Who is Andrew Tate and why is he banned from social media?
I have been seeing comments about Tate for some time so have taken my time to work out what he is all about. My conclusion is that he is simply an attention-seeking clown -- a deliberate clown. He says extreme things -- anything -- to get himself publicity. We can only speculate about how much of what he says he genuinely believes but it may be only a small part of what he says.
But he is a rip-roaring success at what he does. He gets publicity at an epic rate and appears to have turned it into a lot of money. But I don't think there is any need to take him seriously in any way. He is just a successful performer with a new schtick.
His "misogyny" should ruin his chances with women but he is tall (6'3") and very well built and that has a lot of appeal to women so he would have no shortage of girlfriends -- particularly women from the lower end of the IQ distribution
Online provocateur Andrew Tate doesn’t just engage in hateful, violent attacks against women online; he also does so in real life, authorities allege.
The 36-year-old social media influencer — once banned from Twitter for saying women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted — was arrested in Romania Thursday on human trafficking and rape charges.
A divisive chauvinist who has previously slammed women as “intrinsically lazy,” Tate appeared to mock the accusations he faces after being detained, along with his brother Tristan, for 24 hours outside Bucharest.
“The Matrix sent their agents,” the British-American conspiracist tweeted to his 3.9 million followers early Friday.
Romania’s anti-organized crime agency announced late Thursday that four suspects, including two British citizens and two Romanians, had been brought in for sexually exploiting women. No detainees were identified by name, but an agency spokeswoman confirmed that Andrew and his brother, Tristan Tate, had been arrested.
“Victims were recruited by British citizens by misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love (the lover boy method),” Romanian authorities said in a statement Thursday.
The six victims were taken to homes in Ilfov, north of Bucharest, where they were put under “constant surveillance,” authorities said.
The women were then “sexually exploited” and forced to perform pornographic acts intended to be posted on social media platforms, according to Romanian officials.
The four suspects, including the Tate brothers, were also charged with rape after an injured woman reported being sexually assaulted on two occasions in March.
Before he was a social media influencer dubbed the “King of Toxic Masculinity,” Emory Andrew Tate III was a world light-heavyweight kickboxing champ once known as “King Cobra.” He dominated professional kickboxing starting in 2005, compiling a 76-9 record and two world titles over the next nine years. After a brief stint in mixed martial arts, the 6-foot-3 southpaw now works as a commentator for Real Xtreme Fighting, the largest MMA promotion in Romania, according to his website CobraTate.com.
But Tate was largely unknown outside of fighting circles until his 2016 appearance on the UK version of “Big Brother.” Just days into the show’s production, he was kicked out after the emergence of past racist and homophobic tweets as well as a video showing Tate allegedly hitting a woman with a belt. Further footage shows Tate telling the victim to count her bruises, but both parties reportedly denied any abuse occurred.
The “Big Brother” alum then came under fire a year later amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, for insisting women share responsibility if they’re sexually assaulted.
After the “Big Brother” rejection, Tate decided to reinvent himself as a hyper-masculine guru, posting online videos advising men to treat women like commodities. He brags about his wealth, shares his “secrets” of success — for a price — and thrives on criticism. “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–k you money and you can’t take that away,” he said in 2021 on the “Anything Goes With James English” podcast. Tate has cultivated a large following within the online “manosphere” — a group of proud misogynists who see women as inferior objects to be controlled.
“If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bear some responsibility,” Tate wrote in October 2017. “I’m not saying it’s OK you got raped. No woman should be abused regardless. However, with sexual assault, they want to put zero blame on the victim whatsoever.”
Tate was subsequently suspended from Twitter but got reinstated in November along with several other once-banned celebrities, including psychologist Jordan Peterson and comedian Kathy Griffin.
He was removed in August from Facebook and Instagram, where he had more than 4.7 million followers. And Tate’s no longer on TikTok, where his ideologies were permanently banned, although countless #AndrewTate clips were still available on the platform as of Friday.
A self-help guru and admitted misogynist, Tate has previously compared women to dogs, saying they’re property of their husbands and belong at home. “It’s not about being property, it’s about she belongs to him,” Tate said in July.
More recently, Tate took aim at female executives.“Why are all these ‘business women’ and ‘CEO’ chicks married to very rich men?” he tweeted Monday. “Its [sic] almost as if the man pays for their entire lives and their businesses are hobby bullshit.”
Romantically, Tate has been linked to Naghel Georgiana Manuela, who has been referred to by The Sun as “an American businesswoman and influencer.” He has also claimed to have multiple children by multiple women.
Now Tate — believed to be worth up to $100 million — hawks life advice online via his Hustler’s University, which boasts 168,000 members who pay $49.99 per month.
The Sunday Mirror reported in June that Tate and his brother had also raked in millions from webcam sites featuring lingerie-clad models that charged customers up to $4 per minute.
Curious visitors to CobraTate.com, which is separate from TatesHustlers.com and its Hustler’s University, are introduced to the so-called “War Room,” a global group with “members, bases and influence” across 70 countries. Membership costs a one-time fee of $4,497.
“Our network contains a varied expertise which allows us to exert influence globally,” the site states. “Every member has either achieved or is working toward the ultimate goal of all intelligent men, freedom in a world of slavery.”