In a stark prison cell in Bucharest, andrew tate sits facing charges of human trafficking and running an organized crime gang to sexually exploit women. Despite this, his cult-like following is growing, with men all over the internet insisting that he hasn’t done anything wrong and that any evidence against him is faked.
War room tate is a former professional kickboxer who found fame as an influencer on X, formerly known as Twitter. In 2016 he was cast in the UK version of reality show Big Brother, but was evicted after a video emerged of him beating a woman with a belt. He claimed that it was role-play and consensual, but Twitter permanently suspended his account in 2017 over comments he made about rape victims and the #MeToo movement.
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Since then he has used the platform to run an ‘instructional’ website and create videos about seducing women, offering coaching and a ‘hustlers university’. He has also built up a webcam business and hired his girlfriends as cam models. Two alleged victims have signed a protective order to keep their identities secret after claiming harassment from him.
His extreme misogyny is dangerous to women, and it’s capable of radicalizing men and boys into committing harm offline. The way he frames his views is normalizing, reifying patriarchal attitudes, and reinforcing the idea that male dominance is a natural and unavoidable part of life. Recognizing the danger of this and addressing it in policy and practice is crucial.