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Transphobic Essay Author Asked To Take 'Leave Of Absence'


Earlier this week Gavin McInnes, chief creative officer of Rooster in New York, posted an article to Thought Catalog called "Transphobia is Perfectly Natural", and it's every bit as terrible as it sounds. Thankfully, it turns out that Rooster, as a whole, does not share their CCO's transphobia and released a public statement condemning his behavior:

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.

Stand by for the Vice co-founder to be invited back to Fox to talk about being persecuted for his freedom of speech. 

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  1. This guy is also an unapologetic racist and sexist.

    Posted by: Derrick | Aug 19, 2014 8:46:06 AM

  2. He looks like one of those characters from an Adam Sandler movie. Man, hatred really does manifest in the physical, doesn't it?

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 19, 2014 8:56:29 AM

  3. It's not only transphobic, his screed, it's homophobic.

    Posted by: Huebae | Aug 19, 2014 8:58:25 AM

  4. I saw his movie 'How To Be A Man' in it there's a scene where he goes to buy cocaine from a gay drug dealer in the bathroom of a gay club, full of gay stereotypes...the whole movie is a mess!

    Posted by: St.Eve | Aug 19, 2014 9:08:49 AM

  5. Some points are valid though, even though expressed vulgarly.

    How can a person brought up and socialised as a boy claim to be a woman, despite having no experience of the practical day to day reality of being female. Coupled with the fact that biologically female occurrences like menstruation; ovulation; pregnancy; female orgasm are something that these quasi-women will never experience.

    So a transwoman does not feel male - well and good. But since when did that automatically make him female?

    Trannies are always going on about the gender binary but they simply reinforce that binary with their invasive surgeries.

    So a tranny hates his penis. Surely the best way of dealing with that is counselling to accept that, rather than reinforcing the binary by having mutilating surgery and thereafter dressing like a female hooker.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 19, 2014 9:33:32 AM

  6. Thanks for the morning laugh!
    That pic is destined to be my new screen saver!
    We really should have a caption contest!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Aug 19, 2014 9:35:09 AM

  7. Huh. MaryM is Gavin all makes sense now.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Aug 19, 2014 9:38:12 AM

  8. Gavin and MaryM sittin' in a tree, k-I-s-s-I-n-g, first comes....NOTHING between these two strange beings!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 19, 2014 9:56:21 AM

  9. Trannies never seem to be able to address a very basic question.

    So they don't feel like a male despite their chromosomes and body parts and socialisation as a male.

    Why exactly does that make them female? They know nothing about the biological or social reality of being femmale.

    They reinforce the gender binary they are always whining about.

    And quite often are disgusting homophobes as well.

    LGB does not belong with T.

    LGBT is an invention that there is no consensus about. Drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 19, 2014 10:14:26 AM

  10. Might as well remove the URL link since the post is removed. I guess we're not allowed to read it and make our own decisions.

    Posted by: Yikes | Aug 19, 2014 10:15:13 AM

  11. That is a very unfortunate photograph.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 19, 2014 10:16:01 AM

  12. On the bright side, JOB OPENING AT ROOSTER!

    Posted by: Doug | Aug 19, 2014 10:23:58 AM

  13. Trannies trannies trannies.

    How I wish I were just one-tenth of a human being as most of those trannies are.

    I'm just a lying, horrible, piece of human waste who spends far too much time with my gargantuan ass splayed out over my wheezing old Office Depot chair.

    If only one person would love me...

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 19, 2014 10:24:26 AM

  14. Waiting for the troll to arrive to make the fake claim that all LGB people opposed to the tranny hijacking of the gay rights movement is an alias of Rick.

    The tranny supporters need to accept reality - that many of us believe that tranny issues and LGB issues are separate.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 19, 2014 10:40:52 AM

  15. Marym

    Just shut up !

    I myself am trying to understand what Trans issues are and I must admit I used to have negative feelings about Trans people, but that's because I was raised around people like you - People who don't have a mind of their own but follow the path of fear and aggression.

    Why are you so dedicated to demonizing people that identify as trans and why are you so fixated on the notion that non-trans people should -hate- trans people?

    You don't represent anyone but yourself, but look at you !

    You're a f*cking fool if there ever was one!!!

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 19, 2014 10:51:10 AM

  16. I, too, think that the T needs to leave the LGB rainbow.

    Too many alphabet leters in the alphabet soup.

    Posted by: Jake Baker | Aug 19, 2014 11:00:46 AM

  17. The article was deleted from Thought Catalog before I got a chance to read it. Does anyone know a place where it was copied or reviewed?

    A few years ago Towleroad linked to this YouTube video
    with McInnes ranting against the "American Mustache Institute". It's pretty obvious it's a performance, but some people thought his tantrum was real.

    Could this be what happened at Thought Catalog? - That he wrote a parody that people wrongly interpreted as a serious piece? Even if he did, he should have known better - there are some places you don't go, even if it's intended to be humor.

    Posted by: Pogovio | Aug 19, 2014 11:02:05 AM

  18. this was a great laugh also, THE REAL REASON THAT GAVIN HAS A BEARD:

    Posted by: St.Eve | Aug 19, 2014 11:02:43 AM

  19. @Jake Baker

    Why can't every single person live under the rainbow?

    Personally - I think it should be LGBTS

    S is for Straight people.

    We're all in this together troll.

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 19, 2014 11:06:29 AM

  20. GOOD. it was without question the most heinously transphobic thing i have ever read in my entire life. and this is NOT about "freedom of speech" or "differing opinions" - the ONLY opinion anyone is entitled to is AN INFORMED ONE, and his piece was nothing but bilious prejudicial HATE.

    of course, a regular on Fox. and a known anti-Semite - the man made a wealth of enemies years ago whilst working for VICE - friends of mine who had to interact with him had nothing but horror stories. misogynistic, with a history of sexually harassing females to boot.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 19, 2014 11:07:44 AM

  21. But MaryM, you ARE Rick. You are one of his most well-known aliases.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 19, 2014 11:16:54 AM

  22. The essay was designed to offend, infuriate and provoke. It has succeeded brilliantly in that and, though it offers nothing of value to a productive discussion on trans issues, it is a sort of masterpiece of hate rant. In its way, it's kind of like a baptist church revival or the Republican National Convention: There is nothing of value to be found there, but it's hard not to be a little impressed with the spectacle itself.

    Posted by: kipp | Aug 19, 2014 12:38:11 PM

  23. per his wiki page he is anti-abortion and catholic

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 19, 2014 12:56:30 PM

  24. I have a live and let live attitude about trans people, but I also agree with MARYM about one important aspect: Males who believe they are female are using their imagination to envision what being female is all about, and females who believe they are male are similarly using their imagination to envision what being male is all about.

    There's nothing wrong with that, so more power to 'em. Live as pleases you.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 19, 2014 12:57:03 PM

  25. Every gay man, lesbian and bisexual is a victim of transgender activism. As a rule of thumb, we should be on the side of "transphobes."

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 19, 2014 1:52:05 PM

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