In case you’ve been seeing the name “Andrew Tate” all over your feed, you might be wondering who everyone is talking about and why it matters. Tate, an influencer and former kickboxer, recently gained notoriety after spewing misogynistic beliefs that are often reposted on several apps, but most popularly, TikTok.
The influencer is known now as a self-help guru, known for his online program “Hustlers Program” where users can either buy to become a member or have an affiliate link that can gift users money to be used for the program. Many do this by clipping videos of Tate and reposting to TikToks to get the word out about the program and the link in their bio, explaining the sudden influx of videos of Tate. But, after spewing several examples of classic misogyny, Tate has been removed from Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok for violating community policies.
Examples of misogyny rhetoric spewed from Tate includes saying women should “have kids, sit at home, be quiet and make coffee.” His fans, who even declare him the “king of toxic masculinity,” state the dislike for Tate comes from a hatred of traditional masculinity and Tate’s quest to bring it back. Those against Tate, however, say it has to do with the repeated statements of misogyny.
I didn't know who Andrew Tate was but my 12yo son did.
Parents, they're coming for your boys. They market misogyny and racism to cishet white boys, in a package that seems appealing. Talk to your kids, have hard conversations. It's important.
— The Bard 💗💜💙 (@Dragonfly_Darcy) August 20, 2022
In an article from NPR, TikTok says “Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove violative accounts and videos, and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content.” Although some fans are hoping Tate will be reinstated to the apps, many are glad that this might restrict the amount of content from Tate being reposted.
andrew tate obv didn’t invent misogyny but had no issue becoming its online face as he skyrocketed to fame over the last few months. ofc social media platforms were going to use him as an example to act like they’re doing something even tho they directly contribute to the problem
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) August 20, 2022
“So great to see Andrew Tate de-platformed. Speech that incites violence against women is not free speech, it’s hate speech. Misogyny that endangers the safety of women. It has no place. Anywhere. Anytime. Good riddance,” Kon Karapanagiotidi said on Twitter, who was just one example of people relieved to see his accounts banned.