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Gavin McInnes
McInnes hosting his show in 2015
BornGavin Miles McInnes
(1970-07-17) 17 July 1970 (age 48)
Hitchin, England
ResidenceNew York City
OccupationWriter, comedian, actor, commentator, columnist
Home townOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Emily Jendrisak (m. 2005)
Gavin McInnes
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016

Gavin Miles McInnes (/məˈkɪnɪs/; born 17 July 1970) is a Canadian writer, actor, and comedian. He is the co-founder of Vice Media and Vice Magazine[1][2][3] and host of Get Off My Lawn on Conservative Review. He is a contributor to Taki's Magazine and a former contributor to The Rebel Media, and was a frequent guest on television programs on Fox News and TheBlaze.[4]

McInnes was a leading figure in the hipster subculture while at Vice. After leaving the company in 2008, he became increasingly known for his right-wing political views. He is the founder of the Proud Boys, a western chauvinist men's group.

Early life[edit]

McInnes was born in Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England, to Scottish parents, James and Loraine McInnes.[5] His family migrated to Canada when McInnes was four.[6] He attended Ottawa's Earl of March Secondary School.[7] As a teen, McInnes played in the Ottawa punk band Anal Chinook.[8] As an adult, McInnes emigrated to the United States from Canada.


McInnes co-founded Vice in 1994 with Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi.[2] During his tenure there he was described as the "godfather" of hipsterdom by WNBC[9] and as "one of hipsterdom’s primary architects" by AdBusters.[10] He occasionally contributed articles to Vice, including "The VICE Guide to Happiness"[11] and "The VICE Guide to Picking Up Chicks",[12] and co-authored two Vice books: The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll,[13] and Vice Dos and Don'ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques.[14]

In an interview in the New York Press in 2002, McInnes said that he was pleased that most Williamsburg hipsters were white.[15][16] McInnes later wrote in a letter to Gawker that the interview was done as a prank intended to ridicule "baby boomer media like The Times".[17] After he became the focus of a letter-writing campaign by a black reader, Vice apologized for McInnes's comments.[16] McInnes was featured in a 2003 New York Times article about Vice magazine expressing his political views.[16]

In 2006, he was featured in The Vice Guide to Travel with actor and comedian David Cross in China.[18] He left Vice in 2008 due to what he described as "creative differences".[1] In a 2013 interview with The New Yorker, McInnes said his split with Vice was about the increasing influence of corporate advertising on Vice's content, stating that "Marketing and editorial being enemies had been the business plan".[19]

In 2008, McInnes created the website He also co-founded an advertising agency called Rooster where he serves as creative director.[20] In 2009, McInnes convinced a journalist at The Village Voice that he had been knocked out after losing a challenge to an MMA fighter.[21] The footage was actually an outtake from a failed TV pilot.[22] In 2010, McInnes convinced a journalist at Gawker that he had eaten a bowl of urine-soaked corn flakes after not winning their "Hipster of the Decade" competition.[23] The footage was actually an outtake from a collection of comedy sketches called Gavin McInnes Is a Fucking Asshole.[24]

McInnes was featured in Season 3 of the Canadian reality TV show Kenny vs. Spenny, as a judge in the "Who is Cooler?" episode. In 2010, McInnes was approached by Adult Swim and asked to play the part of Mick, an anthropomorphic Scottish soccer ball, in the short-lived Aqua Teen Hunger Force spin-off Soul Quest Overdrive.[25] After losing a 2010 pilot contest to Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge, six episodes of Soul Quest Overdrive were ordered, with four airing in Adult Swim's 4 AM DVR Theater block on 25 May 2011 before quickly being cancelled. McInnes jokingly blamed the show's cancellation on the other cast members (Kristen Schaal, David Cross, and H. Jon Benjamin) not being "as funny" as him.[26]

In 2012, McInnes wrote a book called How to Piss in Public.[27] In 2013 he directed The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants, a documentary on his tour as an occasional standup comedian.[28] For the film, he faked a serious car accident. Also that year, McInnes starred in the independent film How to Be a Man, which premiered at Sundance Next Weekend.[29] He has also played supporting roles in other films including Soul Quest Overdrive (2010), Creative Control (2015) and One More Time (2015).

In August 2014, McInnes was asked to take an indefinite leave of absence as chief creative officer of Rooster, following online publication at Thought Catalog of an essay about transphobia titled "Transphobia is Perfectly Natural"[30] that sparked a call to boycott the company. In response, Rooster issued a statement, saying in part: "We are extremely disappointed with his actions and have asked that he take a leave of absence while we determine the most appropriate course of action."[31] McInnes defended the article by saying "All I was saying was transsexuals have a huge suicide rate", and calling the reaction "fake hysteria".[32]

In June 2015, broadcaster Anthony Cumia announced that McInnes would be hosting a show on his network, therefore retiring the Free Speech podcast that he had started in March. The Gavin McInnes Show premiered on Compound Media on 15 June. McInnes is a former contributor to Canadian far-right portal The Rebel Media[33] and a regular on conspiracy theorist media platform Infowars' The Alex Jones Show, and Fox News' Red Eye, The Greg Gutfeld Show, and The Sean Hannity Show. He writes for Taki's Magazine[34] and previously wrote for TruthRevolt,[35] Death and Taxes,[36] The Federalist,[37] American Renaissance,[38] and VDARE.[39] McInnes tweeted in December 2015 that every case of domestic abuse he knows about "was the result of some cunt trying to ruin [a man’s] life";[40] he had previously written that women "want to be downright abused".[41] In 2016, McInnes referred to Jada Pinkett Smith as a "monkey actress" on his radio show.[42]

On 2 February 2017, in an episode of his YouTube show "The Rebel", McInnes announced his resignation from Fox News.[43]

McInnes left Rebel Media in August 2017, declaring that he was going to be "a multi-media Howard Stern–meets–Tucker Carlson".[44] He later joined CRTV, an online television network launched by Conservative Review. The debut episode of his new show Get Off My Lawn, aired on 22 September 2017.[45][46] On 10 August 2018, McInnes's Twitter account, as well as the account for the Proud Boys, was permanently suspended by Twitter per their rules on violent extremist groups. The suspension was ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, and the scheduled 2018 Unite the Right rally.[47][48]

On 12 October 2018, McInnes participated in a reenactment of the 1960 assassination of Inejiro Asanuma by Otoya Yamaguchi at the Metropolitan Republican Club. After the event, a contingent of Proud Boys were caught on tape beating a protester outside the venue,[49] after members of Antifa threw a plastic bottle at them.[50]


McInnes describes himself as libertarian[51] and part of the New Right, a term that he prefers to use rather than alt-light.[52] The New York Times has described McInnes as a "far-right provocateur."[53]

McInnes has referred to himself as a "western chauvinist" and started a men's organization called Proud Boys who swear their allegiance to this cause.[54] In 2003 McInnes said, "I don't want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, English-speaking way of life."[55]

Race and ethnicity[edit]

McInnes has been accused of racism[56][57] and of promoting white supremacist rhetoric.[53] He has stated alleged racial slurs against Susan Rice and Jada Pinkett Smith personally,[58][59] and more widely against Palestinians and Asians.[60][61] McInnes has said that there is a "mass conformity that black people push on each other",[62] and in 2018, he claimed there was significant "black violence" in the United States, with 8,000 cases a year of black-on-black murder.[63]

Judaism and anti-Semitism[edit]

In March 2017, during a trip to Israel with The Rebel Media, McInnes made controversial comments defending Holocaust deniers, accused the Jews of being responsible for the Holodomor and the Treaty of Versailles, and said he was "becoming anti-Semitic". He later said his comments were taken out of context.[64] McInnes also produced a video for Rebel called "Ten Things I Hate about Jews", later retitled "Ten Things I Hate About Israel".[65][40][66]


McInnes is anti-Islam.[58][67] He has said that "Muslims are stupid ... the only thing they really respect is violence and being tough."[68] He also has equated Islam with fascism, stating "Nazis are not a thing. Islam is a thing."[69] In April 2018, Mcinnes labelled a significant section of Muslims as both mentally ill and incestuous, claiming that "Muslims have a problem with inbreeding. They tend to marry their first cousins... and that is a major problem [in the U.S.] because when you have mentally damaged inbreds – which not all Muslims are, but a disproportionate number are – and you have a hate book called the Koran... you end up with a perfect recipe for mass murder."[70][71]


McInnes has described himself as "an Archie Bunker sexist."[53]

As early as 2003, Vanessa Grigoriadis in The New York Times quoted McInnes saying, "'No means no' is puritanism. I think Steinem-era feminism did women a lot of injustices, but one of the worst ones was convincing all these indie norts that women don't want to be dominated."[55] McInnes has been accused of sexism by various media outlets including Chicago Sun-Times,[72] Independent Journal Review,[73] Salon,[74] Jezebel,[75] The Hollywood Reporter,[76] and Slate.[77] In October 2013, McInnes said during a panel interview that "people would be happier if women would stop pretending to be men", and that feminism "has made women less happy".[78] He explained that "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."[79] A heated argument ensued with University of Miami School of Law professor Mary Anne Franks.[80]

White genocide[edit]

McInnes has espoused the white genocide conspiracy theory saying that white women having abortions[81] and immigration is "leading to white genocide in the West".[82] In 2018, regarding South African farm attacks and land reform proposals, he said that black South Africans were not "trying to get their land back – they never had that land", instead claiming there were "ethnic cleansing" efforts against white South Africans.[83]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, McInnes married Manhattan-based publicist and consultant Emily Jendrisak who is of Native American heritage.[5]

Notable filmography[edit]


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