued throughout college, with his main content being lighthearted pranks, public stunts and comedy skits. In May 2023, as Anthony graduated college, he announced that he'd retire the channel and move on with his life.

Then, a year later, he announced that he was back and he'd be dropping a host of new videos throughout 2024, with the first official video covering the topic of furries. Specifically, Anthpo revealed that he'd been posing as a furry online for months in order to go to a convention and get invited to an adults-only "furry party."

Originally, Anthpo included spicy, censored footage from that party in the video, which garnered controversy from members of the community, who were curious if he got consent from all parties to post it. Further, the general tone of his video was criticized for being mocking of the furry lifestyle and perpetuating harmful stereotypes about furries.

BarleyTheBurr @BarleyTheBurr - May 15 It's rare I speak up about things, but this is really getting to me and I feel the need to say something: Anthpo, a YouTuber with 1.7m subs, uploaded a YouTube video today where, in part of it, they secretly recorded videos at NSFW parties at a furry convention (ANE). (1/5) 10:14 95% BarleyTheBurr @BarleyTheBurr-May 15 If Anthpo DID ask for their consent and explain what the videos would be used for, then I feel it would've been mandatory to state that in the video to prevent confusion. While the individuals in these videos are blurred, it sets a very concerning precedent for when it (3/5) TRASH I Spent 200 Days Undercover as a Furry 119,712 views 4h ago ...more Anthony Po 1.74M 2 7 61 1.5K 55K t BarleyTheBurr @BarleyTheBurr - May 15 is and isn't okay to record others, ESPECIALLY in environments like a con where some folks go there to escape their day-to-day lives, and often times want their lives in the fandom to remain entirely private. I'm really genuinely disappointed in Anthpo's decision to record (4/5) Q4 17 58 1.5K ill 58K 126 11.3K BarleyTheBurr @BarleyTheBurr 4.6K 342K At no point during the video does Anthpo state that the people attending said parties knew they were being recorded, nor do they express that any videos taken during the party will be used for a YouTube video very much aimed at a non-furry audience. (2/5) 10:33 PM - May 15, 2024 - 56.6K Views BarleyTheBurr @BarleyTheBurr and include that footage in the video, especially as someone who has loved their content for years. I hope they decide to take this version of the video down. (5/5) 10:33 PM - May 15, 2024 57K Views ...

How Did Anthpo Respond To The Controversy?

Anthpo received notable backlash from his subreddit, the /r/YouTubeDrama subreddit and X / Twitter users in the days following the video's release. In response, Anthpo removed around two minutes from the video, in which he purportedly showed censored footage from the furry party. He also blurred the face of another furry in the video after being asked to do so.

Anthpo released an apology on May 20th, where he claims he deleted the footage after a participant in the party reached out to him and asked him to do so. He also reiterated that he did get consent, but still admitted that it was a bad idea to include the footage, despite consulting lawyers before the upload. Finally, Anthpo apologized for perpetuating harmful stereotypes about furries and set the video as a fundraiser for the Trevor Project.

I want to clear up some misconceptions from the furry video. I removed 2 minutes from the video after speaking to one of the people involved and they asked to be removed. They did not want the situation to become a huge deal—for their sake, I'm trying to avoid doing more damage than I've already done. I did not film audio or video of anything sexual- just cuddling. I am not here to defend myself, just wanted to clarify. All audio was remade. Recording was mentioned beforehand. A phone was visibly setup in the hotel room. And then afterwards everything was heavily blurred or remade entirely. I had spoken to lawyers and checks were done by YouTube. This being said, this DOES NOT excuse what I did as anything less than horrible. I'm disappointed in myself and am so sorry to those specifically involved and to those who feel betrayed. For those criticizing me for perpetuating stereotypes amongst the furry community, I want to apologize and emphasize that wasn't my goal in any capacity. I greatly appreciate those of you who reached out with genuine concern. I turned the video into a fundraiser for the Trevor Project.

For the full history of the Anthpo Furry Party Controversy, be sure to check out GotFunnyPictures's encyclopedia entry for more information.

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