"The Furred Reich: The truth about Nazi furries and the alt-right" is a New Statesmen article that went fairly viral this week, and the moment I saw the title, I was sure Second Life would somehow be involved. And there it was:
“It’s obviously not a swastika,” claims Foxler – who also insists his furry name is a portmanteau of “Fox” and his real surname, “Miller”, not “Hitler”, as many online argue. Foxler says he first began wearing the armband – which features a paw print in place of a swastika – after he dropped out of high school and started playing the online role-playing game Second Life, in which the band was available as a character accessory.
So yes, at least some Second Life furries are sporting a fascist-like paw print armband. I wasn't totally surprised by that, because there are anti-fascist furries too:
This from the Vice Twitter thread on Avatars Against Trump. And so a deadly serious real world issue reaches the most obscure corners of the virtual world, and around them, furry forces collide.