Andrew Tate: Why is misogynistic content so popular online?

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Andrew Tate was arrested with his brother Tristan (back) following a search at his home in Bucharest on 29 December.

Andrew Tate, a controversial British-American influencer who was arrested in Romania for human trafficking, organized crime and rape, describes himself as “totally misogynist”, adding that “there is no way to belong in reality without being sexist “.

But the 36-year-old former kickboxer, who shot to global internet fame, is certainly not alone in expressing misogynistic views on social media platforms.

But unlike many others, Tate has millions of virtual fans on these platforms. He is part of a group of influencers who have gained popularity, or rather widespread fame, by advocating the reduction of women’s existence to mere subservience to men. Videos with the hashtag #AndrewTate on TikTok alone have garnered over 12.7 billion views, including videos made by people criticizing Andrew Tate using the same hashtag.

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