The History Of Andrew Tate's Controversial Behavior
The former professional kickboxer's long history of misogynistic, racist, and sexist comments have gotten him banned on multiple social platforms.
Former professional kickboxer and British-American internet personality Andrew Tate, whose full name is Emory Andrew Tate III, has been banned from Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube for violating multiple terms of service.
The 35-year-old Chicago native has had a long history of “hot takes” grounded in misogyny, and has been the target of several social media activists for months.
“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok," a spokesperson for the platform told BuzzFeed. "Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove violative accounts and videos, and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content."
Tate has said women belong in the home, shouldn’t be permitted to drive, and are a man’s property, according to reporting by The Guardian. He has also said rape victims “bear responsibility” for their attacks and has boasted about hitting and choking women.
“It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face, and grip her by the neck. Shut up b*tch,” he said in one video, acting out a scenario of what would happen if a woman accused him of cheating.
Tate believes his ban from multiple social media platforms was due to his “traditional masculine values,” the New York Post reported.
“They banned me simply because I had large swaths of the population agreeing to very traditional masculine values,” he said during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Today. “I have a very traditionally masculine life. I have fast cars and a big house and a lot of money and a beautiful girlfriend, and they thought this was very, very threatening.”
“And for some reason, they decided that it’s better if they annihilate me from the internet and replace me with somebody who’s more aligned with whatever they’re trying to purport,” Tate continued.
Here is a short history of some of the scandals involving Andrew Tate.
He was ejected from Celebrity Big Brother UK after a video surfaced of him beating a woman.
After his career as a professional kickboxer, Andrew Tate came back to the limelight when he joined the cast of Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2016. According to TAB, he was ejected, after seven days in the house, when a pornographic video of him beating a woman with a belt surfaced.
Tate claimed the video was altered and the sex was consensual. In a Facebook post he wrote: “The video The Sun will release is me hitting a girl with a belt. They edited out ALL of the laughing and joking and it’s felt! They are pretending I beat her up when we were joking and the belt made noise but didn’t hurt! They cut all laughing.”
At the height of the #MeToo movement, Tate said women are part to blame for being raped.
In 2017, when dozens of allegations were made against Harvey Weinstein, Tate fired off a thread of tweets about sexual harassment and rape, according to Metro UK.
In one tweet he wrote, “Sexual harassment is disgusting and inexcusable. However a man looking at you or whistling at you or asking your name isn’t harassment.”
Another reading, “Secondly – harvey. Creep? Obviously. But women have been exchanging sex for opportunity for a very long time. Some did this. Weren’t abused.”
“Of course now they will say they were abused. However at the time it was a simple exchange they partook in voluntarily. Not all. But some.’
Tate then tweeted: “Next point, if you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bare some responsibility. I’m not saying it’s OK you got raped.”
“No woman should be abused regardless. However with sexual assault they want to put zero blame on the victim whatsoever.”
This account has since been deleted or suspended.
His Romanian mansion was raided under suspicion a woman was being held against her will.
In April 2022, the U.S. Embassy received a tip that a 21-year-old American woman was being held against her will at a mansion in Romania, which Tate shares with his brother, according to The Guardian. The Tates were released after no wrongdoing was found but Romanian authorities told the news outlet that an investigation into human trafficking and rape allegations was ongoing.
To further suspicion, Tate posted a video saying his reasoning for moving from the UK to Romania was to evade rape charges easier.
In a now-deleted YouTube video he proclaims this is “probably 40% of the reason” he moved there. “I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free.”