ANDREW Tate, a former professional kickboxer, has been banned from Facebook, YouTube and TikTok after fears grew about the impact his comments were having on his audience.
Tate first rose to prominence in 2016 for his appearance on Big Brother, which allowed him to launch an online platform many called cruel and misogynistic.
He was removed from Big Brother after video surfaced of him allegedly hitting a woman with a belt, which he has denied.
The controversial commentator has previously claimed that raped women are at least partly to blame, mocked those seeking psychiatric treatment and detailed how he would threaten a woman with a machete if she accused him of cheating.
He also said that by following his message and courses, people will become rich enough to look down on people who drink non-carbonated water.
In response to the bans, Tate, 35, used YouTuber Jake Paul’s account to respond.
Rather than profess his extreme views, Tate said he’s “a victim of my own success” and doesn’t care if people hate him.
An uncompromising Tate said: “People try to find every little snippet of everything I’ve ever said, remove all of the tonality and blow it up to get views and be as controversial as possible.
“This has led the media to believe something about me that is so aptly false based on videos I never made, allegedly, rushed and promoted by people I don’t even know.”
Before the bans, Tate grew 4.6 million Instagram followers and 740,000 YouTube subscribers, with additional major followers on TikTok and Twitch.
Google searches for Tate’s name have boomed over the summer.
Tate has come under fire for his comments about violence and women.
“It swings out the machete, bangs in her face, and grabs her by the throat. Shut up, bitch,” he said in a video, according to the Guardian, in which he detailed how he would attack a woman if she accused him of cheating.
Tate also described throwing a woman’s belongings out a window and called his ex-girlfriend, whom he claims he hasn’t hit, a “dumb hoe”.
Big Brother eviction
In 2016, Tate was removed from the reality TV show Big Brother after video surfaced that appeared to show him attacking a woman with a belt – footage he claimed was edited.
Tate was reportedly filmed calling his ex-girlfriend a “whore”, hitting her with a belt and telling her to count her bruises.
Tate claimed the actions in the video were consensual and that he and the woman are still friends.
He later posted a video of a woman claiming to be his ex, who confirmed that was the case.
Tate was permanently banned from Twitter in 2017 after saying in response to the #MeToo movement that women who have been sexually assaulted should “have some responsibility”.
He also claims he’s dated women as young as 18 to 19 because he can “make an impression on them,” according to the Guardian.
In a previous interview with another YouTuber, Tate admitted that he was “an absolute misogynist.”
Tate claimed he was playing “a comedic character” and that his videos were “taken out of context.”
He said: “Internet sensationalism has spread the idea that I’m misogynistic, when nothing could be further from the truth.
“These are just hate mobs who don’t care about the facts of the matter and are trying to attack me personally.
“I have nothing but positivity to spread towards all PEOPLE, male OR female, and this is reflected in all of my recent messages and posts.”
During a July interview with Barstool Sports podcast “BFFs,” Tate opened up about his belief in treating women as property.
“I’m not saying they’re owned,” he said.
“I say they are given to the man and belong to the man.”
Mental health mockery
In September 2017, Tate tweeted that depression “isn’t real.”
The backlash from several mental health organizations was swift.
According to The New York Times, Tate appeared on Mike Cernovich’s podcast, which promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
He has also appeared on the Alex Jones Infowars podcast and was pictured with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower, according to the Guardian.
allegations of abuse
According to a 2018 interview, Tate said a woman slapped his phone out of his hand at a nightclub and a man punched him, the Guardian reports.
He said that during the commotion he accidentally hit a woman and broke her jaw, the outlet reported.
Tate also said he was under investigation by police for allegedly molesting a woman and claimed his home was searched and his devices confiscated.
He also claimed that he was held in a cell for two days.
According to the Guardian, he was fleeing the UK for Romania at the time, claiming it was easier to evade a rape allegation there.
“I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of being able to do whatever I want. I like being free,” he reportedly said.
In April this year, he and his brother’s villa was searched by Romanian police after the US embassy gave them a tip that a 21-year-old American woman was being held there against her will, the Guardian reported.
The brothers were interrogated but released and denied wrongdoing.
According to the news agency, investigations into human trafficking and rape are ongoing.
According to Rolling Stone, Tate and his brother Tristan reportedly recruited girls to join a webcam modeling program by using sob stories to entice men into giving money.
He reportedly keeps most of the money made by women.
Tate himself has called the deal a “total scam,” according to multiple outlets.
Hope Not Hate, a UK NGO that recently launched a petition to remove Tate from the platform, said in a statement: “The effect Tate’s brand of caustic misogyny can have on young male audiences is deeply concerning.
“His content is widely acclaimed by his fans for bringing back ‘traditional masculinity.’ However, we also know that misogyny can be a gateway to other extreme and discriminatory views.”
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