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“As a man, trauma and difficulty are extremely important because they are the building blocks for mental fortitude and physical fortitude.”
You would think that whoever said this sounds pretty inspirational, no? Well, as the world tells it, nothing is that simple.
Emory Andrew Tate III, born Dec. 14, 1986, is an American-British Internet personality and former professional kickboxer. Following his kickboxing career, Tate began offering paid courses and memberships through his website and later rose to fame following a move to influencer marketing.
Now for those of you that are living under a rock, I am sorry to tell you that Tate’s encouraging words are misguided and come from a persona that he created to convince people that his ideology is justified and correct.
So what exactly is his ideology and how does he promote it to his young audience?
Well, Tate believes that all women belong at home, can not drive, and are a man’s property. Tate’s comments on women having multiple partners have also attracted controversy, further building on his other misogynistic comments.
“Read the Bible, every single man had multiple wives, and not a single woman had multiple husbands. It is against the will of God—it is disgusting,” Tate stated on the podcast BFFs.
Tate has even made disparaging comments about people who suffer from depression: “Then [people] pretend they caught some disease to absolve all responsibility. ‘It is not my fault I am sad.’ Yes, it is. People will do anything to absolve responsibilities. ‘It is not my fault I am poor, sad, fat, or stupid.’ Yes, it is. ”
Pretty terrifying right? It gets worse: on one occasion, Tate states that “rape victims must ‘bear responsibility for their attacks.” He also proclaims to only date women aged 18-19 because he can “make an imprint” on them.
This misogynistic commentary has resulted in Tate being banned on various social media platforms with Tik Tok, Instagram, and Twitch among them. Even so, Tate is more dangerous than we can imagine as his hateful narrative and rhetoric can negatively affect impressionable young viewers, influencing them to believe in and spread Tate’s medieval-age mindset.
Because despite the fact that Tate’s bigoted beliefs are extreme, he still accumulated millions of brainwashed, loyal followers on social media that defend him at any opportunity. But how could Tate’s following have grown so much?
Well, at the beginning of his career as an influencer, Tate made videos about big names on social media like Logan Paul and KSI on his YouTube channel Holy Grail, calling out and bringing attention to their dark pasts. He also went on several podcasts where he spoke about how a man’s suffering and trauma are the foundations for higher mental fortitude. even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson quoted him a couple of times.
These factors combined have brought Tate a lot of fame. This is a huge problem as Tate’s popularity has brought a surge of misogynists to the forefront of social media now that they are unafraid to express their views. Even Internet personality Jake Paul, Logan Paul’s brother, admitted that Tate is probably the most powerful man on earth at this moment. “Believe it or not, the [stuff] that Andrew Tate is saying will have a ripple effect much more dangerous than you can imagine,” Paul said.
At the end of the day, Tate remains a major threat to susceptible young people. So if you have a friend who has been “Tate pilled,” talk to them. Maybe you can convince them that Andrew Tate does not have the best intentions so as to leave this cycle of hate behind.