If you’re a regular social media user, namely Instagram or TikTok, you’ve probably seen a video or two of Andrew Tate in your feed over the last few weeks.
Maybe he gave a motivational talk about how men can “level up” or how he thinks people who vape are “stupid”. More likely, you’ve stumbled across one of his more well-known videos, in which he expresses conflicting views on feminism and women.
Tate has made headlines in recent weeks with his controversial opinions, while garnering a huge online following. Here’s everything you need to know.
Who is Andrew Tate?
Emory Andrew Tate is a social media influencer and former kickboxer.
He is also the founder of Hustler’s University, an online “academy” where members pay a monthly membership fee in exchange for advice on earning passive income from various online industries.
How popular is he and does he have a girlfriend?
While Tate has a massive Instagram following of 4.6 million, his popularity skyrocketed after videos of him started circulating on TikTok. At the time of writing, the #AndrewTate hashtag has garnered 12.7 billion views.
Tate is said to be in a relationship with Naghel Georgiana Manuela. He shared a photo of himself and Naghel aboard a private plane on his Instagram account in October 2021.
“I fly on my jet with the only woman I trust. Magical powers,” he captioned the post.
What controversies surround him?
In 2016, Tate was booted from Big Brother season 17 after a video surfaced of Tate hitting a woman with a belt. In a statement, Tate said the actions in the video were consensual.
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In the past few weeks, Tate had been criticized for his view of women, which he had denounced as misogynistic.
In a video discussing feminism, Tate said women should “shut up, have kids, sit at home, be quiet and make coffee.”
In some of his most viral videos, he voices opinions such as “women can’t drive,” that men can cheat but women can’t, and that 18-year-old women are “more attractive than 25-year-olds because they’ve been through less shit.”
In an interview with The Mirror in March, Tate and his brother Tristan revealed they run an adult webcam business that employs lingerie-clad models to chat with men.
During the chats, which cost $4 an hour, the models tell male callers “fake sob stories.”
The brothers admitted the operation was a “total scam” but they are protected by two lines in their terms and conditions.
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Tristan said: “You broadcast ‘entertainment only’. This means that if a model says she has a sick dog or a sick grandma, that doesn’t have to be true. Next is that any monies models receive are ‘a voluntary token of gratitude for their airtime’.”
What have people said about him?
A petition to remove Tate from all social media platforms, accusing the influencer of “exploiting young men’s mental health” and “grooming” them, “hating” women and girls, has garnered more than 10,000 signatures .
The extent of Tate’s influence was made clear earlier this week when radio host and TV personality Abbie Chatfield revealed she has received abusive direct messages from Tate’s fans.
Speaking on Australian talk show The Project, Chatfield said she’s seen firsthand how Tate’s views affect boys.
“I get DMs [direct messages] of what appears to be early teens saying, “I hope Andrew Tate destroys you”.
“I also get comments calling me Abby Tate, especially comments on TikTok. It’s really widespread there.”
In a statement to The Independent in response to Chatfield’s comments, Tate said: “Everyone is entitled to an opinion and open discourse is very important for society to find the truth.
“I also get 10,000 hateful messages a day from her fans. She hated me more than I ever hated her.
“Honestly, I wish no one would get any hateful messages and we could talk openly about issues without fear. I wish her the best in all aspects of her life!”
What have women’s groups said about him?
Last week, White Ribbon, a charity working to end male violence against women, sounded the alarm that Tate’s videos could have a worrying effect on boys and men. The organization has asked TikTok to remove content about Tate from their platform.
“Men and boys who regularly observe and hear negative representations of masculinity can begin to adopt these attitudes and behaviors because they believe they are behaving as the ‘ideal man,'” the charity told MailOnline.
“This refers to being seen as tough, aggressive and oppressive. These qualities feed into gender norms of what “being a man” and “being a woman” is. Gender inequality is a direct consequence of traditional and negative stereotypes that limit the roles of women and men in society.”
They continued: “Not only does this create great pressure on men and boys, often affecting their mental health and self-image, but it also creates dangerous cultures and environments for women and girls to exist in.
“Sexist and derogatory comments exist on the same spectrum as behavior control and physical and sexual violence that create environments where men murder women.”
In a statement to The Independent in response to White Ribbon’s statement, Tate said he makes “a lot of videos praising women”.
“As a success coach, I talk about avoiding low-quality people. I often teach men to avoid friends who do drugs or just watch TV. I teach them to find good male friends and role models, and I also tell them to avoid toxic people altogether,” Tate said.
“That means I also say avoid toxic women and toxic men. Everyone ignored everything I said about avoiding bad men and just said I don’t like women because they said they avoided bad women.
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