Column: Andrew Tate: Masculinity Massacre

Javen Oswald, Opinions Editor

Andrew Tate. Cobra Tate. The Top G. He is a toxic parasite that has infested our society. Tate perpetuates negative masculinity tropes while also preaching that in order to be “masculine,” men must domesticate women.

Andrew Cobra “Top G” Tate has become wildly successful in a short amount of time using his affiliate link model. Though he does not have a TikTok account, you can see him everywhere. His affiliate link program Hustler’s University pays people who get others to join through a link. 

Although he was banned on most social media sites, his fans are still uploading his content. These platforms can not keep up with the sheer amount of people who are spam posting his propaganda. They post his quotes because they want people to click the link to Hustler’s University in their bio so they get a percentage of the money the person who joins paid.

People now are pushing for his reinstatement on social media, preaching the First Amendment. But Facebook, Instagram, and the other platforms that banned him are private companies. They have no obligation to the First Amendment. Banning Tate stopped his spread of misogyny from reaching more young men. 

I will not deny that Tate has some of the funniest clips on the internet. But the problem with them is that he is serious, and the message he is spreading to young boys is really harmful. 

Take for example when he said, “I was getting on a plane and I could see through the cockpit that a female was the pilot and I took a picture and I said, ‘most women I know can’t even park a car, why is a woman flying my plane?’ and they banned me.” 

This quote is hilarious because it’s real. Every time I read it, it takes me a second to realize that Tate is a real person. However, the content of what he says is very damaging to his audience. He is teaching young men that women do not deserve to have equal opportunities. Tate’s message regresses women back to the 1950s.

Tate’s fans on social media have used the phrase “common Tate W” to describe any moment when he says anything. The contents of what he says could be sexist, stereotypical or harmful, but it doesn’t matter because it is a “common Tate W.” 

I have seen very few “Tate W’s.” He does have some motivational moments, but ruins most of them by forcing in some garbage about how you can not be masculine if you worry about your mental health.

“Top G” is a very dangerous influence on the youth of the internet. The effects of his presence can still be seen today. I think it’s important — now more than ever — to remind young men and women to empower and encourage each other rather than drag each other down. Continuing to destigmatize mental health, especially in men, must also become a focus after the fall out of Andrew Tate. Common Javen W.