Who is Andrew Tate and why is he banned from social media? Inside the world of the ‘king of toxic masculinity’ – from Big Brother and kickboxing to boasts of private jets and supercars
- Tate, 36, was widely mocked for his attempt to troll Greta Thunberg on Tuesday
- Branded ‘the king of toxic masculinity’ for his online diatribes against women
- The controversial influencer was born in Chicago but brought up in Luton
Andrew Tate, who was brutally put down for his ‘small d*** energy’ by climate activist Greta Thunberg, is a kickboxer and former Big Brother star who was recently banned from YouTube, Instagram and Facebook for his toxic comments about women.
The 36-year-old tweeted the teenager on Tuesday, sharing a photo of himself filling up his Bugatti supercar and asking her to send him her email address so he could detail the ‘enormous emissions’ his gas-guzzling performance cars spewed out.
Tate has been branded ‘the king of toxic masculinity’ for his online diatribes against women.
But he has managed to build up an apparent fortune through a series of controversial business ventures – allowing him to boast a glitzy lifestyle revolving around supercars and private jets.
Andrew Tate was savagely put down by Greta Thunberg after attempting to troll her on Twitter. He regular shares photos of himself travelling in private jets
Tate (pictured) was savagely put down by teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg for his ‘small d**k energy’ after he trolled her online
Tate tweeted on Tuesday: ‘Hello Greta Thunberg. I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad-turbo. My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s. This is just the start. Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and its enormous emissions.’
Miss Thunberg issued a brutal comeback in a tweet to her 4.9million followers yesterday, saying: ‘Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at smalld***[email protected]’
Tate first came to prominence when he appeared on Big Brother in 2016, but was removed from the programme after a video surfaced online which appeared to show him attacking a woman with a belt – a clip he claimed had been edited.
How the king of toxic masculinity corrupted a generation: Andrew Tate’s diatribes against women saw him get more Google hits than Donald Trump – until he was banned by social media giants
Andrew Tate is regularly seen online posing with beautiful women, mountains of cash and a fleet of supercars. It’s a lifestyle that earned him millions of followers on social media
Since then, he has gained further notoriety for a string of comments about women, including suggesting that they ‘bear some responsibility’ if they are assaulted – an incident which led to him being banned from Twitter.
In one video, Tate advised men accused of cheating by their girlfriends to ‘bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b***h.’
Born in Chicago, Illinois, but brought up in Luton, Bedfordshire, Tate has also garnered a dubious reputation over his various business activities.
He operated a website called ‘Hustler’s University’ in which members pay a monthly fee in order to receive instructions on dropshipping and cryptocurrency.
Tate’s followers earned commission for signing up new members, leading critics to label it a ‘pyramid scheme’. The marketing programme closed this month.
Together with his brother Tristan, he allegedly set up a webcam business in Romania in which young models told sob stories to unsuspecting male viewers.
Despite telling the Sunday Mirror that the site was ‘a total scam’, Tate claims to have made millions from it.
But it is his outspoken videos, popular with many young men, for which Tate is chiefly known.
Clips on Instagram under the hashtag Andrew Tate have racked up more than 11.6billion views, and clips on TikTok have been viewed more than 13billion times.
In his goodbye message earlier this year, Tate said the ‘attacks’ on him were ‘disguised under the virtue of caring about women.’
He added: ‘None of these people attacking me care about women, none of them donate to women’s charities, none of them donate to charity like I do, none of them help anyone like I do.’
Tate said that he has a ‘unique point of view’ and that he welcomes people to challenge it, and that he has ‘no problem with being disliked’.
However, he said, he ‘does have a problem’ with people taking clips of his videos and reporting them ‘out of context’ and ‘removing the tonality’, and with people ‘accusing him of illegality.’
Tate – pictured on Big Brother in 2016 – has been branded ‘the king of toxic masculinity’ for his online diatribes against women
It is his outspoken videos, popular with many young men, for which Tate is chiefly known. Clips on Instagram (pictured) under the hashtag Andrew Tate have racked up more than 11.6billion views, and clips of on TikTok have been viewed more than 13billion times. (Pictured: Tate talks about slapping and choking a woman who ‘likes it rough’)
He claimed he became the ‘most googled man on the planet’ and that he was a ‘victim of his own success’ because it led people to want to find ‘any little clip’ that they could ‘blow up’ to be ‘as controversial as possible’ – because ‘they want the views for themselves’.
Branding himself the ‘most influential person on planet’, Tate admitted that he ‘blames himself’ for the situation he finds himself in.
‘Toxic’ ex-Big Brother influencer Andrew Tate says he lives ‘with a very, very pure heart’ as he hits back with help from Jake Paul after being banned by YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook for women-hating rants
Tate has been banned from social media for his toxic rants
He said he admits he has to ‘change my messaging in line with my fame’ because the more people he reaches, the more he has to ‘make sure’ his videos are not ‘taken out of context’.
However the influencer said he is finding it difficult to operate out of fear his content will be ‘misrepresented and weaponised’.
He claimed he has received deals from some of the ‘biggest podcast companies in the world’, but said he has decided to ‘take a break’, adding: ‘With great influence comes great responsibility.’
‘Even with my genius intellect, I don’t know if I can find a way… for not one line to be taken out of context,’ he said.
He also insisted he loves women and said he has no rape or sexual assault charges despite being ‘the most famous man on the planet’.
He ended the video by confirming his break from podcasting, adding that he is not a bad guy because he runs a dog shelter and rebuilt an orphanage in Romania.
YouTube permanently banned Tate for breaching its rules on hate speech. The website said channels associated with Tate had been removed for breaching its terms of service, following similar moves by Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
At the time of his removal, he had 4.7million followers on Instagram – this grew rapidly from around one million followers just two months earlier in June.
A number of campaign groups have criticised Tate for his views and warned he was a danger to young men and boys who see his content online, urging the various platforms on which he is active to remove him.
Joe Mulhall, director of research at Hope Not Hate, said: ‘We are delighted that after discussions with YouTube, and our public campaigning, they have permanently removed his account.
‘Andrew Tate’s YouTube account was a huge source for harmful content which spread like wildfire across the internet.
‘But more action is required from all major tech platforms to make the internet a safer place. Removing Tate’s accounts from platforms does not automatically remove his content.’
Tate says he was ‘playing a comedic character’ in videos which have been slammed as misogynistic
Before entering the Big Brother house in 2016, Tate had a kickboxing career and trained at a club in Luton
TikTok said it has been taking action against videos and accounts that are found to violate its community guidelines.
A TikTok spokesman said: ‘Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok.
‘We’ve been removing violative videos and accounts for weeks, and we welcome the news that other platforms are also taking action against this individual.’
Influencer Andrew Tate’s controversial past
Previous tweets by Tate were unearthed depicting allegedly abusive messages he sent to singer Cheryl regarding her marriage to footballer Ashley Cole.
In one message he refers to Cheryl and her former husband as ‘massive w*g sockets,’ as well as launching an attack on Canadian rapper Drake.
He is also said to have posted the now-deleted comment: ‘If I wanted to see black people running I’d just threaten them with jobs.’
The 35-year-old was booted off the show after a video emerged of Tate beating his ex-girlfriend with a belt, which he claims is the reason why he was removed from the Channel 5 reality show the day before.
The clip shows the star continually hitting the woman with his belt – he also slaps her across the face.
But the star insisted it was ‘playful fun’ and said at the time: ‘A longer version of the video shows us laughing and I’m hitting myself saying ‘it doesn’t hurt’. ‘I’m still friends with her and she’s in the UK with me now. I would never hit a woman.’
Tate stoked the fires of controversy again shortly before World Suicide Day when he tweeted ‘depression isn’t real’.
He wrote: ‘There are very few fat lonely man, aged 60 with no money or family or hobbys. Who arnt depressed. – this is not a clinical disease’.
His remarks were later blasted by former boxer Ricky Hatton and best-selling author J.K Rowling.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Tate caused controversy with his comments about rape.
At the time, he tweeted: ‘Women have been exchanging sex for opportunity for a very long time. Some did this. Weren’t abused. […] If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bear some responsibility.’
Twitter removed the tweets for violating their policy and Tate’s account was suspended, however he has since gone on to become a verified user.
Tate and his brother Tristan allegedly ran a cam girl business in Romania after moving there in 2017, where ’75 lingerie-clad models take calls from fans paying $4 a minute’.
He previously said: ‘I could open a strip club, but that takes money and I need overhead, I need money. How can I use these women to make me money.
‘At the height of my webcam pimpin’ I think I am the king of the world […] the problem is the first two girls worked for me because they loved me, […] but once you get bigger you start hiring girls who don’t love you. They are in it for the money.’
According to Daily Beast, Tate’s mansion was raided by Romanian authorities in relation to an alleged human trafficking incident.
The investigation followed a tip off from the US Embassy that a 21-year-old American woman was being held at the home against her will.
The case is ongoing. The brothers were released at the time and deny all wrongdoing.
Meta, said it had removed the controversial influencer’s official accounts for breaching its rules around dangerous organisations or individuals and that he was now banned from using either Facebook or Instagram.
The ex-Big Brother star responded to the bans by telling MailOnline that he was ‘a fantastic role model for all people, both male and female’, adding that his platform ‘would be a beacon of light, teaching people of all genders and races how to respect one another’.
In a statement after his ban by Meta, Mr Tate denied he held misogynistic views and accused his critics of ‘twisting facts’.
He said: ‘It is very unfortunate that old videos of me, where I was playing a comedic character, have been taken out of context and amplified to the point where people believe absolutely false narratives about me.
‘In the last two weeks I dedicated over one million dollars to charities supporting women. I posted this on Instagram, but Instagram ignored it.
‘Internet sensationalism has purported the idea that I’m anti-women when nothing could be further from the truth.
‘This is simply hate mobs who are uninterested in the facts of the matter trying to personally attack me. They twist facts and produce fancy documents full of half truths and lies to attack people they don’t like.
‘I will always have millions of fans around the world and my platform would be a beacon of light, teaching people of all genders and races how to respect one another for years to come. Now these fans can not learn important lessons of love. Why?
‘With my Instagram page, I began to prove all of the negative narratives false and show the world tolerance. My fans would follow in my footsteps of tolerance and love and the world would become a better place.
‘I was even instructing all of my supporters to be respectful in discourse against those who do not like me. My fans would respectfully and logically reply to death threats. Hate doesn’t fix anything. Love does.
‘I was receiving over 10,000 death threats a day on the platform. Instagram ignored it. Somehow I am the villain, when all of my posts were bible verses and charitable donations. Banning me only inspires more internet hate mobs and more division. This will become a weapon of attack for different points of view for the foreseeable future.
‘Instagram allowing me to return to educate the youth of today on the importance of respect for one another is the most powerful thing they could do.
‘I have nothing but positivity to spread regarding all PEOPLE, whether male OR female, and this has been reflected in all of my recent messaging and posts.
‘I am a mixed race man raised by a single mother. I suffered all of the disadvantages of the old world. I am a fantastic role model for all people, both male and female.’
In a statement given to Bloomberg, a YouTube spokesman said that channels associated with Mr Tate had been removed because of ‘multiple violations’ of YouTube’s community guidelines and terms of service, including its hate speech policy.
‘If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels,’ the statement said.
Online safety and anti-hate campaign groups said they had been warning of the dangers of Mr Tate’s online commentary for some time, noting that videos of him were often widely re-shared by his followers and supporters, and urged social media platforms to go beyond just banning personal or linked accounts he was known to use.
Videos of and about Mr Tate, often posted and re-shared by others, had become increasingly popular on YouTube and TikTok in particular – a hashtag of Mr Tate’s name on TikTok has received more than 13billion views, leading campaigners to call for further action to be taken to stop the spread of what it says is dangerous content.
Ruth Davison, chief executive of women’s safety charity Refuge, said Meta had made the ‘right decision’ in banning Mr Tate from its channels.
‘This is the kind of decisive action needed to tackle the online radicalisation of young men towards a violently misogynistic worldview,’ she said.
‘The same kind of action is now needed outside of high-profile cases like this – we know that women are experiencing stalking, harassment and abuse online every day, often without so much as a response from social media companies.’
Rattled Andrew Tate posts bizarre rant mocking Greta Thunberg’s ‘hate-filled face’ and saying she is a ‘slave of the matrix’ after climate activist humiliated him with ‘small d**k energy’ jibe
Andrew Tate has been humiliated yet again over his second pathetic comeback after being savagely put down by teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg for his ‘small d*** energy’ in a Twitter row.
Social media motor-mouth Tate, who was banned from YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok over ‘toxic’ comments against women, has been branded the ’emperor of cringe’ after responding in video smoking a cigar and boasting about its emissions.
On Tuesday, the 36-year-old kickboxing world champion trolled the teenager for her environmental activism – in a move that backfired spectacularly.
Around ten hours after Miss Thunberg’s jibe, the ex-Big Brother star first responded furiously, asking ‘how dare you?!’ and then later thanking her for ‘confirming… that you have a small penis’, in what one Twitter user said was ‘the least alpha comeback I’ve ever seen!’
Andrew Tate (pictured) has been branded the ’emperor of cringe’ after further responding in video to Greta Thunberg smoking a cigar and boasting about its emissions
Tate had shared a photo on Twitter of himself fuelling up his Bugatti supercar and asking her to send him an email address so he could detail the ‘enormous emissions’ his gas-guzzling performance cars spewed out.
‘Hello Greta Thunberg. I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad-turbo. My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s. This is just the start. Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and its enormous emissions,’ boasted Tate.
Miss Thunberg rose to fame at the age of 15 for her work to combat the global ‘climate emergency’ and has met a number of world leaders.
Greta Thunberg, 19, accused Tate of having ‘small d**k energy’ following his tweet to her on Tuesday – in a response that sent her fans on social media into a frenzy
Dan Hett branded Andrew Tate the ’emperor of cringe’ after his latest outburst
At around 12.30pm yesterday afternoon, Tate snapped back at Miss Thunberg with the furious response: ‘How dare you?!’
She issued a brutal comeback in a tweet to her 4.9million followers at around 11am yesterday, saying: ‘Yes, please do enlighten me. email me at smalld***[email protected]’
The teenager’s quick-witted response sparked a social media storm, going viral within minutes – and garnering support from fans online.
Miss Thunberg’s tweet roasting Tate surpassed a total of a million likes in just seven hours – standing at nearly 1.9million likes as of 12.30am.
One user joked: ‘Hello. Yes, police please. I’d like to report the murder of Andrew Tate,’ with another sharing a gif of a stunned dog and saying: ‘Murder… in broad daylight.’
And around 9.30pm yesterday evening, nearly ten hours after Miss Thunberg’s viral comeback, Tate responded again, tweeting: ‘Thank you for confirming via your email address that you have a small penis @GretaThunberg.
‘The world was curious. And I do agree you should get a life [heart emoji].’
With the tweet he attached a video of him smoking a cigar dressed in a red robe.
After taking a puff from the cigar he boasted about its greenhouse gas emissions saying: ‘Releasing greenhouse gases.’
He continued: ‘I’m obviously a stranger to online controversy, it’s not something I often do.
‘But now the mainstream Press is commenting on the fact that I was informing Greta that my very extensive car collection – with internal combustion engines which run on dead dinosaurs – have an enormous emission profile.
‘And she responded by telling me her own email address. Greta’s email address is “I have small d*** energy”.
‘Why would that be your own email address, Greta? Strange,’ he asked the young activist.
He continued: ‘Obviously I don’t want to assume her gender, it’s 50/50. But it is what it is. I’m not actually mad at Greta. Please bring me pizza and make sure these boxes are not recycled.’
Tate then received two pizza boxes from someone off-camera and continued his bizarre rant, accusing her of being part of a fictional shadowy conspiracy called the ‘matrix’ – possibly in reference to the movie of the same name.
He said: ‘I’m not actually mad at Greta, right, because she doesn’t realise she’s been programmed.
‘She doesn’t realise she’s a slave of the matrix. She thinks she’s doing good.’
Others were quick to share memes and pictures of celebrities looking stunned as they mocked Tate, with another person telling Miss Thunberg: ‘Just when I thought I could not love you any more.’
During his attack on the teenager, Tate also shared a video of Greta speaking at the United Nations where she famously blasted world leaders by telling them ‘this is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here’.
But the clip had been edited and featured shots of Tate driving his supercars and boarding private jets.
At around 12.30pm yesterday afternoon, Tate snapped back at Miss Thunberg with the furious response: ‘How dare you?!’
This may be a reference to her famous speech to the 2019 UN climate summit, where Miss Thunberg furiously attacked world leaders and asked ‘how dare you?’
Notable comic book writer Mark Russell commented on the war of words, saying Tate’s response was: ‘Actually not a bad comeback for someone who’s been hit that many times in the head.’
Canadian Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti, known as ‘Keffals’, quipped, ‘you just got bodied by top g’, referencing the term Tate uses to refer to himself meaning ‘top gangster’.
In a nod to Tate’s kick-boxing career, Jesse Hawken wrote: ‘Nearly a million likes in under six hours, you got KOd by a teenaged girl.’
Yahoo Finance journalist Brian McGleenon said the response was ‘Priceless!!’ – adding a pinching hand emoji – and saying ‘@GretaThunberg delivers critical hit’.
And at around 6.20pm yesterday evening, he tweeted a bizarre update, seemingly boasting about growing his own vegetables and keeping chickens.
Tate wrote: ‘I got beans greens potatoes tomatoes lambs rams hogs dogs chicken turkey rabbits YOU NAME IT’.
And around 9.30pm yesterday evening, nearly ten hours after Miss Thunberg’s viral comeback, Tate responded again, tweeting: ‘Thank you for confirming via your email address that you have a small penis @GretaThunberg’
Tate says in the video: ‘Please bring me pizza and make sure these boxes are not recycled’
Presenter and political commentator Matthew Stadlen said Greta Thunberg had ‘owned’ Tate
Tate then went on to falsely claim that climate change is caused by ‘the sun being hot’, whereas it is actually due to increased levels of greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide – in the atmosphere, causing Earth to retain more heat.
‘Someone has sat her down and convinced her to try to convince you to beg your government to tax you into poverty to stop the sun from being hot,’ he continued in his two minute rambling.
And, perhaps unwilling to accept that people online do not like what he has to say, he said: ‘And then because I called her out on it, the global matrix got this bot farm to like and retweet – and all this bot commenting – to try and pretend that her telling me that she has a small d*** in her own email address somehow teaches me a lesson.’
‘Welcome to a new episode of the clown show,’ Tate declared as he lifted his arms.
‘But now I know at least that Greta, with her little hate filled faced – bitter, sitting somewhere without the heating on in the cold with a little hat, shivering – views my tweets, which is going to make my Twitter account far more fun into eternity.’
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi felt that Tate didn’t understand Miss Thunberg’s joke
Twitter users were not impressed with Tate’s latest failed comeback at Miss Thunberg, with games writer Dan Hett saying: ‘Oh my god you are literally the emperor of cringe.
‘Ten hours to formulate a clap back, and this is what your superior intellect could put together, loooool.’
Actor Jon Campling wrote: ‘Dear Oh dear Andrew, that’s the least “Alpha” comeback I think I’ve ever seen… And it took you 10 hours BWAAAAHAAAAHAAAAA.’
Many Twitter users were similarly unimpressed by the amount of time it took Tate to respond with such an unimpressive comeback as actor Lenny Jacobson, known for sci-fi TV drama For All Mankind, wrote: ‘Not sure what’s more embarrassing.. This response or that it took you 10 hours to come up with it.’
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi felt that Tate didn’t understand Miss Thunberg’s joke, saying: ‘I’ll explain the joke to you…it is not her actual email address. It was just a message to you.
‘Simply writing “get a life, pencil d**k” wouldn’t have been as entertaining.
‘YOUR tweet was pure spite, SHE deployed intelligence and a sense of fun. Because she is smarter than you.’
And Matt Ortega wrote: ‘First time I’ve seen a kickboxer get knocked out without any thrown punches or kicks.’
Daily Star journalist Adam Cailler tweeted: ‘This is like all of the worst WWE promos in history rolled into one horrific ball of mess.’
Presenter and political commentator Matthew Stadlen wrote: ‘Greta has rattled Andy so hard that he’s got dressed in a dressing gown and staged himself receiving pizza.
Not a fan of the word ‘owned’. But I’ll make an exception for Andy, who has been emphatically owned.’
One Twitter user simply called the video ‘pure cringe’.
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