UMM…. WHO EXACTLY IS ANDREW TATE?
Andrew Tate is a social media influencer loved and hated by our teens. To give you an idea of his reach, TATE was googled more often than TRUMP and COVID 19 in 2020. He has gained a significant following on platforms like Instagram and Twitter, where he shares his opinions on various topics, from vaping to gay relationships, the role of women in the world, why he would be a good next president and rape culture to name a few
WHO WAS HE BEFORE HE WAS A SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER?
Andrew Tate ‘progressed’ to TV fame on British Big Brother. He was removed from the show after a video clip showed him hitting on of the woman on the show with a belt!! He claimed it was consensual. Despite him being taken off the show, he was already adored by many teens and so he flawlessly sailed into building a very financially successful webcam modelling company. The webcam models sold fake sob stories to male callers and he claimed to have made millions off the sympathy factor
WHY DO TEENS LOVE HIM?
Teen world is divided two groups – those who love him and those who despise him. Either way, Andrew Tate’s rise to social media fame can be attributed his confident unapologetic and very politically incorrect persona.
WHY DO TEENS HATE HIM?
Andrew Tate’s controversial statements and actions have also led to significant backlash and controversy. He has been accused of promoting toxic masculinity and misogyny,
SO WHAT KIND OF CONTROVERSY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Tate, bless him, has been know to say that women can’t drive, that they belong in the home, and easily and frequently refers to women as “sluts” and “whores.” He suggests that women should be subservient to men and know their place.
He has stated that depression is a “fake illness” and that people who claim to be depressed are just looking for attention.
He has suggested that men should use violence to get what they want and has promoted the idea of “alpha male” behaviour.
Tate has made comments that suggest he believes in the superiority of the white race and has been accused of promoting white nationalism.
He has defended rape culture, claiming that women want to get raped when they dress in a particular way.
To top it all in 2022, Tate came under fire for allegedly promoting human trafficking on social media and ULTIMATELY WAS ARRESTED FOR HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING!! Yes you read that right, HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
HOW DID HE USE OUR TEENS TO MAKE REALLY BIG MONEY?
Tate became highly prominent in 2022 by encouraging members of the so called Hustler’s University to post large numbers of videos of him to social media platforms in an effort to maximize engagement. Our teens obliged in droves! The only person who really made bank out that exercise was, of course, TATE.
SOME WONDERFUL TWITTER MOMENTS
In December 2022, Tate addressed the environmentalist Greta Thunberg in a tweet, shouting out that he was proud of his carbon-emitting sports cars . He asked for her email address to give her more information. Thunberg replied with the fake email address “email@example.com”. The exchange received substantial attention on Twitter, with Thunberg’s retort quickly becoming one of the most liked tweets ever.
Given how many of our teens have a bit of hero worship going for Andrew Tate, and given the real danger of supporting someone with his views, here are some conversation starters to get our teens thinking about how they are being used by people like TATE, why exactly they love him and perhaps most importantly, what impact people like this have on the world.
- Have you heard of Andrew Tate? What do you know about him?
- Why do you think Tate has so many male followers?
- Do you think Andrew Tate’s controversial statements are meant to be provocative and attention-grabbing and if so, how do you think he might be using YOU when he does this?
- Do you think Andrew Tate’s controversial statements are meant to be provocative and attention-grabbing and if so, how do you think he might be using YOU when he does this? (Help your teen to understand that when they engage with this, they are only driving HIS revenue return as the online engagement results in TATE being paid more when the algorithms show his ‘popularity’)
- Do you think toxic masculinity is real or just the imagination of angry women?
- What do you think about TATE’s recent arrest for human trafficking? (Many teens defend Tate here saying little evidence has been found to support his arrest, or that the women agreed to have sex with the men).
- In your opinion, has Tate ever used his power for good? (he once spoke out against the stupidity of vaping for example)
- Which other social media influencers do you think use their power for good?