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Vice Media Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group’ Label

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Vice Media Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group’ Label

Vice Media Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group’ Label
February 06
21:11 2019

Earlier this week, Vice Media co-founder, writer, conservative political commentator, and founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center – a far-left group that supposedly is committed to fighting intolerance. McInnes alleges that actions the SPLC has taken against him have contributed to the loss of his job as well as his slandering on various social media platforms. He contends that the group’s “concerted, obsessive and malicious actions” were aimed to harm him intentionally.

Late last year, following the SPLC’s designation of the Proud Boys as a hate group, McInnes was subsequently fired from the Blaze, and was banned from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes.

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Officially, McInnes has sued the SPLC for its labeling of the Proud Boys as a ‘hate group.’ McInnes is the founder of the group that describes themselves on their website as being a collection of ‘western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.’ Their slogan is ‘The West is the Best.’ Wikipedia describes them as a ‘far-right neo-fascist organization that admits only men as members and promotes political violence.’ They add that the Proud Boys originally emerged as a part of the ‘alt-right’ in 2017.

The Southern Poverty Law Center insists that the Proud Boys are a violent, Islamophobic, misogynistic, white nationalist alt-right hate group. McInnes originally founded the Proud Boys in 2016 as a ‘boy club’ and fraternal organization which he likens to like the Rotary club or the Shriners.

“SPLC’s defamatory, false, and misleading designation of Mr. McInnes as a ‘hate’ figure is purposefully deceitful and intended to tarnish Mr. McInnes’s reputation, disparage Mr. McInnes’s good name and work, inflict harm and financial damage, reduce Mr. McInnes’s goodwill and standing in the community, expose Mr. MicInnes, his family and anyone else associated with him to public scorn, harassment, intimidation, and potential violence, and to denigrate, malign, and ridicule Mr. McInnes to countless individuals and potential employers and partners around the world,” the lawsuit by McInnes explains.

The lawsuit filed by McInnes is only the latest in a string of lawsuits against the SPLC over its designation of organizations like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom, both of which are Christian and pro-family, as ‘hate groups and into the same category as the KKK.

The two leaders of the SPLC, Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich were also recently sued by the Center for Immigration under an organized crime law for ‘falsely’ designating the organization as a ‘hate group.’

The social fallout from an SPLC ‘hate’ label can be immensely damaging.

Regardless of the labels that the SPLC would like to slap McInnes’ Proud Boys with, it’s merely a fact that the group has always allowed members of all races.

In a statement given to Reuters, McInnes stated, “They [SPLC] have harassed me, my family, and my friends to a level of tortious interference that goes well into sabotage. I am doing this, not just to protect my reputation and my family but to protect everyone else’s.”

McInnes filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Monday. He is asking the court to find the SPLC’s description of the Proud Boys as unlawful and is seeking damages.

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  1. Highsider
    Highsider February 07, 19:48

    Hope they find a judge that wasn’t appointed by O’Bama!

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  2. Marty
    Marty February 07, 20:32

    Mr McInnes is right to file suit.

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    • TA1
      TA1 February 07, 21:01

      I can think of worse things for his group to waste their money upon. SPLC did not create the events for which is group now has a reputation. They did those, and SPLC simply accumulated a list of them and pointed out the reputation.

      The trouble with libel or slander is that they have to be provably false. These aren’t.

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  3. theolddog
    theolddog February 07, 20:51

    These poor clowns apparently never heard of the First Amendment.
    The truth is an absol;ute defense in cases like this.

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    • TA1
      TA1 February 07, 21:03

      no constitutional rights are absolute. I would think that someone with an education, would know better than to suggest that. Nor is there anything in the bill of rights about “truth” being a right.
      All that said, if you have some gold standard for “truth” let’s see it.

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      • DCr
        DCr March 19, 19:59

        So with NO absolutes in the constitution then there are no absolutes anywhere. If there are where do you find the basis for an absolute. It can’t be the 10 commandments since they are absolutes and yet all the countries of the world used the 10 commandments to establish their laws. Of well, lets so away with all the laws that have absolutes and we will be ok. But wait, where then do you find the absolute that something is hateful. How can you have a hate crime if there is NO absolute. And wait again, if someone says someone against someone and it is determined to be a hate crime why isn’t the same principle applied if the people, who the hate crime was created against, create lies and are violent against the people they “HATE!” Doesn’t the same rules apply to both ends of the court or is that asking to much.

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  4. TA1
    TA1 February 07, 20:59

    SPLC does not make a practice of calling out hate groups for superficial offenses. And just because “…McInnes originally founded the Proud Boys in 2016 as a ‘boy club’ and fraternal organization which he likens to like the Rotary club or the Shriners…”

    does not MAKE them like the Shriners. When his group supports childrens’ hospitals for fifty years, I will take his claim seriously.

    stunts like the following (not the only one listed, by far, on the SPLC “hate group” tracking site, are much more relevant to the reputation of the “Boys” than the propaganda statements of their founder.

    when you threaten public figures for doing their jobs, and your only counter to their policies and actions are violence or the threat of it, you are a terrorist.

    If your ideas have any merit, how about offering them in open debate where contrary views can also be expressed without fear of retribution?

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  5. TA1
    TA1 February 07, 21:11


    just in case any of you participating here, are allergic to reading articles not written by one another, I will quote a particular line found in this item:

    “…Despite its fiery language, experts on RICO told The Daily Beast that CIS’s complaint may not hold much legal water…”

    without knowing who this purported RICO experts are, the legal argument that SPLC’s classification is an OPINION, really makes the RICO statutes irrelevant to this case. RICO is about ACTIONS not about expressed opinions. Meanwhile hate-speech IS PRIMARILY about opinions, but they are known to be used as excuses for violent acts by people of questionable mental stability.
    Encouragement to engage in violent acts, is NOT protected speech.

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  6. TA1
    TA1 February 07, 21:23

    oh, WRT “…We can’t have the DNC deciding how big companies behave. That’s called fascism.”

    we also can’t have the GOP determining what companies can control the democratic system. That is called corruption.

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  7. Snoop
    Snoop February 07, 21:23

    SPLC is impersonating law enforcement and has been warned by the FBI

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  8. Jerry
    Jerry February 07, 21:54

    Only a looney would make that kind of accusations about someone. Maybe they got the idea from our president’s usual verbiage about some others.

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  9. Cloudhigh
    Cloudhigh February 08, 03:56

    Morris Dees and SPLC are never accurate. Knee-jerking jerks who rarely play fairly. Mean spirited race baiters like them are hate personified.
    But compared to AOC and the Socialists they’re choir boys.
    This Country is in deep doo doo and thankfully my island awaits. Got young children or grandchildren? God help them!

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  10. Jack
    Jack February 08, 17:29

    To label the SPLC as a hate group is too kind for a malevolent, vengeful organization spawned in the depths ignorance and, seemingly, the fiery pit of hell….

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  11. Rose Redd
    Rose Redd February 08, 20:31

    Back in 2017, during the height of the “destroy all things Confederate” fervor, SPLC placed a school named “Stonewall School” on a “hate map”. Turned out, the school was actually named after a for-real rock wall that stood on the property. SPLC “apologized”. These are the idiots who comprise the Left in this country.

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