Boxer turned infamous podcaster Andrew Tate was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal group in December 2023. Suddenly, the fate of his Bugatti that he frequently bragged about on social media hung in the balance. Today, he was moved from detention to house arrest in Romania. The initial arrest came from after video that revealed his location in Romania that was posted in response to environmental activist Greta Thunberg virally criticizing him.
#BREAKING: Andrew Tate and his brother have been released from prison and will instead be placed under house arrest. pic.twitter.com/vHqT8M8Sfq
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) March 31, 2023
Tate is a massively controversial media figure due to his “Tate Speech” podcast, which gained traction online in the summer and fall of 2022, particularly among young men. Tate frequently professed views that many felt displayed misogynistic viewpoints, and even encouraged violent behaviors against women.
Countless teachers came forward on TikTok to discuss the dangers of young men having access to such extreme viewpoints on social media platforms, and the negative impacts it has had on their female identifying classmates. The widespread backlash on Tate’s podcast resulted in a ban from TikTok and Instagram in September 2022.
We love to talk about how great gen z is but teachers are having to actively fight against Andrew Tate every day
Tate’s move to house arrest came as a result of his appeal to the Bucharest court of appeals, which challenged a judge’s decision last week to extend his arrest a fourth time. Tate has British and U.S. citizenship, as does his brother Tristan Tate, who has been detained alongside him as well for their alleged roles organized crime in Romania. Two unnamed women were also involved in the alleged scheme.
As of today, all four involved await an official indictment, and are to remain under house arrest until April 29. Fans of Tate are rejoicing at his release from detainment, while critics urge the public to remember that an indictment could still be imminent, and that he technically has not been released.
TOP G IS OUT 🥂🍾 #AndrewTate #FreeTopG pic.twitter.com/UQS2BnNXOv
— ramencat (@ramencatuk) March 31, 2023
“Top G”, Tate’s nickname, trends on Twitter amid the mixed social media reactions to Tate’s transfer to house arrest.
"THEY FREED THE TOP G"
TOP G: pic.twitter.com/5jcesQbdPj
— Gxr (@Ngvbe_50) March 31, 2023
“Top g is free” pic.twitter.com/VHBgtnIgkC
— Pickle 🥒🐐 (@MCFC_Pickle) March 31, 2023
Activists urge the internet to stop giving Tate a platform for his hateful views, should he wind up being cleared of charges.
“Top G” and “Tates” are trending because misogynist fraud Andrew Tate & his brother got out of prison and are in a halfway house.
Tate is who incels think they want to be — so Tate charges them $150/month to watch videos of him preen about in fancy cars.https://t.co/lCDX4gNAJE
— Jim Stewartson, Anti-disinfo activist 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@jimstewartson) March 31, 2023
Many of the memes reference incels, an online community comprised of young men who describe themselves as “involuntarily celibate”, and frequently call for violence against women.
“TOP G IS BACK” pic.twitter.com/WGRFmBLMnc
— zara ✮ (@zarao_o) March 31, 2023
Andrew Tate is not free, despite what some fans are spreading on Twitter. Should Tate and his brother be indicted and charged prior to April 29, a trial could be next.