If you’ve ever seen a video or a photo of Andrew Tate, then you’ve probably been impressed by his popularity among adolescent males. He is considered one of the most popular YouTubers and his fan-made videos have reached billions of views. The viral star has also made a name for himself in the conservative right-wing media. Some of his followers have accused him of human trafficking and of physical abuse of women. But he has also gained a legion of fans from the populist conservatives.
Despite being banned from some major social networking platforms, Andrew Tate’s rise has not slowed. In fact, it has only helped him build his brand, which includes his willingness to make politically incorrect statements. For instance, he once retweeted a poem by a now-deleted poet.
Tate’s popularity among young men is driven by anti-wokeness. Unlike adults, teenagers are more impressionable, and are more likely to gravitate to extreme masculinity. It may be that they aren’t exposed to as many ideas as they should.
Feminists, on the other hand, have long been advocates for children and domestic violence victims. However, the feminist movement has come under fire recently for its role in the creation of misogynists. They’ve also been accused of treating men as though they have no emotions. This may be a result of their own attempts to feminize men.
Feminism teaches boys to suppress their masculine side. It also teaches them to be allies to the feminist cause. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to point the finger at feminism, rather than the real culprit.
Feminist ideologues have browbeat boys into resentment by making the false assumption that a boy can’t make his own decisions, or by putting them on the defensive when they have their own opinions. These messages, however, conceal a dangerous side. As a result, there’s a risk of a teenager who thinks he can become a rapist. And, if a teenage boy is resentful of feminism, it’s easy for him to fall into the trap of bigotry.
Likewise, a lack of traditionally masculine role models may be a reason why Tate is so successful. One teacher even developed a simple diagram to illustrate the point.
Andrew Tate is a con artist. The internet personality was once a kick boxing world champion, and his rise in popularity was not unrelated to his misogynist and narcissistic persona. Even before TikTok fame, Tate made a habit of saying things that smack of sexism and misogyny. During a recent docuseries on Netflix, Tate lashed out at Meghan Markle, claiming she was a “feminist hack.”
Regardless of whether Andrew Tate is guilty of anything, his message is harmful to young men. The popularity of this YouTuber has caused a great deal of concern for parents and educators. Many have claimed that the misogynist aspects of his message have not only been effective, but have been used as a way to lure adolescent boys into his camp.
Tate’s gender narcissism is all about rights. His message deflects attention away from conservative economic policies. Essentially, he’s selling conservatism as rebellious.