Vice co-founder and resident badboy mascot Gavin McInnes is, finally, officially, OUT at Vice. And VBS (Vice's MTV-partnered online video site) and even Dos & Don'ts, the last vestige of the magazine and brand his suddenly grownup colleagues still allowed him to helm. The news shouldn't surprise anyone who's read about Vice's new money and newer social consciousness. McInnes broke the news himself earlier today in an email to friends. "It's a long story but we've all agreed to leave it at 'creative differences,' so please don't ask me about it." Like Craig Kilborn taking 5 Questions to CBS, Gavin will soldier on with his photo mockery at streetcarnage.com. McInnes promises other projects soon, to be announced on his site "as they blossom into fruition like a hundred humid vaginas in the presence of God's boner." That's the kind of '90s retro edgy ANSWER Me! ripoff tone we miss from the new, "child soldiers are so sad" Vice. Full email after the jump. [Previously]
Congratulations to Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes and his wife, Emily, who gave birth to Sophie Whiterabbit McInnes at 9:23 PM on September 16 (for what it's worth, the Whiterabbit part of her name is less "crackhead parents" and more "Mommy's Native American"). Emily had a breezy 18 hours of labor; rather than touch a drop of epidural, she opted for a midwife and a doula. And so the granola hater from Vice goes for natural childbirth with the help of a doula — a pivotal step in the evolution from hipster to grup.
The first time you encounter Vice magazine, you're amused at the audacity of the prose subjects and fascinated by the gritty photography. You might have been drawn in by the widely imitated DOs and DON'Ts feature, a genius invention which mocks endless reams of hipster photos on their dress, appearance, and questionable worth as human beings. And perhaps you've become enamored by the caustically funny antics of cofounder and "spokesman" Gavin McInnes.
• Two Katie Couric photos today for the price of one: Study America's sweetheart as she's seduced by Antonio Banderas. Look at her maintain eye contact — we haven't seen her so focused since her last colonoscopy. [AP]
• The Times declared that beards are back, and ZZ Top celebrated. Not two weeks later, beards jump the shark with their own hot-or-not spin-off. [Bearded Dudes]
• Slate's Emily Yoffe becomes a paparazzo. Is it just us, or does that seem like a horrible invasion of celebrities' privacy, just for a few people's prurient amusement? [Slate]
• We all have those random words that, no matter what, we just can't seem to spell. For those in the media and their inept copy editors, that word would be "villain." [FishbowlNY]
• Losers, unite: Not content to merely read at the Rejection Show, disgruntled writers who have been denied love from the New Yorker come together to form the Silence of the City. Never let go of the sadness, kids. [Silence of the City]
• The Don'ts of Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. [Blagg Blogg]
• Chimps acting in commercials are getting raises that some actors would dream of. Then again, it's a safe bet that most of the chimps are more intelligent and hard-working than their human counterparts. [AdAge]