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Anthpo Furry Party Controversy

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Added by Phillip Hamilton • Updated 8 days ago by Phillip Hamilton
Added by Phillip Hamilton • Updated 8 days ago by Phillip Hamilton

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Category: Event Status: Submission Year: 2024 Origin: YouTube Region: United States
Type: Controversy,
Tags: anthony po, anthpo furries, anthpo furry video, anthony po furry video, anthpo apology furry video, furry convention, youtube, youtuber, backlash,
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Overview

The Anthpo Furry Party Controversy refers to backlash toward a video by YouTuber Anthpo in which he goes undercover as a furry to a furry convention and films himself and other furries at an orgy, aka a "furry party." The video was uploaded in mid-May 2024 following a year-long break from content creation for Anthpo. Anthony and the video itself inspired controversy for its tone, which was seen as mocking the furry lifestyle by many. In particular, the inclusion of censored footage of the furry party was met with criticism, with some finding it inappropriate and wondering if it was consensually included and filmed, as Anthpo does not clearly say whether or not it was in the video. Anthpo removed the footage from the video, claiming he did so after a furry involved in the party asked him to. He also set the video as a fundraiser for the Trevor Project and apologized via an X / Twitter post.

Background

On May 15th, 2024, YouTuber[1] Anthpo, aka Anthony Po, posted his second video since May 14th, 2023, when he announced that he was retiring the channel. The video is titled "I Spent 200 Days Undercover as a Furry."

In the video, Anthpo documents himself going undercover as a furry named Sigma Paws for months with the hopes of going to a furry convention, getting invited to a furry orgy and documenting it. Much of the video is spent at the convention and discussing the furry lifestyle with other furries. He expresses a newfound respect for furries, despite also calling them "cringe."

Anthpo ends up getting invited to a group chat for a furry party after leaving business cards with his phone number on them around the convention hall that read, "If you're having an orgy, invite me." He then attends the furry party and said he purportedly got permission to film at the party and showed some censored footage from the event in the video, although Anthony purports that he only recorded clips of cuddling. The footage has since been removed from the video. The upload gained over 540,000 views in five days (embed unavailable, thumbnail shown below).


me I Spent 200 Days Undercover as a Furry Anthony Po 6K views 1 minute ago 17:31

Developments

Criticism

Anthpo's video became the subject of criticism on social media over the following days, particularly from the furry community, with some expressing outrage over Anthpo's perceived mocking tone throughout the video and his choice to include footage of the party in the video.

On May 15th, 2024, X[2] user @BarleyTheBurr posted a thread expressing his problems with the video, writing, "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," garnering over 4,600 likes in five days (shown below).


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 ...

On May 16th, a post was made to the subreddit /r/youtubedrama[3] about the video, garnering over 330 upvotes in four days, in which the user also expressed concerns and a wish to know if the footage was consensually recorded and shared.

Anthpo's Response

On May 20th, 2024, Anthpo posted an apology for the video to his X[4] account (@anthpo), garnering over 2,500 likes in around an hour. In the response, Anthony claims one of the people involved in the party asked to be removed from the video, so he removed the clip. He writes that he did not record anything sexual, only cuddling.

He also claims his phone was "visibly set up" in the hotel room and that the recording was "mentioned beforehand." He also apologizes to the furry community for "perpetuating stereotypes" in the community and announces that the video is now a fundraiser for the Trevor Project (shown below).


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.

Online Reactions

The video was largely met with criticism after it was uploaded in mid-May 2024. Most of the criticism was due to the inclusion of the censored furry party footage, with some concerned over whether or not Anthony got consent to include it in the video. Others found the video's tone problematic, believing that it mocked the furry community and perpetuated stereotypes about the furry community being overtly sexual and, essentially, a fetish (reaction examples shown below).[5][6][7]


Andy @DNAbro You filmed sexually explicit videos without people's consent and uploaded part of it to YouTube for clout? x.com/anthpo/status/... This post is unavailable. 8:52 AM - May 17, 2024 - 7,849 Views Mault swimm poopoo s--- fart @kiyutskipartii oh, that's beloved youtuber anthpo making his long awaited return by perpetuating age-old stereotypes about an already wrongfully scrutinized community (in which he unconsentually records the sex lives of others) x.com/anthpo/status/... 22 This post is unavailable. 9:43 PM - May 16, 2024 - 16.5K Views strekks.bsky.social @Strekks 'Furries are so nice, anyway look at how weird they are, let me just film a sexual encounter and giggle with my youtube bro like we're back in 2010s prank tube yoooo hypeeeeeee' Anthony Po @anthpo Follow I just uploaded arguably the worst YouTube video of all time

On May 16th, 2024, as the video was going viral, X[8] user @wheatfielddoggy made a post about their inclusion in a dance competition seen in the video, seemingly not wanting to appear in the video (shown below, left). Later that same day, they posted an email to X[9] from Anthony in which he promised to blur the user's face in the video, which he did (shown below, right).


Grain Dog!. AC @wheatfielddoggy OH MY GOF OH MY FUCKINNG GOD HELP dude im f------ cooked oh my god 12:00 + EVA NEW YESTERDAY 53 DAY 10 I Spent 200 Days Undercover as a Furry youtu.be Dude my favorite youtuber called you the most impressive dancer It's at like 7:07 I was way too high to have my friend surprisingly pop up on my screen but it was so f------ cool! TODAY ME Delivered 12:01 AM - May 16, 2024 - 6,045 Views SOON Grain Dog!. AC @wheatfielddoggy he got onto with timely speed and i couldn't have expected such a better response shout out anthpo for helpin me out Anthpo Business 12:22 AM to me v Hey! H-------- of course I remember you! Appreciate you being so kind and keep up the dancing. Will get on blurring you right now. Thank you for being understanding and sorry for the inconveniences Toodles, ANTHONY PO'S TEAM

Search Interest

External References

[1] YouTube – Anthpo

[2] X – BarleyTheBurr

[3] Reddit – youtubedrama

[4] X – anthpo

[5] X – DNAbro

[6] X – kiyutskipartii

[7] X – Strekks

[8] X – wheatfielddoggy

[9] X – wheatfielddoggy



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