Gavin McInnes, a frequent Fox News guest booked for his penchant for making outlandish comments, may have gone too far with a column on transphobia he penned for Thought Catalog.
The column, ‘Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural,’ proved to be so offensive to readers of Thought Catalog — known for outrageous and contrarian posts — that the website inserted a splash page that appears before the column warning, “The article you are trying to read has been reported by the community as hateful or abusive content.”
Among the least offensive assertions McInnes made in his essay, he wrote: “We’re all transphobic. We aren’t blind. We see there are no old trannies. They die of drug overdoses and suicide way before they’re 40 and nobody notices because nobody knows them. They are mentally ill gays who need help, and that help doesn’t include being maimed by physicians. These aren’t women trapped in a man’s body. They are nuts trapped in a crazy person’s body.”
Responding to threats on Tumblr and Twitter to boycott companies — including Vans and Red Bull — who use Rooster as an ad agency, a representative from the company stated, “Gavin’s views are his own and do not represent those of the company or its members. 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, who co-founded Vice in 1994, but left in 2007, is a frequent guest on Fox News programs, known for calling recipients of food stamps “overfed“, stating that women who go to spring break hotspots are “human garbage whose parents don’t love them,” and that white liberals like Neil deGrasse Tyson so much “he could defecate on them” and they wouldn’t mind.