Column: Andrew Tate is a whiny internet groomer

If Andrew Tate is someone’s ideal of masculinity, then we’re in more trouble than I thought.

Despite all the misogyny, racism, homophobia, and classicism that the kickboxing champion and internet huckster has made his trademark, he’s just such a whiner.

Serious. Every time something goes wrong in Tate’s life — like when he was kicked off all mainstream social media platforms last year for saying, among other things, that women have “a certain responsibility” for being raped , or when he and his brother Tristan were arrested in Romania in connection with human trafficking and rape allegations, he whines that there is an interplanetary conspiracy against him.

He apparently thought (and I know this because he told podcaster James English) that anything goes in ancient Romania. He moved there from the UK five years ago, he said, partly because he was sick of countries where women could accuse men of assault and rape and be believed.

As it turns out, Romania is also one of those countries. Not that he sees it that way. “The Matrix attacked me,” Tate said as he was escorted out of his home.

It’s correct. Andrew Tate, a self-proclaimed alpha male who believes that anyone who isn’t rich is a loser and that women should never try to compete with men, doesn’t even have the guts to come up with his own conspiracy theory. Instead, he stole it from a series of films. It just has to be added that they were made by two trans women.

But then exploiting women is Tate’s profession. In public, he’s busy turning anxious or disaffected young men into misogynist narcissists while earning their money through the self-promoting, albeit well-named, online earn-more-now program, Hustler’s University.

But his fame and reputed fortune rest on the physical and otherwise abuse of women.

In 2016, he was kicked out of Big Brother when a video surfaced in which he appeared to be beating a woman with a belt and verbally abusing her. (He later said it was a consensual activity edited to make him look bad.) Then he and his brother started a webcam business, where women would tell sob stories to men, who they would then pay for. Tate told English at the time, “I was a pimp.” (A webcam deal may actually have spawned the recent Romanian investigation.)

At one point he decided that the Matrix was real and that he was the only person who could lead his (male) followers into the “real world” where they would rule by subjugating women and making big bucks from the internet.

Well, no money “earn”. As he himself explains, only governments can “make” money; the rest of us just “take” it.

He himself takes money from his fans through Hustlers University, a $49-a-month get-rich-quick program that “teaches” men how to break the matrix and big bucks through Amazon side gigs, freelance copywriting and of course to earn the internet -cam pimp.

Oh, and also by editing and posting videos of Tate explaining why he’s the only person who understands “the real world.”

It’s one of the reasons so many Tate videos make their way into the feeds of so many young men. And then why so many boys and young men are beginning to echo Tate’s brand of toxic masculinity online and offline.

If it sounds crazy that a “Big Brother” reject-turned-cam pimp turned schemer would be anything but a cautionary tale, there’s one thing Tate is really good at: young men with a hypnotic concoction from Alpha to follow in his footsteps. male fantasy and adolescent “stop telling me what to do mommy” complaint.

Tate blatantly takes on the paranoia of white men that has fueled a rise in racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and transphobia (not to mention the January 6 riot) and provokes rigorously and relentlessly. When he’s not playing his money, his cars, his abs, and his cigars, or talking about his fitness routine, or all the millionaires he’s writing, he’s whining endlessly about how tough it is for men, about how people make the world – the matrix – do not understand – enslaves them.

His rage — which is just a wail when the volume is turned up — is aimed at young men who feel confused, angry, or undervalued. Young men are easily persuaded that a diverse, just and tolerant society deprives them of their status, that their behavior is not censored because it is abusive or violent, but because it is masculine.

Young men who also want cash, cars, abs and cigars and believe Tate when he says they can have all of these things and more by rejecting 21st century social norms.

Before he was kicked off most social media platforms, many parents, educators, women and unbrainwashed young men expressed concern that Tate’s ruthless male supremacy was marking a boiling point in the manosphere – online male communities that embrace sexism, including violence against women, promote. (One of the first notable groups to be hosted on Reddit was the Red Pill, another reference to the “Matrix,” so Tate might not have taken his conspiracy theory from the movies; he could have just gotten it from Reddit.)

Though Tate poses as a superhuman prophet, the only thing that sets him apart from other manosphere nags is his ability to capitalize on the scroll-dependent, short attention span of social media. Young men who might not have stomached his 30-minute (often contradictory) diatribes simply loved the snappy quotes that fueled the us-versus-them social media paradigm.

Predatory behavior takes many forms online: non-consensual webcam conversations; Requests for nude photos, which are then shared; adults posing as teenagers to engage in exploitative and illegal “relationships”; Revenge Porn.

But there is also psychological exploitation that can lure a young person into a terrorist cell, steal their identity, or turn ordinary insecurities into paranoid delusions that women (or Jews, or immigrants, or whoever) are the enemy.

That’s what Andrew Tate has been doing and benefiting from over the years. Elon Musk recently approved this again on Twitter.

But sometimes irony wins. Tate’s arrest might have slipped under the cultural radar if it hadn’t come so quickly after a brief Twitter war with climate activist Greta Thunberg.

A few days ago, Tate, who seems to genuinely hate women who stand for something, offered to email Thunberg a list of all his alleged sports cars and their emission levels. Thunberg told him he could reach her at smalld— Tate, of course, couldn’t let it go that way. He made a remarkably childish video to tell her that she was the one with the little D and that he wouldn’t recycle the two pizza boxes in front of him.

When he and his brother were arrested the next day, many people suspected that the labels on the pizza boxes had led Romanian police to his home.

It wasn’t true, but before he messed with Thunberg, a lot of people didn’t know who Tate was. Hence all those explainers on platforms including this one. Now let’s all watch. Not in a “Join Hustler’s University now!” way. More in a “wait, are you the guy following Andrew Tate‘ or ‘We didn’t give you a phone to look at this crap’.

On the other hand, Thunberg has given what Tate craves most: The final word: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”

If you’re looking for an actual definition of manhood, this is a pretty good one: Real Men Recycle. Column: Andrew Tate is a whiny internet groomer

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