Gavin McInnes

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Gavin McInnes
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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[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]

McInnes was featured in a 2003 New York Times article about Vice magazine expressing his political views.[11]

In an interview in the New York Press, McInnes said that he was pleased that most Williamsburg hipsters are white.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

He became the focus of a letter-writing campaign by a black reader, and Vice apologized for McInnes's comments.[11]

In 2009, McInnes convinced a journalist at The Village Voice that he had been knocked out after losing a challenge to an MMA fighter.[14] The footage was actually an outtake from a failed TV pilot.[15]

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.[16] The footage was actually an outtake from a collection of comedy sketches called Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole.[17]

  • In 2012, McInnes faked a serious car accident for the stand-up comedy movie The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants.[18]

In 2012 he published a book of memoirs for Simon & Schuster entitled How to Piss in Public.[4]

In October 2013, McInnes was interviewed by The Huffington Post on 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."[19]

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.[20]

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".[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, he moved to New York City. He is married and has three children.[1][22] He is pro-life and a Catholic, having previously been an atheist.[23]



  • 2006 Vice Guide to Travel — as himself
  • 2008 Sophie Can Walk — as himself
  • 2009 Asshole — as Vincent Allen
  • 2010 A Million in the Morning — as host[24]
  • 2013 How to Be a Man — as Mark McCarthy

Publishing history[edit]

  • 2003 The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll (Warner Books)[25]
  • 2004 Vice Dos and Don'ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques (Grand Central)[26]
  • 2009 Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes (Grand Central)[27]
  • 2012 How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood (Scribner)


  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. ^ a b c The New York Times
  12. ^ What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation. 2010. Harper Collins. Google Books. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  13. ^ "Letter to Gawker from Gavin McInnes". Gawker. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  14. ^ Baron, Zach. "Gavin McInnes Gets Knocked the Fuck Out," Village Voice (May 5, 2009).
  15. ^ "The Immersionist with Gavin McInnes," Relevant Pictures. Accessed April 5, 2011.
  16. ^ Kamer, Foster. "Hipster of the Decade Loser Gavin McInnes Accepts 'Award' by Eating Bowl of Pissed-In Cereal," Gawker (January 2, 2010).
  17. ^ "Gavin McInnes is a Fucking Asshole DVD". Street Carnage. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  18. ^ 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)
  19. ^ "Gavin McInnes: ‘Feminism has Made Women Less Happy’". ABC News. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  20. ^ Buxton, Ryan (October 21, 2013). "Gavin McInnes Launches Expletive-Laden Tirade About Women In The Workplace (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ YouTube
  23. ^
  24. ^ ASIN B003GEXBJY
  25. ^ ASIN 0446692816
  26. ^ ASIN 0446692824
  27. ^ ASIN 0446546356

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