Rape charities demand TikTok bans millionaire British ex-Big Brother influencer, 35, who is racking up millions of views for his ‘misogynistic’ ‘rape culture’ videos
- British influencer Andrew Tate, 35, accused of spreading misogynistic content
- Began modest fame with successful fighting career and Big Brother appearance
- Today he’s worth more than £20million due to a burgeoning online following
- His acolytes spend £39 to join the murky ‘Hustler’s University’ while spreading controversial clips of his content that has been linked with misogyny
TikTok is facing calls to remove videos of a controversial influencer and former Big Brother star who has been accused of spreading misogynistic ‘rape culture’ content to audiences as young as 13 on the platform.
British-American kickboxer Andrew Tate, 35, was raised on an estate in Luton as the son of a catering assistant and an American chess master.
But in the last three months the man described as the ‘king of toxic masculinity’ has been searched on Google more than Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian.
Today, he’s worth an estimated £24million, with millions of social media followers and thousands of acolytes emulating him in his £39-a-month ‘Hustler’s University’.
The former Big Brother contestant’s career has been mired in controversy, with accusations of misogyny, racism and human trafficking cropping up throughout his six years in the limelight.
Despite a successful kickboxing career that saw him win two international titles, Tate’s spectacular rise to fame has been linked to the proliferation of British teenagers using the Chinese video sharing platform TikTok.
On its shady social media pages, impressionable boys as young as 13 are exposed to the rants and ravings of a man who once told rape victims to ‘bear responsibility’ and has openly described hitting and choking women.
Leading domestic abuse charities have warned such content is extremely misogynistic and has the potential to radicalise men to bring harm to the real world.
Outspoken TikTok influencer Andrew Tate, 35, who shot to fame for his outlandish views and once starred on Big Brother has been accused of spreading misogynistic content to audiences as young as 13
British-American kickboxer Andrew Tate, 35, came from humble beginnings when he was raised on an estate in Luton as the son of a catering assistant and an American chess master
Tate has attracted attention and controversy for his outlandish comments that promote ‘male-female interaction’ such as throwing a woman’s possessions out of a window, and describing an ex-girlfriend as a ‘dumb h**’.
In one clip shared online, in which he acts out how he would attack a woman if she accused him of cheating, Tate says: ‘It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b****.’
Tate’s professional kickboxing career took off while he was working as TV producer in his 20s. In 2005 he won a cruiserweight championship and picked up his second title, the ISKA World Full-Contact Light Cruiserweight Championship, in 2013.
He hit the headlines again when he was kicked out of the Big Brother house in 2016 over a video that showed him hitting a woman with a belt.
Later clips emerged showing Tate telling a woman to count the bruises he had allegedly caused. Both Tate and the woman in the video have denied any abuse occurred, and said the clips showed a consensual sexual relationship.
Other videos show Tate openly discussing a time when he claims he accidentally broke a woman’s jaw in a nightclub after his phone was knocked out of hand.
In another, he explains how he was investigated by police for allegedly abusing a woman, which he has strenuously denied. It is around this time he is understood to have moved to Romania, explaining that he is ‘not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want – I like being free’.
The former Big Brother contestant’s career has been mired in controversy, with accusations of misogyny, racism and human trafficking cropping up throughout his life in the limelight
Despite a successful kickboxing career that saw him win two international titles, Tate’s spectacular rise to fame in recent years has been linked to the proliferation of British teenagers using the Chinese video sharing platform TikTok
Leading domestic abuse charities have warned the content shared by Tate’s followers is misogynistic and has the potential to radicalise boys to bring harm into the real world
Allegations published in the Daily Mirror claim that Tate and his brother, Tristan, were making millions from webcam sites that target lonely men who fall for online models and their ‘fake sob stories’. The pair have described the allegations as ‘a total scam’.
The Tates’ murky world was revealed further in April, when their Romanian mansion was raided by local authorities after a tip off from the US Embassy that a 21-year-old American woman was being held there against her will.
The case is ongoing. The brothers were released at the time and deny all wrongdoing.
By this point his Twitter account had already been suspended when tweets containing homophobic and racial slurs were found on his profile.
At the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Tate told his followers that rape victims should ‘bear some responsibility’, while mental health charities slammed his comments belittling depression a year later.
His controversial views have earned him meetings and appearances among right-wing figures, most notably conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nigel Farage, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and Donald Trump Jr.
Amelia Handy, policy lead at Rape Crisis England and Wales told MailOnline: ‘It is unacceptable that such a blatant display of misogyny is being given a platform.
‘These videos are a clear example of rape culture, where rape and sexual violence are minimised and survivors are blamed for crimes committed against them. Sexual violence does not exist in a vacuum, it is very much rooted in the sexist belief that women and girls are less valuable than men and boys.
‘It is therefore deeply concerning that young people have access to content that teaches just this and makes sexual abuse seem normal.
‘TikTok has a responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its users: by allowing these videos on their platform they are failing to protect the millions of young people who use their app.’
Various reports about Tate’s personal wealth see his net worth range from £20 to £230million. In recent interviews he claimed to make his first million at 27, while earning £100 million by the time he was 31.
The influencer has benefited from hundreds of online profiles that push traffic to his website that offers training courses on ‘escaping the rat race’ and accumulating vast wealth.
Tate hit the headlines again when he was kicked out of the Big Brother house in 2016 over a video that showed him hitting a woman with a belt
The brief clip shows the star continually hit a blonde woman with a belt and also slapping her across the face. Both Tate and the woman in the video have denied any abuse occurred and described it as consensual and playful
Despite TikTok’s community guidelines banning misogynistic content and shell accounts, Tate’s videos have been viewed more than 11.6billion times.
An investigation by the Observer found Tate’s followers were actively encouraged to spread his most controversial videos far and wide across social media.
Their attempts have seemingly worked, with Tate’s online following booming. Moreover, there are now over 127,000 people who are understood to have signed up to his non-accredited £39-a-month Hustler’s University.
But leading domestic abuse charities have warned the TikTok content spread by Tate’s followers online is ‘extremely misogynistic’ and could have concerning long-term effects on a young audience.
A spokeswoman from domestic abuse charity White Ribbon told MailOnline that harmful behaviour and attitudes towards women and girls can ‘normalise violence’.
‘Men and boys regularly watching and listening to negative presentations of masculinity may begin to adopt these attitudes and behaviours, believing that they are acting as the “ideal man”.
‘This relates to being seen as tough, aggressive and suppressing emotion. These traits feed into gender norms, what ‘being a man’ and ‘being a woman’ is. Gender inequality is a direct result of traditional and negative stereotypes which confine women’s and men’s roles in society.
‘Not only does this create a lot of pressure on men and boys, often affecting their mental health and self-image, it also creates dangerous cultures and environments for women and girls to exist in.
‘Sexist and derogatory comments exist on the same spectrum as controlling behaviour and physical and sexual violence, which creates environments where men go on to murder women.’
TikTok has been contacted to provide comment.