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 44)
Hitchin, England
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] He is pro-life and a Catholic, having previously been an atheist.[12]

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.
  • In 2009, McInnes convinced a journalist at The Village Voice that he had been knocked out after losing a challenge to an MMA fighter.[13] The footage was actually an outtake from a failed TV pilot.[14]
  • 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.[15] The footage was actually an outtake from a collection of comedy sketches called Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole.[16]
  • In 2012, McInnes faked a serious car accident for the stand-up comedy movie The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants.[17]

Controversial statements[edit]

He was featured in a 2003 New York Times article about Vice magazine expressing his political views.[18]

In an interview in the New York Press, McInnes said that he was pleased that most Williamsburg hipsters are white.[18] 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.[19]

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. [20]

He became the focus of a letter-writing campaign by a black reader, and Vice apologized for McInnes's comments.[18]

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."[21]

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.[22]

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".[23]



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. ^
  13. ^ Baron, Zach. "Gavin McInnes Gets Knocked the Fuck Out," Village Voice (May 5, 2009).
  14. ^ "The Immersionist with Gavin McInnes," Relevant Pictures. Accessed April 5, 2011.
  15. ^ Kamer, Foster. "Hipster of the Decade Loser Gavin McInnes Accepts 'Award' by Eating Bowl of Pissed-In Cereal," Gawker (January 2, 2010).
  16. ^ "Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole DVD". Street Carnage. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  17. ^ 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)
  18. ^ a b c The New York Times
  19. ^ What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation - n+1 - Google Boeken
  20. ^ "Letter to Gawker from Gavin McInnes". Gawker. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  21. ^ "Gavin McInnes: ‘Feminism has Made Women Less Happy’". ABC News. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  22. ^ Buxton, Ryan (October 21, 2013). "Gavin McInnes Launches Expletive-Laden Tirade About Women In The Workplace (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ ASIN B003GEXBJY
  25. ^ ASIN 0446692816
  26. ^ ASIN 0446692824
  27. ^ ASIN 0446546356

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