Who is self-described misogynist Andrew Tate?

Social media influencer Andrew Tate made headlines twice this week: First on Wednesday, when he beefed on Twitter with Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg, then on Thursday, when he was arrested in Romania on human trafficking costs.

However even earlier than Tate’s arrest, the social media influencer and former kickboxer constructed a colossal following on-line as an obvious males’s self-help guru.

Tate has described himself as a misogynist; an admirer dubbed him “the king of toxic masculinity.” His prolonged interviews with podcasters are sometimes edited down and broadly shared by each his supporters and detractors, honing in on a laundry listing of sexist feedback towards ladies together with sufferer blaming and inspiring violence towards ladies.

Some critics who’ve tuned in to Tate’s lengthy historical past of hateful speech weren’t stunned by this week’s arrest, as an alternative seeing it as a doable scenario of phrases assembly actions.

Who is Andrew Tate?

Born within the U.S. and raised in each the U.S. and England, Tate’s first declare to fame got here as a kickboxer. Throughout his skilled profession, which began in 2007, Tate gained a number of world titles inside the Worldwide Sport Kickboxing Assn. whereas preventing out of the U.Okay.

Tate moved to Bucharest, Romania, in 2017, the place he fought his final sequence of fights earlier than retiring in 2020.

Tate’s fame grew in 2016 whereas he was a contestant on the British model of actuality TV present “Big Brother.” His temporary stint on the present was coloured by controversy. First, a sequence of homophobic and racist tweets surfaced. Then, a video that appeared to indicate Tate hitting a lady surfaced, resulting in his removing from the present after solely six days. Tate later claimed the violence was consensual.

How did he tangle with Thunberg?

Tate’s arrest comes shortly after an internet beef with local weather activist Greta Thunberg. On Dec. 27, Tate tweeted at Thunberg, bragging about his “33 cars” with a photograph of himself submitting up a Ducati sports activities automotive at a fuel pump, and requested her to “provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”

After Thunberg clapped again with a spicy tweet of her own, Tate responded by posting a video that confirmed him seated at a desk with a pizza field from a Romanian chain, Jerry’s Pizza. It was widely speculated on-line that Romanian authorities used the video to show Tate was within the nation to execute their raid, however investigators have since dismissed the notion that the video performed a task within the arrest.

Tate instructions an immense on-line following with 3.7 million followers on Twitter. Earlier than he was kicked off numerous social media platforms, Tate had 4.6 million followers on Instagram and greater than 740,000 followers on YouTube, in accordance with a Rolling Stone report.

Andrew Tate on the “Big Brother” home in England in 2016.

(Karwai Tang / WireImage by way of Getty Photographs)

His notoriety on-line is commonly fueled by opponents’ intense criticism of his numerous statements. However he additionally boasts a passionate fan base of largely younger males. He has dined with far-right figures and expressed his assist for former President Trump.

Tate has discovered a house amongst what is often known as the “manosphere,” an anti-feminist motion that the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle has described as “thick with misogynistic attacks that can be astounding for the guttural hatred they express.”

Whereas some followers might search Tate for his recommendation on relationships or health, many have made their very own followings by modifying down and sharing clips of Tate’s hateful feedback. The clips are sometimes accompanied by titles and captions that reward Tate for “owns” or “destroying” his detractors.

When describing the enchantment of the manosphere to younger males, YouTuber and tradition critic F.D. Signifier mentioned it appeals to males who’re pissed off with the “existential dread” of “patriarchy under capitalism” and should flip to figures reminiscent of Tate for solutions. The curiosity, he mentioned, usually begins with somebody “wanting to build some muscle or learning to talk to girls or searching for their favorite anime character and end[s] up arguing for things like enforced monogamy, sex redistribution or that women should be denied the right to vote.”

What has Tate mentioned on-line?

As part of a two-hour interview in 2021 on the podcast “Anything Goes With James English,” Tate mentioned, “You can’t slander me because I will state right now that I am absolutely sexist and I’m absolutely a misogynist, and I have f— you money and you can’t take that away.”

In a separate video, Tate complained that “women are failing in their role,” which he mentioned must be to prepare dinner for a person and provides start to youngsters. Elsewhere, he lectured a room filled with younger ladies that their profession aspirations don’t matter and that the “happiest women” have youngsters and a person who’s paying their payments.

Throughout a July interview on the Barstool Sports activities podcast “BFFs,” Tate mentioned he believes males ought to have authority over ladies, likening them to a home or a automotive. Tate tried to make clear his views later within the interview. “I’m not saying they’re property,” he mentioned. “I am saying they are given to the man and belong to the man.”

In one other video, Tate mentioned he sleeps subsequent a machete. He mentioned if a lady accuses him of dishonest on her, “It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her up by the neck.”

In August, Tate was banned from YouTube, Fb, Instagram and TikTok. The businesses cited violations of their harmful people and hate speech insurance policies of their choices to take away him from their platforms.

“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok,” a TikTok spokesperson mentioned in a press release. “Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove violative accounts and videos and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content.”

Tate was completely banned from Twitter in 2017 for violating its phrases of service, however was reinstated final month after Elon Musk took over the platform and granted clemency to a number of silenced customers.

Why was Tate arrested in Romania?

Romanian authorities arrested Tate, alongside together with his brother Tristan Tate and two Romananian people, on Thursday in an investigation that features human trafficking and rape costs. The arrests have been first reported by Romanian information publication Libertatea.

The detainment was to final solely 24 hours, however a choose granted the request of prosecutors to increase their detention as much as 30 days, in accordance with a BBC report.

“The Matrix sent their agents,” a tweet from Tate’s account mentioned Friday.

Investigators on Romania’s organized crime and terrorism job drive didn’t identify Tate, however mentioned in a press release that they had recognized six doable feminine victims who have been recruited by British residents who lured them in with guarantees of marriage and cohabitation, however later used bodily and psychological violence to drive them into houses the place they have been filmed having intercourse.

The allegations additionally embrace the rape of 1 sufferer.

“No matter what the judge decides [on the longer detention], we will take further action in investigating this crime,” Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, informed the Washington Publish in a Friday cellphone interview.

Tate’s house in Romania had beforehand been raided in April as part of an investigation that stemmed from reviews of an American lady being held captive at Tate’s home, the Each day Beast reported.

Police discovered an American lady and a Romanian lady in the home through the raid, in accordance with a report by Romanian newspaper Gândul.

Tate appeared to reply after the April raid with an Instagram image exhibiting him smoking a cigar in a mock interrogation room with faux cops. The caption learn, “Officer…l think we can all agree that b— love to lie.”

Previously, Tate mentioned “40 percent” of why he moved to Romania was for what he believed to be extra lax legal guidelines towards sexual assault, in accordance with a deleted YouTube video that was reposted to Reddit. Within the video he derides the #MeToo motion, saying it gave ladies the suitable to “destroy the safety of men” with false accusations.