Gavin Miles McInnes (born July 17, 1970) is a British-born Canadian and American writer, actor, comedian, co-founder of Vice Media and the host of The Gavin McInnes Show on Compound Media. He is a contributor for The Rebel Media, and a frequent guest on television programs on Fox News and TheBlaze TV.

McInnes co-founded Vice in 1994 with Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi. His role as an editor at Vice led to him being referred to as “the Godfather of hipsterdom” and one of the “primary architects of hipsterdom”. He occasionally contributed articles to Vice, including The VICE Guide to Happiness and The VICE Guide to Picking Up Chicks, and co-authored two Vice books: The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, and Vice Dos and Don’ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine’s Street Fashion Critiques. McInnes was featured in a 2003 New York Times article about Vice magazine expressing his political views. In an interview in the New York Press, McInnes said that he was pleased that most Williamsburg hipsters are white. McInnes later claimed in a letter to Gawker that the interview was done as a prank intended to ridicule, “baby boomer media like The Times.” After he became the focus of a letter-writing campaign by a black reader, Vice apologized for McInnes’s comments. In 2006, he was featured in The Vice Guide to Travel with actor and comedian David Cross in China. He left Vice in 2007 due to “creative differences.” In a 2013 interview with The New Yorker, McInnes claimed 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.”

McInnes later created the website He also co-founded an advertising agency called Rooster where he serves as creative director. He writes for the web magazine Taki’s Magazine, and TruthRevolt and once wrote for Death and Taxes, The Federalist, and VDARE.

In 2013, McInnes starred in the independent film How to Be a Man, which premiered at Sundance Next Weekend. He has also played supporting roles in other films including 2010’s Soul Quest Overdrive and 2015’s Creative Control and One More Time.

In October 2013, McInnes was interviewed by The Huffington Post on a panel about masculinity. He said that “people would be happier if women would stop pretending to be men”, and that feminism “has made women less happy”. 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.” A heated argument ensued with University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks.

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 entitled “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural” 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.” McInnes defended the article by saying “All I was saying was transsexuals have a huge suicide rate,” and calling the reaction “fake hysteria.”

In June 2015, Anthony Cumia announced that McInnes will be hosting a show on his network, therefore retiring the Free Speech podcast. The Gavin McInnes Show premiered on Compound Media on June 15 and airs Monday through Thursday at 10:30 A.M EST.

McInnes is a contributor to Canadian conservative portal The Rebel Media and a regular on Fox News’ Red Eye, The Greg Gutfield Show, and The Sean Hannity Show.



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