When Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes suddenly disappeared last Thursday while taping his internet show, the moment he claimed that someone had barged into his studio while he was filming. movie, his fans were immediately worried.
“We’re filming a show, can we do this another time?” McInnes said someone turned off the camera, adding that he wanted to get an attorney.
Finally, McInnes said: “I didn’t let him in, when he walked off the set.
McInnes’ cameras filmed an empty chair for another hour.
The aspiring comedian’s supporters and detractors are all wondering if McInnes will be arrested, especially since Proud Boy facing criminal charges would not be unprecedented. . Among other cases, the top five members of the group was prosecuted for an ambitious plot following the January 6 riots. On the social media app Telegram, the Proud Boys speculated that McInnes had been detained.
Then paranoia emerged in McInnes’ conservative circles, where other far-right figures wondered if they might be next. Right-wing website The Post Millennial claims that McInnes was “arrested on the spot”. Josh Denny, a comedian and former Food Network host scheduled to join McInnes on a comedy tour next month, also confirmed that McInnes has been arrested.
“He’s rotting in jail because he dares to question authority,” Denny tweeted, adding a hashtag “Free Gavin”.
However, nearly a week later, many McInnes fans have come to believe that he faked his disappearance to gain attention. The local and federal law enforcement agencies that likely arrested McInnes have both denied involvement and McInnes has not been charged with any crime. Now, McInnes, still in a low position, is facing backlash from former allies and supporters of the hoax.
McInnes did not respond to a request for comment.
McInnes’ fake arrest went particularly badly because the other Proud Boys were actually jailed, with one Proud Boy related during the Capitol riots was sentenced to 55 months in prison just days after McInnes disappeared.
“Gavin McInnes has never spent a day in jail,” said Matthew Walker, frontman of the Tennessee Proud Boys, in a Telegram post. “7 of my friends were there for him!”
McInnes’ false arrest plan came to light after Owen Benjamin, an anti-Semitic far-right figure and former comedian, posted a text message he claimed to have received from McInnes on Instagram. In Benjamin’s narration, he texted McInnes out of genuine concern that McInnes was facing criminal charges.
“The joke,” McInnes wrote back, according to Benjamin. “Do not tell.”
Benjamin ignored McInnes’ request, exposing the prank on a live broadcast to his own fans. Benjamin – who is famous for this failure trying to create a bear-themed complex in Idaho for his supporters – complaining that McInnes’ ruse worries his fans, who fear the tyrannical Biden administration might proceed mass arrests following the arrest of McInnes.
“People are really scared, you know?” Benjamin said. “People are really scared when things like that happen.”
Benjamin’s revelation angered McInnes, according to the messages Benjamin released.
“Did you spill the beans?” McInnes wrote back to Benjamin after the show aired. “Looks like you did. Was made.”
The revelation also angered Denny, who insisted that McInnes was indeed arrested. On Twitter, Denny complained that Benjamin ruined “a bit” because he was jealous of McInnes’ success.
Benjamin, who frequently attacks other right-wing figures, insists that the fake McInnes arrest was more intended as a trick to trick his supporters into raising money than as an actual joke.
“I’ve been on the right politically because I think the left is catching immoral liars,” Benjamin wrote on Instagram. “I was wrong boy.”