Gavin McInnes

Gavin McInnes

Gavin McInnes is a Canadian writer and political commentator who is known for promoting violence against political opponents. He co-founded Vice in 1994, and permanently relocated to the United States in 2001. In more recent years, he has drawn attention for his far-right political activism and his role as the founder of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist political group. McInnes claims that he only has supported political violence in self-defense, and that he is not far-right or a supporter of fascism.Born to Scottish parents in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, McInnes immigrated to Canada as a child. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa before moving to Montreal and co-founding Vice with Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith. He relocated with Vice Media to New York City in 2001. Host of Get Off My Lawn, formerly on Conservative Review Television, he is a contributor to Taki's Magazine and was a frequent guest on television programs on Fox News and TheBlaze and contributor to The Rebel Media.During his time at Vice, McInnes was called a leading figure in the New York hipster subculture. After leaving Vice in 2008, McInnes became increasingly known for his far-right political views. He is the founder of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist, men's rights and male-only organisation classified as a "general hate" organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has rejected this classification, claiming that the group is "not an extremist group and [does] not have ties with white nationalists". He holds both Canadian and British citizenship and currently lives in Larchmont, New York.In 2018, McInnes was fired from Blaze Media, and was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for violating terms of use related to promoting violent extremist groups and hate speech. In June 2020, McInnes's account was suspended from YouTube for violating YouTube's policies concerning hate speech, posting content that was "glorifying [and] inciting violence against another person or group of people."