Fur Con News: Confuzzled Parts Ways with Prof. Elemental

As posted on Confuzzled official site

Ending Professor Elementals involvement in vCFz

Tonight, we would like to make the following announcement;

Following reviews of your feedback, both via the feedback form we opened, and the responses via social media, we have held further discussions with Professor Elemental, and agreed that it would be for the best to end his involvement with ConFuzzled.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the furry community, particularly the trans and GNC furries for whom this whole situation, we appreciate, was extremely sensitive. Many of you told us you were hurt by our choices in this matter. We sincerely apologise to the trans and GNC members of the furry community for the distress this has caused. 

We wanted to investigate this with our own GNC and trans staff, and crew, before inviting you all for your thoughts on whether the event should go on. Our response has been led by our GNC and Trans staff and crew. Our survey was never intended to be viewed as a vote on safety, but an attempt by these staff members to gather your opinions.

Ultimately however we have come to the above conclusion that both ConFuzzled and Professor Elemental are to part ways with no involvement by them at Virtual ConFuzzled.

It was absolutely never our intention to endorse somebody that would make a section of our attendee base feel hurt in this way. We strive to be a place where everyone feels welcome.

We want to be clear that within the entire ConFuzzled family, from the senior executives, right through the entire staff and crew – our views on the furry community are that our values of openness, acceptance, and tolerance are paramount. These are our beliefs – and this is what we would hope to translate into our standards. We fell short of that.

How did this happen? Well, this is something that we will be working on, however it’s already clear that at least two things need to be better in future;

  1. Taking greater care to spotlight members of the community in our events
  2. Working to ensure our attendees, including trans & GNC furs, feel safe, and welcome at ConFuzzled

We want everyone to feel they are in safe hands with the convention. That they are respected. That they are attending a furry event that holds true to those values we mentioned above.  That means something. It’s important we remember that.

With that in mind – Virtual ConFuzzled would like to arrange an inclusive, furry community diversity celebration at the virtual convention to re-iterate our commitment to being a safe, welcoming and inclusive event for all. We know time is short, but we’d of course welcome any of you who might like to get involved, either in running such an event, or just participating in some fashion. If you would like to be involved, please contact events@confuzzled.org.uk 

In the meantime, we’ve got some further work to do. If you want to share further thoughts with us, please contact outreach@confuzzled.org.uk 


In parting company Professor Elemental asked us to relay this message.

Professor’s statement – Received at 17:53 Friday 30th April 2021

Hello, Professor Elemental here. A few weeks ago I was booked to play for Confuzzled. I was delighted as I’ve long been an admirer of the furry community and love reaching out to new audiences. Since then, a tweet from two years ago, where I (somewhat misguidedly) shared an article about feminism was used to suggest that I might be a anti-trans or held a point of view that might not align with the convention. While Confuzzled have been in a difficult position and have tried their best to do the right thing, the problem has been somewhat compounded by the convention putting out an email that I sent to them at six am and presenting it as my ‘statement’ on the subject, when in fact it was just my first reaction to what I was seeing on twitter.

So let me be as clear as I can be:  I believe with all my heart that Trans rights are human rights,  that Trans women are real women, Trans men are real men,  that Feminism should not exclude Trans women. I don’t agree the ideas and arguments of so called TERFS, but I do think lumping groups together with names makes it easier to demonise them and harder to have a positive debate. ( I explore that idea more fully here) I certainly don’t have all the answers on this subject. I dont even have half the questions, but I’m trying to listen and learn all the time.  I’m a 45 year old cis bloke trying to be inclusive while making silly music and sometimes getting it wrong. Apologies if anyone has been upset by all this, that is never my intention.

As Twitter makes things ever more heated, with great regret, I’m going to bow out of this year’s Confuzzled. The whole point of my music is for everyone to have a good time regardless of anything else and it wouldn’t be possible in the current climate. Thanks to the nice people who lent me their support and thanks to Confuzzled for trying to do the right thing throughout. They are good people and deserve your support.

All the best and have a lovely convention,

Professor Elemental

www.professorelemental.com

Virtual Confuzzled Part 2

Confuzzled a UK furcon is going to hold it’s next virtual furcon on May 28 to June 1st.

There site has a retro like game you can actually play LINK

Special Guests have been announced on their Telegram

CFz Official Announcements, [25.04.21 05:23]
For Virtual ConFuzzled, we’ve got some special guests! For our first announcement, we’re pleased to say we’ll be welcoming the makers of BillieBustUp (https://twitter.com/BillieBustUp) !

CFz Official Announcements, [25.04.21 09:28]
Second guest announcement for Virtual ConFuzzled: Professor Elemental (https://twitter.com/prof_elemental) will be dropping by!

ConFuzzled 2021 Cancellation Announcement

Confuzzled posted this notice on Telegram and Twitter

Dear Attendee, 

As all of you will be aware, we are living through one of the most unprecedented events in a generation. With Lockdowns of varying sorts soon to reach their 1st anniversary none of us can escape the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.  These restrictions in place in the UK and many of the nations of the world are difficult, but necessary, to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. We have seen to our own detriment what happens when these restrictions are lifted too early or not respected.  

Last year, for the first time ever, we had to take the decision to cancel ConFuzzled. We felt then it was the right thing to do, and very sadly our decision has been proved right.

Although there is light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the vaccination programme, the situation today remains the same. Whilst these vaccination rollouts offer us hope, it will take time before the full positive impact will be felt. We believe it would not be safe to run a physical convention within the UK at this time and that it will remain unsafe to do so by May this year.

It is therefore with a heavy heart we must inform you that we have taken the very sad, but we believe correct decision, to cancel the physical convention of ConFuzzled 2021.

The next ConFuzzled in person will be in May 2022.

We understand that this will be, for many, upsetting if not unexpected news. However the health and safety of our attendees, our team, and the venue teams, is our top priority. This decision, whilst difficult, is the responsible one to take.

What happens next?

As we have not yet opened registration for 2021, we can immediately move to setting up a virtual ConFuzzled 2021 experience for our attendees during the May bank holiday.  More details of this will emerge over the coming weeks, but we hope you will be able to join us in spirit, even if not in person.

Can you postpone the event to later in the year?

Regrettably, whilst we know many of you would like this to be an option, we feel it is in the best interest of the attendees and the team to plan ahead for 2022.  We are unsure at this time if the situation will improve sufficiently this year in order to put on a physical convention at any point and we wish to provide clarity to our attendees and minimise the potential worry of “is there a convention or isn’t there?” 

Whilst this year has been an incredibly difficult journey and we have faced uncertainty in these trying times, we can now confidently plan ahead, and move forward towards the future. It is our fierce determination to bring the convention back, bigger and better than ever, in 2022!

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

We understand that you may have many questions that have not been answered right now. 

Our team is fully voluntary and like yourselves, they have had their daily routines and jobs thrown into chaos by the lockdown. Having the event cancelled like this is not something we ever thought we would have to do once, let alone twice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our fantastic communications team who will endeavour to answer (they can be contacted via twitter, or by emailing communications@confuzzled.org.uk)

In closing, we want to express as always our love and appreciation to you all for your support of ConFuzzled and the team.  We all find ourselves in these unique circumstances together, however we will weather this storm as a community. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish you all good health and safety.

Kind Regards, 

Crimson, Fioxy,  Russet

Online Fur Con Wrap Up

Confuzzled Needs Help

Whilst we wait for ConFuzzled to return, we still must ensure we have all the help we need! So, recruitment and volunteering continue!

Want to skip straight to the application? Go here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtfTVM5wQl4Qq6oseuZohIiRDVsjjIFAkCQNw4ksm_Pfa2Mw/viewform?c=0&w=1 and choose ‘Welfare Volunteer’ in the listed options!

Do you like the idea of making Confuzzled safer and friendlier for everyone? Have a spare hour or two between events you’re attending? Why not consider volunteering for Welfare?

Welfare is one of several front-of-house departments at the convention. It is a joint department with two key parts: Security and Medical. Security, in particular, are often the first thing many attendees see when they need any type of help. If you have attended ConFuzzled before, you’ve probably seen us around.

The Security side of Welfare concerns itself mainly with the safety of our attendees, queue management and access of events, and ensuring protection of property. As a volunteer for this department, most of your role would be assisting attendees, helping them find their way or answer questions, or direct them to the right person.

As a volunteer, you would not be expected to deal with security incidents. Our welfare team have a varied mix of staff with appropriate training to handle a range of different situations. This includes first aid training, SIA accreditations, and experience from professional work.

Don’t have any of these badges or job experience yourself? No problem! These are useful things, but not required to volunteer. All you need is a good head on your shoulders and a willingness to help others. And we’ll help you with the rest as you will be shadowing an experienced team member at the start.

Like all the departments at ConFuzzled, we’re all part of the fandom, and no matter our role, we too are all volunteers. So, give it a go, we would love to have you join us!

Google Docs
ConFuzzled Recruitment Application Form 2021
Please provide as much information as you can on this application form so that we can make an informed decision regarding your application to work with ConFuzzled. Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by our team and we’ll get back to you with feedback as soon as possible. Please note that due to the volume of applications received and the time it takes to review each one, this may take a number of weeks before you hear from us.

COVID-19 and Confuzzled

Confuzzled released a statement on March 20 is a clear example of what cons are currently facing. A combo of government regs and their own finances.

The full statement can be found here

COVID-19 Report

Confuzzled Issues a Statement it seems their con is still going ahead…for now

DenFur is still going ahead with their planned convention

Indy Fur Con issues a statement

PAWAI hopes con will go ahead but is keeping options open

Mephit Fur Meet issues a statement hoping for the best

Lastly Furry Pinas