What Race Is Andrew Tate?

March 29, 2024
David Sunnyside

If you’re an adolescent man in the UK, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of andrew tate. He’s a British American social media influencer and former professional kickboxer who has amassed more than 9 million followers on the video-sharing platform X (formerly TikTok) with posts that have sparked concern about his encouragement of misogynistic attitudes among young men. He’s also the subject of a new documentary, I Am Andrew Tate, that airs this week on Channel 4 in Britain.

Tate, 37, rose to prominence after a career in kickboxing and a stint on the reality show Big Brother. But his public persona was quickly overshadowed by allegations of rape and physical abuse against women who reported him to authorities. The Crown Prosecution Service ultimately dropped the case, but Tate’s alleged victims are suing him in a civil suit. Meanwhile, he’s facing a criminal case in Romania, where he and his brother Tristan have been charged with rape, human trafficking, and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. They deny the charges.

But even as the cracks start to form in his image, Tate’s legion of fans seem determined to defend him. The Observer recently spoke to a few of them who explained that they’re not at all bothered by his naked misogyny or his tendency toward mendaciousness, and that what they admire most is his unflinching commitment to the idea that “masculine” values are worth fighting for. It’s a brand of masculinity that, to many of his followers, is needed in a world they see as chaotic and unstable.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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