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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.

According to Adweek, McInnes has been asked to take an indefinite leave of absence from his position as Chief Creative Officer at Rooster NYC, an ad agency he co-founded in 2010.

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.” RS

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This is just shameful, the bigotry, the hate that just spews from his mouth is so nauseating that please excuse me while I go get very sick, but as I think about it, I am just angry that someone on a Faux News program even as a Frequent Flyer can hate people so much, so here is my rant F*ck you you, bleep. bleeping , Bleeeeeping ass-bleeeiing piece of f*cking SHIT(had to yell)!
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.” RS
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Published earlier this week on Thought Catalog, "Transphobia is Perfectly Natural" has at publication received 2,082 comments. It has also sparked a "Boycott Rooster" movement, with Tumblr and Twitter accounts asking followers to let Rooster clients—Vans, Red Bull, Fox Sports and others—know they will not support companies that work with McInnes. Adweek

Originally posted to The Sheeping of America on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:08 PM PDT.

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  •  sadly no surprise (4+ / 0-)

    The bottom line is that he merely said what so many people think.  I don't know who is more destructive, those who say what they think out loud or those who think it and hide it but still act upon it.

    I look at our history of racism for instruction and remember a co-worker on the line at Lea Industries.  We were discussing what racial divides there were at the company (circa 1975) and which people were the worst ones.  He told me that, in his opinion as an African American, he preferred the KKK members because at least their racism was out there for you to see so you know you won't get Jack from them.

    In his opinion, the dangerous ones were the closet racists who would smile to your face and brag about donating to the UNCF but when it came promotion time, would stab you in the back and promote whites over you.  Problem is you never see it coming so you actually have some degree of hope.  He said that was more devastating to the soul, to think you have a shot at something you don't compared to knowing from the get to you don't have a shot.

    So while this guy is reprehensible, he does speak for a population which one would do well to be on the lookout for    

    •  You're right you never see (3+ / 0-)
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      some them coming until them are right up on you.

    •  there's this (7+ / 0-)

      Yes, I know that is what a lot of people think.  But when I work with them, company policy and state law usually require them to STFU.  This gives me time to convince them that even if they think I'm crazy, I'm still a good colleague or renter.  

      There is discrimination that is systemic but repressed-- why the minority doesn't get hired in the first place, what people say over beers -- and there is discrimination that is overt, that empowers the most bigoted person in the room to go nuts on a minority hire or renter or person in the street, and feel like they will be supported (or at least not censured).  

      So I'm glad they took the article down.  It isn't that I'm not keenly aware that he speaks for a lot of people.  No few of them right here.  But I'm not the freak he portrays (for one thing, I'm 50 next  week and haven't killed myself yet -- I have every intention of being an old trannie) and I have to earn a living, rent an apartment, see the doctor, just like y'all.  There's a difference between socially acceptable hate and underground hate.  Underground hate I can mostly live with or work around.  I'm mostly charming in person (dk comments notwithstanding) and good at what I do.  With underground hate, I at least have a window to convince you, in context, that I'm a reliable colleague or good tenant.  Explicit and accepted hate is just a completely closed door.  

      ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

      by jessical on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 08:30:08 PM PDT

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      •  congratulations to making it to 50 (3+ / 0-)
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        without having been driven completely crackers

      •  Happy birthday Jessical! (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm in my 50s & while I will admit to suicidal ideation in early adulthood, when I knew I was trans but had no idea what to do about it, since then have also been an excellent employee & customer.  

        I think most people (at least here in the US) these days do not harbor actual acrimony toward transgenders, it's more like at this juncture, people just want to know what the rules are; which pronoun to use, how we affect their daily lives (usually, we don't).  But there are nuts like this who for whatever reason are triggered, and that means just being in a public place can be terrifying.  Not always though, not anymore.  Although why anyone like this guy would give two hoots what I do or how I live my life is just bizarre & creepy in itself.

        I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

        by VeggiElaine on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 07:15:39 AM PDT

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        •  As we're members of the minority (1+ / 0-)
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          ...we can call ourselves whatever we want, but I do prefer (strongly) "transgendered people" over "transgenders".  

          I didn't realize that I could click through and actually read this thing.  I just did. Before I'd just read quoted bits.  I'm off the opinion web for the week.  Maybe the month.  Fuck it.

          Killing and raping are perfectly natural too, is all I'm thinking at the moment.  If I'd realized I could click through and read the whole fucking thing, that would have been my comment above -- really, lots of men think raping is OK, so we should just say it, right?  Instead of my comment trying to nuance types of prejudice.  After reading the thing, that would have been the entirety of my observation.  Lots of people think nasty stuff about other classes of people.  Civilization requires that we STFU.  End thought.

          I actually do think that most people think this way.  They just don't care about it as much as this guy does.  

          I have much ambiguity about 50.  I suppose most do.  If I could afford a red convertible I'd get one.

          ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

          by jessical on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 07:33:03 AM PDT

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          •  Perferences (1+ / 0-)
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            I agree re terminology.  I get sick of using "people" or "folk" tho too.  Point taken tho.  Really, I just want to say "person" without the qualifier because really it shouldn't matter to anyone else.  

            In the past week or so, where I've gone is that in our current social construct, the things that are considered OK; legal, acceptable behavior, like fracking and refining crude oil and piling up tons of paper trash in plastic bags & building these massive rubber and steel trucks to collect our recycled water bottles, that makes a lot of things, like rape & murder, or hate of trans people, OK, for some people.  Maybe many more fantasize about it, about say rape, to have that kind of power over someone.  Like those people with the trucks that blurt out the thick smog on Priuses.  I don't feel like a threat so I can't understand how someone would need to lash out like that, OR harbor those same feelings unexpressed.

            What that guy did in his article was he lumped us all into one group, and said we ALL have these attributes, suicidal, druggies, ... & by dehumanizing us, by claiming our individuation, he does the same thing bigots of all stripes do.
            I keep waiting for them all to die off but it keeps not happening.

            I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

            by VeggiElaine on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 08:42:04 AM PDT

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            •  Preferences grr /nt (1+ / 0-)
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              I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

              by VeggiElaine on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 08:58:18 AM PDT

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              •  I think every trans person I know (0+ / 0-)

                ...certainly every trans woman (except for a few who had FU money to burn and a complete lack of whatever gene causes introspection) has wrestled long and hard with the nature of our ostracism and the shape of people's prejudices.  I know I have, in a cyclic fashion.   I personally -- while I'm very busy and work hard and have a few really sterling friends -- am at a bit of a cusp, with 50 coming on I guess.  That and other things.  What was crystal clear to me, reading through his piece, was that this is what most folks actually start from, sans the vitriol and nasty clownish bullshit.  At least, that's my take.  One solution is a deep and permanent shrug (that's what I've tried for, for years now).  Another is to primarily have queer community, people who are mostly on the other side of the line where what he had to say is baseline.  

                It successfully shook me.  Not because I think he's either right or effective.  But because it is useful, from time to time, to stare into the distance from the rest of the humans, and honestly inventory both impact and response.  I think many of us see that far horizon and find a cave.  I guess I'm just finding my cave less habitable this week.  Not in a bad way necessarily.  But I'm outta here for awhile.  Pontificating and discussing things with strangers who very likely consider me less than a person, from the framework of an online persona, is, right at the moment, galling.

                ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

                by jessical on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 05:01:13 PM PDT

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  •  He (5+ / 0-)

    couldn't be more ignorant. Honestly I don't even know what to say, I'm speechless.

  •  "Ripping your vaginal canal out of (6+ / 0-)

    your fly doesn’t mean you are going to start inventing shit and knowing how cement works."

    Because, apparently, you have to be born with a penis to create anything or understand the complexities of cement.

    Please, don't ever let me get anywhere near whatever substances this man is abusing.

  •  Penis createth the world (1+ / 0-)
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    now is the time to cover your eyes and say wake up, wake up, wake the fuck up!

    •  The Gun is good. The Penis is evil. (1+ / 0-)
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          -- Zardoz  (1974):

         Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, his chosen ones. You have been raised up from brutality, to kill the brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your god gave you the gift of the gun. The gun is good.
         Exterminators: The gun is good.
         Zardoz: The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth and kill!
      (emphasis in source)

      "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

      by thanatokephaloides on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 11:32:46 PM PDT

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  •  Speak for yourself Mr. McInnes (5+ / 0-)
    We see there are no old trannies.
    I know quite a few; one in her 80's and another in her 70's and a bunch of others not that much younger.

    Someone needs to get his head out of his posterior and get out into the real world just a wee bit more. Ignorant moron that he is.

  •  So I checked the transphobic guy's article... (3+ / 0-)
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    And the transphobic article is an absolute disaster zone of curse words, confusion, and hate mongering.

    The bit quoted here is one of the few passages without swear words in the article.

    This guy seems to angrily confuse sexual orientation and gender identity.  It's like when someone starts yelling at their VCR because they can't figure out how to set the time off of 12:00.

    You just want to say to the guy, "Hey, if you want to know how to set the time on a device, read the manual.  If you want to know why a transsexual lives as the gender opposite their birth certificate, ask a transsexual."  It's as simple as that.

    Luckily, the younger generation is not so freaked out by the idea that gender and physiological sex are different things.  They know how to set the time on their devices too.

  •  Strong odds (1+ / 0-)
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    There is no mention what prompted this screed from the guy, but there must have been, you know, reasons.

    My guess is that he got caught up in some major life secret and is now lashing out. Maybe he picked up someone he thought was a woman and (you guess the rest), or perhaps he was in a sexual relationship with someone who turned out to have a sex change---

    Or maybe he has suppressed his desire for the removal of his own appendage all these years.

    I think he hates himself as much as anything. I would hate myself too if I was a regular guest on Fox.

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