It’s a normal day, and after you finish your work, you’re back to scrolling through Instagram. You laugh at a few fashion runways, a Corgi Puppy that won’t stop twerking, and an endearing couple that makes you feel unabashedly single.
In the middle of that comes a video where a bald white man, wearing embossed sunglasses, reminds you of the dystopian trajectory this world often seems to take.
Aggressively, the man calls women property, casually pronouncing: “My sister belongs to her husband.”
It makes your blood boil, but you scroll back, into the escapist abyss of Instagram Reels, and after about seven or eight short clips, he’s back again, this time quoting, “Women don’t understand how the world works” while brags about f***ing h**s.”
This time you let the anger get the best of you, and instead of avoiding the cigar-chewing homophobe, you try to find the name of this pinnacle of misogyny. You find his name in that same Instagram caption, but what surprises you deep down is that the people in the comments massively agree with this someone named Andrew Tate.
It’s not a surprise, after all. If the world were much better, the marginalized sectors would still not be fighting for their basic existential rights. So you decide to move on with your life. But Instagram Reels can’t stop recommending your content, can they?
I thought of Tate as another chauvinist who couldn’t imagine women taking control of their bodies and owning their independence, someone who couldn’t stand the fact that people acknowledged their sexuality instead of suffocating to fit in.
But he wasn’t your typical judgmental neighbor. He was so much more, so much more.
Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer, rose to fame on the reality show Big Brother, from which he was written off after a video of him punching a woman went viral. In the video, he pulled a woman’s hair, brutally assaulted her with a belt, and while she screamed, he insulted her.
Apparently Tate is here to reclaim his masculinity. What better way to do it than to assault women, right Tate?
“Slap, Slap, Grab, Choke, Shut Up Bitch, Sex” is how Tate teaches his audience, made up mostly of young men, how to treat women. Calling her recitation a “How to Rape Guide” will not be an exaggeration.
One day, then, I saw Matt Bernstein’s Instagram story and saw some of the most controversial statements made by him. In one of her videos, Tate quotes: “The reason 18 and 19 year olds are more attractive than 25 year olds is that they’ve been through less d***s and she’s fresh to make a mark.” “. in.”
Tate also believes that giving a man CPR to save his life would make him ‘gay’. According to Tate, “He’s too smart to read a book, but if he had incorporated little reading into his life, he probably would know that CPR doesn’t change sexualities. Or maybe, the masculinity of the likes of Tate is so fragile that they have to resort to beating up women or bullying people for their sexuality to keep their body and soul in tandem.
I remember saying to myself, why the hell hasn’t this man been banned from social media yet? The answer I already knew. Why would social media ban a person whose content is rigorously viewed and shared? Tate had become an idol. The next Hunter Moore, perhaps, and the horrible part was that young people, typically high school students, followed him around as he subconsciously corroded their minds.
After Matt posted about him, he received immense hate from Tate’s followers. He received messages like: “Cancelling Andrew won’t work, fuck you and all your LGBTQ. They abused him and sent him nasty audio notes like “Be Like Tate”, “Man-Up” and “F*** You, Cunt”.
Tate is charged with sexual accusations against him and has himself stated that the reason he moved to Romania was that the police there are less likely to investigate a sexual offense than their American counterparts.
Instagram and Facebook, the social media giants quick enough to ban women from appropriating their bodies, have finally come to their senses and banned self-proclaimed “misogynist” Andrew Tate.
Now, to an extent unable to pollute young minds and spread homophobia, former kickboxer, Tate, who is very fond of throwing shadows, can now cast different shadows on all of his Bugattis. Jumping on the bandwagon, Tik Tok also banned the former kickboxer.
According to developments, it was removed from the platform for violating the Dangerous Organizations and Individuals Meta Policies.” He had already been banned from Twitter after he declared in 2017: “Rape victims are responsible for their attack.” In one of his videos, he further says: “I am a realist and when you are a realist you are sexist. There is no way you can be rooted in reality and not be sexist.”
Due to social media, Tate’s problematic attributes were pushed aside by his image as a self-help guru and coach. He ran an online program called Hustler’s University, where he supposedly taught kids ways to make it in life. Misogyny, homophobia and rape guides, which he gave for free.
In a world where people are still fighting for their existence, where conversations about sexuality and gender are still not mainstream, people like Tate accentuate the problem. In an era where young people should be educated about kindness, diversity, where LGBTQIA inclusion should be part of his curriculum, their young minds were being corrupted by people like him.
Here’s the thing, especially for the likes of Tate and the defenders. Absolutely no one is stealing your masculinity from you. What we are trying to say is that a Man does not become a Man by telling women that they are his property. If his masculinity depends on proclaiming women his property, if his sense of authority finds independent women an abstruse concept to grasp, then the problem lies in his narrow spectrum of masculinity.
You can have your soccer fields, your kickboxing drills, and your lacrosse. It’s fun. But that doesn’t mean that if a young man isn’t a sports fan, he should question his entire existence. The fact that you like fashion magazines and glamor shouldn’t seem like a sin to you.
In addition, it is not freedom of expression when you publicly call women property, you promulgate that women should be drowned and silenced, that they belong in kitchens and your freedom of expression when you feed hate must bring a consequence.
It is non-negotiable that the social media giants are aware of the content they show to their users. It shouldn’t require destroyed lives to take its lessons.