International Ass Day is trending on Twitter, but what does it all mean? We deep dive into the furry corners of humanity and the internet’s love of butts.
I’ll admit I’d never heard of International Ass Day before, but apparently, it’s a thing. And like most things that are a thing, it’s trending on Twitter.
After a bit of digging, it turns out it’s not actually a day in celebration of the anatomical nether region, but instead, something to do with a niche subculture known as furries – and it’s infuriating a large portion of the internet.
International Ass Day is about butts, right?
When most people see International Ass Day trending on Twitter, their mind goes to one thing. However, if you happened to click on the #InternationalAssDay hashtag, you would have been greeted with less butts and more this:
Can I get an extension to #internationalAssDay ? 👉👈.. 😳
— ⅈ ℤ Ⱥ ℝ (@IzarShepherd) October 20, 2020
— Notorious Y.O.T.E (@khalifayote) October 20, 2020
— Fluke Husky 👑 #BlackLivesMatter (@FlukeHusky) October 20, 2020
— LongWay Leek 🦍 (@leek_longwayy) October 20, 2020
— glyph😈 (@downbadglyph) October 20, 2020
— ًconner (@thegarganoway) October 20, 2020
— I_am_Fragile_ (@IamFragile2) October 20, 2020
— 💀 kat’s spookin’ 💀 (@_katastrophiii) October 20, 2020
— Jxhnny (@NutOnHerEye) October 20, 2020
This is because far from being a day about butts, #InternationalAssDay was a day about furry butts. The hashtag had been appropriated by the furry fandom community, and whilst it started out fairly modest, it eventually managed to pick up so much traction that it climbed up to the #1 trending spot on American Twitter.
I love furries taking over hashtags#InternationalAssDay
— Deo 🟥⬛ (@DeoTasDevil) October 20, 2020
A quick search of International Ass Day delivers not much in terms of results – however, National Ass Day is a thing (I won’t ask why), and it occurred a mere four days ago on October 18.
It seems the furry community decided to take this day as their own and commondere the hashtag, ergo #InternationalAssDay was born. Due to some late entries, the date just kept on rolling.
TECHNICALLY we actually made this hashtag lmao, it’s been kinda bubbling beneath the surface the past few days, but enough people went “eh it’s late but I’ll do Thing anyway” that it finally started to trend…then Normie Twitter found it, reacted, & boosted it to #1 Trending 😳
— FELIXANDRIA OCATSIO-PURRTEZ (@Kamunt) October 20, 2020
But um, what is a furry?
In case your web travels haven’t led you to the world of furries before, I’ll give you a quick rundown. According to the lay man’s dictionary, a furry is someone who has an “interest in anthropomorphic animals” – aka walking, talking animal characters (think Disney’s Robin Hood). However, the term’s meaning is seemingly as complex as it is vague, and Urban Dictionary goes onto clarify that “there is no one single definition of what a furry is.”
Furries, am I right? pic.twitter.com/AgmrE5MoJP
— 🇳🇿 Pinky 🇦🇺 (@PinkyPawsLive) October 20, 2020
Internet polysemies aside, broadly speaking, furries are a fandom comprised of fans, artists, writers, gamers, and role players who interact over the web and meet up for irl conventions. Furries have their own talk; some of them (though not all) own fursuits, which can be worn at the aforementioned conventions; others make furry art or write furry stories – you get the picture.
goodnight to furries only
— Mike 🥨 (@Piemations) October 18, 2020
But there’s also a whole sexual element to the subculture, which, unfortunately, has been warped by a small minority so that furries often carry perverted connotations. Mainstream media paints furries as sex fetishists whose defining trait is that they like to have sex in their animal costumes.
Whilst some do enjoy banging in uniform – an activity they call ‘yiffing’ – a lot of them also don’t. Like most fandoms, there are sexual tropes present, but there are also other facets to the culture, and for many, it’s an entirely non-erotic pursuit. This misrepresentation has sadly attracted a lot of hate towards furries, which at its simplest, is just a group of people who like the idea of talking animals.
But what does International Ass Day have to do with furries?
I think this tweet fairly well sums it up – and you know what? Fair enough.
because we like our suits and want to show them off
— Vale (@lunar_vale) October 20, 2020
Clearly, International Ass Day errs on the side of sexual, so it attracted the expected hate. But, luckily enough, it seems that the furry community – who clearly don’t want to bother anyone and just want to get on with their enjoyment of furry things – managed to glean some relish out of the infuriated response of normies:
I love how all those folks are screaming about this hashtag, like, their tears are delcious at this point
— ✨Don’s BARA JOINT✨🌈#1 RESTORATION COUNTRY WOLF🌈 (@Don_the_Trucker) October 20, 2020
Loving seeing ppl fall for the ultimate click bait 🤣
Normies first seeing trend: asses=white chick twirking
Normies after scrolling: 😱??????
— AngelWingsYT (@AngelWingsYTube) October 20, 2020
It’s like the hetero normies can’t even process that something erotic is trending and it’s not specifically for them 🤣
— Cloperella (@Cloperella1) October 20, 2020
So at this point the tag is just self replicating from horny furries and scared normies…. the chaos is beautiful pic.twitter.com/TeddI7LySG
— Screaming Rubber Traffic Cone (@marcusmannfox) October 20, 2020
Then, of course, there’s those people who have no idea what the fuck’s going on and just joined in with #InternationalAssDay, ’cause fuck it.
Today is #InternationalAssDay–
and at first I thought that applied to Me.
Cause- I have an ass!
After clicking the hashtag, I realized I am well out of the loop. 😂
here’s my ass anyways. pic.twitter.com/O9yTs79LAl
— Mean Molly📝Countess of Debt (@MeanMolly) October 20, 2020
So is International Ass Day a thing?
Whether or not this is an annual thing, idk. But if it is, you heard it here first.
Whilst it’s mostly fun and games, the clash that #InternationalAssDay elicits between various sides of the web points to a darker shadow cast by our cyberselves – one which involves a culture of intolerance and hate towards other groups of society, which has unfortunately attended humans throughout history.
Im so sorry you have to deal with the 13 year olds who think it’s hilarious to shit on peoples hobbies. Stay beautiful strobes 💜
— 🎃SPOOKEE Wusky👻 (@PaskeeWusky) October 20, 2020
In conclusion, if you like seeing furry butts, click on the hashtag. If you don’t, or you’re the type to get severely disappointed if you don’t see a real butt, then don’t. Let’s hope one day all sides of the internet can be friends.