Former kickboxing champion turned self-styled men’s-help guru Andrew Tate has claimed that women are the property of their husbands and should “have kids, sit at home, be quiet, and make coffee” in videos that have been widely shared online.
“You can’t be responsible for a dog if it doesn’t obey you,” he has allegedly said, implying that he needs to have control over the women he dates. He has declared himself to be “absolutely a misogynist” and that he would assault a woman who accused him of cheating.
His fans call him “the king of toxic masculinity”.
This summer, Tate’s content circulated quickly over social media, garnering millions of views while igniting concerns about what it might do to boys and young men who come across it. He boasted about his reach after his fame surged in recent months.
Tate is now banned from using Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
Tate’s account was deleted, according to a TikTok official, for breaking the company’s rules against “content that attacks, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanises an individual or a group” based on characteristics like sex. According to Meta, Tate’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts were deleted, which cited rules against hazardous groups and people.
An inquiry for comment sent on Sunday went unanswered by Tate, a 35-year-old Romanian resident who was born in the United States and raised in the United Kingdom and who managed an online “education and coaching” programmed by the name of Hustler’s University.
Many groups that assist victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, as well as other social media influencers, had advocated for his removal from social media sites. Tate was deemed harmful by Hope Not Hate. This British organisation started a petition asking for Tate to be taken off social media.
“The effect that Tate’s brand of vitriolic misogyny can have on the young male audience is deeply concerning,” Hope Not Hate stated. “His fans widely celebrate his content for havingbringing’traditional masculinity.’ However, we also know that misogyny can be a gateway to other extreme and discriminatory views.”
The group cited a report stating that Tate’s Romanian residence was searched in April as part of an investigation into human trafficking. Tate has denied misconduct, and there have been no arrests.
Tate originally made headlines in 2016 when, according to reports, he was fired from the reality TV programme “Big Brother” when a video surfaced to show him punching a woman. Later, the two insisted that his acts were mutually agreed. After declaring on Twitter in 2017 that women should take personal responsibility and defend themselves against sexual assault, Afte provoked an internet uproar.
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He stated in the thread created in response to the allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, “If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must [carry] some responsibility. I’m not saying it’s OK you got raped.” As a result, Twitter permanently suspended his account, according to reports.
According to NBC News, Tate had a fan base at first among far-right groups on social media. He shared a dinner in 2019 with Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec; Mike Cernovich, another supporter of conspiracies, has referred to him as a friend. He appeared on Infowars many times.
His rapid fame did not develop naturally, according to reports. Hustler’s University’s paying members were instructed to flood social media sites with his videos, choosing the most contentious ones to increase engagement in what experts described to the news source as algorithm manipulation. His advice to his followers to “slap, slap, grab, choke” women in the bedroom and his claim that he dates 18 and 19-year-olds because it’s simpler to leave an “imprint” on them were among the videos that gained popularity.
Most of the videos that have gained popularity on TikTok seem to have been uploaded by Tate’s fans. “Our investigation into this content is ongoing,” a TikTok spokeswoman said in a statement to The Post. “We continue to remove violative accounts and videos that promote misogyny and other hateful behaviour.”
Tate explained in an interview with NBC News that he plays an “online character” and advises males “to avoid toxic people as a whole” in response to criticism of his remarks.
He assured the outlet that it had nothing to do with hatred of women.
However, Tate’s impact raised enough concern that a teacher-focused Instagram account produced a manual for discussing his ideas with kids and allowing his remarks to remain on social media platforms, according to organisations that support victims of domestic violence, normalised misogyny and violence.
“Making derogatory comments and videos about abusing women is as dangerous as it is unacceptable,” Zainab Gulamali, policy and public affairs manager at Women’s Aid in Britain, told the Daily Mail. “This normalises the misogynistic and sexist attitudes at the root of all violence against women and girls.” “Sexist actions and language that reinforce women’s inequality have been tolerated for too long,” she added. “It is vital that we all challenge these deep-rooted misogynistic attitudes, which normalise women being emotionally abused, belittled and controlled, and physically harmed.”
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