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Benchilla introducing Weasyl at 2012 Anthrocon panel
A still from the Where Them Girls At music video, featuring Aky (left) and Sai (right)
Ben judging at the FWA 2015 dance competition.
Ben performing at the AC 2014 Floor Wars event, as part of Ratchet Couture
Ratchet Couture. Art by Chaz Grussendorf.

Benchilla, usually known simply as just Ben (born October 1992), is a filmmaker, dancer and drag queen who use to live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Columbus,_Ohio, USA.

Fandom involvement[edit]

Although aware of the furry fandom since the age of twelve, Benchilla didn't officially become a member until 2008, when he was fifteen.[1] This can be attributed to his involvement with the wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica, where he was an active member from December 2006 to February 2008, and a Sysop from July 2007 to January 2008.

After leaving the site, he gradually became more immersed in the furry community, joining Fur Affinity in October 2008.

Since joining the community, Benchilla has been involved with a number of projects, including moderating on the Fur Affinity Forums from May 2010 to November 2010, and co-founding the social art gallery Weasyl.

Fursona[edit]

Benchilla's fursona is a chinchilla, created in July 2008.

Convention attendance[edit]

(*) Conventions where the subject attended in drag.

Performance art[edit]

Ben mainly identifies as a drag queen. His drag persona[2] has made numerous of appearances at conventions since 2011. She first made an appearance at MFF 2011, where she was involved in the filming of a music video for David Guetta's Where Them Girls At, a collaborative effort between Kwik Cheetah and Char.[3] Ben plays Nicki Minaj in the video, as he performs behind fursuiters Tesxa Coyote, Aky and Sai. The video has racked up over 80,000 plays between Youtube and Vimeo combined as of April 2015, and has reportedly been shown at night clubs in San Francisco.[4][5]

Following this, he has appeared in other self-produced music videos, such as "Go Hard" (alongside co-star Scrumpet)[6] which was filmed at FurFright 2012 and "Wild Right Now", which incorporated footage from various furry events such as Anthrocon 2013 and Rainfurrest 2013.[7]. Apart from music videos starring his drag persona, he also specializes in creating films centering around his convention experiences and the experiences of others. The most notable example of this is "Further Confusion Twenty Twerkteen", a 90 minute movie filmed at Further Confusion 2013 that mainly documents the hijinks of #AdventureCru.[8]. He also produced various other music videos starring himself or other subjects.[9][10]

In addition to creating videos, he is also a part of the dancer community. He has been a regular participant in Floor Wars since FWA 2013[11], having competed in seven consecutive competitions since. He was most notably ranked runner-up at the Anthrocon 2014 incarnation alongside his partner Dalmy, where the two both performed in drag as part of a team called Ratchet Couture[12]. He has also been a judge for many dance competitions, most notably as a main event judge for Furpocalypse 2014[13] and Furry Weekend Atlanta 2015, where he also appeared dressed in drag.

Controversy[edit]

In 2012, Benchilla was banned from Fur Affinity after exploiting a bug that permitted avatars larger than the size normally allowed. Initially, his ban was for only two weeks, but this was made permanent due to "previous history of hijinks,"[14] despite having no previous history of being banned.

On March 1st, 2013, Benchilla stepped down as co-owner of Weasyl LLC amidst accusations of a Weasyl founder sockpuppeting on Fur Affinity's donation drive journal.[15] However, Benchilla has since stated that the accusation is simply a rumor, and to not believe anything without "actual physical evidence."[16] He has since officially relinquished any stock in the LLC as of December 2013, leaving Kihari to be the sole proprietor.

References[edit]

  1. Benchilla's profile on SoFurry. Retrieved ?.
  2. Brenda Banks, Facebook Album retrieved July 29, 2012.
  3. Where Them Girls At (feat the Girls of MFF) Posted to Youtube December 30th, 2011
  4. Dwudles post on Twitter (entry now protected). Posted July 15th, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  5. Dwudles post on Twitter (entry now protected). Posted July 15th, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  6. Brenda Banks ft. Baby Trap Beat$ - GO HARD Posted to Youtube November 2nd, 2012
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C57u0-Zj1M Brenda Banks - Wild Right Now [Jessie J, Rihanna & Pink vs. Capital Cities & Cash Cash] Posted to Youtube October 23rd, 2013
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvz9CC7mxRk FURTHER CONFUSION TWENTY TWERKTEEN [THE FULL MOVIE] Posted March 31st, 2014
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwLUJoeLuN8 Valentine - Live For The Night [Commission] Posted to Youtube on April 14th, 2014
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0BrcN01k9w [MUSIC VIDEO/COMMISSION] Ra1nmaker LIVE at FC 2014 Posted to Youtube on December 22nd, 2014
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3gKKcT1Rrs FWA 2013 - Floor Wars - Ben vs. Kwik Posted to Youtube March 19th, 2013
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTqsOxeOvuw AnthroCon 2014 Floor Wars - 2 vs 2 Finale - Ratchet Couture vs Jacks Posted to Youtube July 19th, 2014
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFGSWxcQeQc&list=PLrfaufWloX0Rwt8BIufaK5Z4yrQ8excpV&index=11 Furpocalypse 2014 Dance Comp Posted to Youtube November 4th, 2014
  14. Fur Affinity bug permits huge avatars; former mod banned news post by Rakuen Growlithe on flayrah. Posted April 10, 2012. Retrieved ?.
  15. Is it true what I heard about Weasyl staff catching one of the founders sockpuppeting? thread on Twitter. Posted March 13, 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  16. Q: is it true that you sockpuppeted on Furaffinity back in march telling people to donate to Weasyl instead of FA? post on Waitwaitfixate.com. Posted June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.

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