Gavin McInnes

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Gavin McInnes
Young Gavin McInnes.jpg
Gavin McInnes
Born Gavin Miles McInnes
(1970-07-17) July 17, 1970 (age 43)
Hitchin, England[citation needed]
Alma mater Carleton University
Occupation Writer

Gavin Miles McInnes (born July 17, 1970) is a Scottish-Canadian[1] writer,[2] creative director,[3] actor and the co-founder of Vice.[2] His behavior and political views have attracted the repeated attention of the media.[note 1]


Early life, education[edit]

McInnes was born in Hitchin, England and moved to Canada when he was 4. His parents are Glaswegian. [1] McInnes attended Ottawa’s Carleton University and received a degree in English[1] in 1992.


As a teen, McInnes played in the Ottawa punk band Anal Chinook.[5]

McInnes co-founded Vice in 1994.[2] His role as an editor at Vice led to him being referred to as "the Godfather of hipsterdom"[6] and one of the "primary architects of hipsterdom",[7] He left Vice in 2007 due to "creative differences."[8]

McInnes started the website He also co-founded an advertising agency called Rooster NY where he serves as creative director.[3] He currently writes for the web magazine Taki's Magazine.[9] He also writes for the website VDARE.[10]

He published a book of memoirs for Simon & Schuster entitled How to Piss in Public.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, he moved to New York City. He is married and has three children.[1][11]

Media attention[edit]


  • In 1995, McInnes convinced a journalist from Quebec's Le Devoir that he and fellow co-founder Shane Smith were gay lovers. The resulting story featured the two embracing.
  • In 1999, McInnes convinced a journalist from Ottawa's The Citizen that Vice was merging with MTV. The resulting article was three full pages. This prank later became somewhat true when MTV launched The Vice Guide to Everything in 2010.
  • In 2009, McInnes convinced a journalist at The Village Voice that he had been knocked out after losing a challenge to an MMA fighter.[12] The footage was actually an outtake from a failed TV pilot.[13]
  • In 2010, McInnes convinced a journalist at that he had eaten a bowl of urine-soaked corn flakes after not winning their “Hipster of the Decade” competition.[14] The footage was actually an outtake from a collection of comedy sketches called Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole.[15]
  • In 2012, McInnes faked a serious car accident for the stand-up comedy movie The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants.[16]

Controversial statements[edit]

He was featured in a 2003 New York Times article about Vice magazine expressing his political views.[17]

In an interview in the New York Press, McInnes said that he was pleased that most Williamsburg hipsters are white.[17] He has also been quoted as saying

I love being white and I think it's something to be very proud of ... I don't want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life.[18]

McInnes later claimed that the interview was done as a prank intended to ridicule "baby boomer media like The Times" in a letter to Gawker. [19]

He became the focus of a letter-writing campaign by a black reader, and Vice apologized for McInnes's comments.[17]

In October 2013, McInnes was interviewed by The Huffington Post as a panel about the meaning of masculinity, and said "people would be happier if women would stop pretending to be men," and that feminism "has made women less happy."[20]

Women are feigning that toughness. We’ve trivialized childbirth and being domestic so much that women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness, they’re miserable.[21]

A heated argument followed when University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks responded, and McInnes in his reply loudly called her a "fucking idiot".[22]



Publishing history[edit]


  1. ^ According to ThoughtCatalog, he has been described as "the godfather of hipsterdom, a punk, a misogynist, a white supremacist, a prankster, a fashion icon, a tree planter, a drug-loving boozer playboy, an entrepreneur, a drug dealer, a cartoonist, a storyteller, a musician, a writer and an all around fucking asshole of a human being".[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Emily Jendriasak and Gvin McInnes". Gawker. 
  2. ^ a b c "The 'Vice' Boys Are All Grown Up And Working For Viacom". November 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Braiker, Brian (June 20, 2011). "Creating Ads For People Who Hate Ads". Ad Week. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Gavin McInnes: An In-depth Interview With “The Godfather of Hipsterdom” | Thought Catalog
  5. ^ Michael-Oliver Harding (2012), Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes on Montreal junkies, Fox News and the death of cool
  6. ^ "Vice" Founder Gavin McInnes on Split From Glossy: "It's Like a Divorce," NBC New York. [dead link]
  7. ^ Haddow, Douglas. "Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization," Adbusters (July 29, 2008).
  8. ^ Pareene. "Goodbyes: Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Finally Leaves 'Vice'," Gawker (Jan. 23, 2008).
  9. ^
  10. ^ VDARE
  11. ^ YouTube
  12. ^ Baron, Zach. "Gavin McInnes Gets Knocked the Fuck Out," Village Voice (May 5, 2009).
  13. ^ "The Immersionist with Gavin McInnes," Relevant Pictures. Accessed April 5, 2011.
  14. ^ Kamer, Foster. "Hipster of the Decade Loser Gavin McInnes Accepts 'Award' by Eating Bowl of Pissed-In Cereal," Gawker (January 2, 2010).
  15. ^ "Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole DVD". Street Carnage. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  16. ^ Grant, Drew. "Gavin McInnes Wrecks Car, 'Loses' Best Friend in An Attempt to Win Back Dignity After Observer Punking (Video)," The Observer (March 27, 2012)
  17. ^ a b c The New York Times
  18. ^ What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation - n+1 - Google Boeken
  19. ^ "Letter to Gawker from Gavin McInnes". Gawker. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Gavin McInnes: ‘Feminism has Made Women Less Happy’". ABC News. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  21. ^ Buxton, Ryan (October 21, 2013). "Gavin McInnes Launches Expletive-Laden Tirade About Women In The Workplace (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  22. ^ By Ciara LaVelle Thu., Oct. 24 2013 at 10:30 AM (2013-10-24). "UM Law Professor Mary Anne Franks Issues Epic Feminist Beatdown on Vice Founder Gavin McInnes". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  23. ^ ASIN B003GEXBJY
  24. ^ ASIN 0446692816
  25. ^ ASIN 0446692824
  26. ^ ASIN 0446546356

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