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Ex-leader of hate group who thinks ‘f*g’ isn’t a slur denied Australia visa

Ex-leader of hate group who thinks ‘f*g’ isn’t a slur denied Australia visa

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes in 2015

Founder of far-right group Proud Boys Gavin McInnes has been denied entry to Australia.

McInnes was going to headline The Deplorables tour across the country early next year.

The speaking tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast had already been delayed a number of months when the Home Affairs Department rejected McInnes’s application.

A Home Affairs statement confirmed the department was ‘aware of this case’.

‘All non-citizens entering Australia must meet the character requirements set out in the Migration Act 1958 (the Act), prior to the grant of any visa,’ the statement also reads.

Who are the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys are a self-described ‘pro-West fraternal organization’ for men who ‘refuse to apologize for creating the modern world’.  The group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

McInnes, Vice Media co-founder now turned right-wing provocateur, founded the group in 2016, during Donald Trump’s campaign. He has often denied the Proud Boys’ suggested affiliation with the far right and vocally disavowed white supremacist marches.

On 21 November, the Canadian pundit publicly announced his departure from the Proud Boys with a YouTube video.

The Australia tour

Their Facebook page, which has over 20,000 followers, promotes values that also include being pro-life, advocating for free speech, supporting gay rights and the Trump administration. The group also claims to stand against Islam, Nazism, and feminism.

When news of the tour began to spread in Australia, members of the country’s Labor party urged the government to deny McInnes a visa.

Protesters rallied in Canberra delivering a petition of 81,000 signatures calling on the government to block McInnes yesterday (29 November).

Gavin McInnes claims he’s not homophobic

Gavin McInnes has made many racist and anti-LGBTI remarks in the past. In a 14 October podcast, he defended the use of the slur ‘f*ggot.’

He had previously defended the word in a 2011 essay.

‘Using words such as “faggot,” “nigger,” and “slut” are obviously all about context. They are swear words. To go up to an old black guy and yell NIGGER in his face is exactly like going up to an old white lady and yelling CUNT in her face. It is not racist, sexist, or homophobic to swear. It’s just very rude,’ his essay , titled I’m Not a Racist, Sexist, or a Homophobe, You Nigger Slut Faggot, reads.

‘What is more than rude, however, is to insist you know my motive for swearing. To police language based on thought is to police thoughts. It’s nobody’s business what our motives are.’

Earlier this year, he also claimed not to trust Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff because he has a ‘gay face.’

Back in 2014, McInnes published an article titled Transphobia is Perfectly Natural on Thought Catalogue.

Strangely, however, McInnes also claims he isn’t homophobic.

In 2015, he started his own show, The Gavin McInnes show, on Compound Media. During one episode, McInnes allegedly shoved a dildo up his own rectum to ‘protest Islam.’

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