Conservative actor, comedian and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes is scheduled to speak at New York University Thursday night, raising the ire of some student groups.
Invited by NYU College Republicans, McInnes is slated to speak at 7 p.m., NYU Local reported. A protest, hosted by NYU Anti-Fascists, will begin 30 minutes before the talk, according to a Facebook event invite.
The event description reads:
Come to Kimmel, Rosenthal Pavilion to let NYU know that we will not stand for bigotry, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny on our campus.
Gavin McInnes has a long track record of using incendiary language to attract media attention and frenzy. In 2014, McInnes published an article entitled Transphobia is Perfectly Normal — it refers to transwomen as “trannies” and “mentally ill people [who] mutilate themselves.” The backlash of the article was swift, and he was dismissed from his job at ad agency Rooster. Since then, he’s made a career out of similar pundit pieces, hosting a popular podcast and calling Jada Pinkett-Smith a “monkey actress.”
Most recently, in December 2016, Gavin McInnes launched an informal group called the Proud Boys, an “anti racial guilt,” anti-feminist organization. When NYC Antifa began to share information about members of the group with their employers (in many cases leading to job loss), McInnes urged the Proud Boys to attend an Antifa concert and “wreck the shit” of the “f*ggots.”