War room andrew tate sat in a stark prison cell in a four-story police structure in Bucharest, Romania, in late January. He’d been there since December 29, when he and his brother, Tristan, were arrested on charges of human trafficking, rape, and organizing an organized crime group to sexually exploit women.
Tate, a former kickboxer, rose to prominence in the UK after competing in the 2016 season of Big Brother and becoming an influencer online. He’s made a lot of controversial statements, including in September 2017 when he caused outrage by saying depression isn’t real and in October 2017, amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal, when he claimed that women should “bear responsibility” for being raped.
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He’s also been called the King of Toxic Masculinity and people think that he is dangerously influencing young men. He’s even been banned from X (formerly Twitter) for making anti-feminist comments. Despite this, many of his followers still support him and have even filmed TikTok videos outside of his jail cell.
For them, it doesn’t really matter if he’s a monster guilty of the crimes he’s accused of. What matters is that he’s telling a story that they believe is true: That men are being robbed of their power by forces that are out to get them, and that they have the right to fight back. Women’s charities say that this kind of rhetoric is dangerous because it normalizes misogynistic attitudes, which are at the root of violence against women and girls.
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