Courtesy of Reuters:
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes sued the U.S. Southern Poverty Law Center on Monday for defamation after it labeled his organization a hate group, alleging the designation was aimed at getting him kicked off social media platforms.
The men-only Proud Boys group describes itself as a fraternal club of “Western chauvinists” who are “anti-racism,” while the law center describes the organization as misogynistic, anti-Muslim bigots.
McInnes is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to declare the hate group designation as unlawful, saying the law center has made a series of false and malicious statements about him.
The law center called the suit meritless and promoted its webpage outlining why it considers the Proud Boys a hate group. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the jurisdiction for the law center’s Montgomery headquarters.
“They have harassed me, my family, and my friends to a level of tortious interference that goes well into sabotage,” McInnes said in a statement. “I am doing this, not just to protect my reputation and my family but to protect everyone else’s.”
The suit claims the law center influenced the decision by conservative media outlet Blaze TV to fire McInnes in December and that McInnes, the co-founder of Vice Media, was banned from YouTube and his podcasts banned from iTunes in part because of the law center.
The SPLC said that they viewed this lawsuit as a compliment, and said that they want to be “judged by the enemies we make.”
As for whether or not this is a hate group I give you exhibit A.
Yeah, I think the label “hate group” fits, how about you?