It's a jersey thing.
Well, first and foremost... the claim that this ever happened has been unsubstantiated. From what I have read, the person who made the claim said they had photographic evidence, but refuses to release it to the town, or even show it to anyone who could make a positive ID as to who was involved. Which I believe (based on what I have read) is one of many reasons why the original journals got pulled. Everyone up there discussed it, determined there was no evidence, and probably just wanted to let it go. Now it looks like someone "leaked" the story to the press, and then pointed them at FA where buzzfeed, nj.com, and others have used the COMMENTS regarding the rumors of what happened as "sources", even though the 200 people at the event never saw anything happen including the squad members, and the peoples that were volunteering to act as "security" for the event when it was supposedly right out in the open.
You guys, are clingy. What's done is done and no matter what really happened, you know enough to make sure it doesn't happen again. And if it does, you can at least be prepared to take them down in your own special way. :]
The problem most have I think is that 1) We don't know if anything actually happened or not. From a recent journal entry, I'm leaning towards the view that nothing happened, and it was either an over-reaction from someone who mis-interpreted what he saw, or it was someone who intentionally stirred up untrue rumors to damage the community. 2) On the contrary, it does matter what really happened. 3) How can we protect ourselves against something like this? What do you propose? Furries who weren't even within 2,000 miles have had their reputations damaged. Hard to defend against that, I think.
However my thoughts on this thing: The people who did this in public are big idiots.
I'd get more into the issue but then again I was the guy who put room 366 on /b/ and I kind of developed hatred against furries after all the drama they caused
I don't think you understand what slander is.At this point it is probably better to let it fade away than to pressure any one for proof. If any pressure is to be made it would be the organizers in a legal battle against those who slander and caused this to be falsely reported. IF they show proof, drop the case. If they really have none great and we can all drop it because the media will never correct themselves or say sorry. They won't because to them the fursuits were enough to show on tv as a "See look at these sick crazy people" moments as the quote implies, "It was not only what they were doing, it was what they were wearing". Then they threw in the sex bit but then went on about the mayor and others crying about drinking and being uncomfortable.
As far as I know this event has been happening more than once without any issues. It's just a bunch of crap that was dreamed up until proven.