Gavin McInnes (b. 1970) is the VICE Media co-founder who formed the Proud Boys in 2016. Although McInnes is no longer an active member of the Proud Boys, his influence is still important to the group. When the Proud Boys were first announced, McInnes described its members as "Western chauvinists who refuse to apologise [sic] for creating the modern world," and who "long for the days when "girls were girls and men were men."" He is also known for his overt xenophobia, racism, misogyny and advocacy for brutal tactics when dealing with counter-protesters, namely antifa.