According to a Sunday Times report, teachers in the UK are reportedly struggling with the impact controversial influencer Andrew Tate is having on teenagers’ minds, calling it “brainwashing”.
The British newspaper reported that Tate, who is jailed in Romania on charges of rape and sex trafficking, has had a toxic effect on boys who have embraced his thoughts, and teachers are being forced to address these views with their students.
To see what students think, the report said a south London school called a group of around 30 14-year-olds to discuss Tate’s ideas. Questions like “Let’s think [Tate] is still harmless?” and “What happens if we record his messages?” the students were asked.
After the conversation turned into a debate about rape and whether women were to blame for sexual assault, which is a view shared by Tate and about 10 of the students, a male teacher asked the students how they would feel if they were one of their family members were was a rape victim.
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“At that point, many of the boys changed their pitch when I put their mother or sister in that spot, but it was concerning that a few core kids didn’t and still said it was their fault,” the teacher said anonymously TheTimes.
Tate, who describes himself as a misogynist, has a huge following on social media, made up mostly of young men. Videos of him claiming that women “belong in the kitchen” and should be controlled by men have been shared widely on TikTok and other social media platforms.
Sophie Whitehead – who works at the School of Sexuality Education, which runs workshops on consent – called his rhetoric “violent” and said it “affected so many young people”.
“For me, it’s a form of radicalization,” Whitehead said.
The Times reported that teachers in south London classrooms have tried to explain how misogynistic jokes and rhetoric can escalate into serious crimes such as sexual harassment and rape.
Jay Jordan, a teacher from Dundee, Scotland, told the Times that recent interest in Tate’s influence is evident among her students and “it’s worrying”.
“You used to have to deal with sexist stuff, but now it’s explicitly about Andrew Tate — guys don’t stop talking about him,” she said, adding that one of her male students told her she was “just a woman”. after she scolded him.
Andrew Tate claims Big Tech banned him after “large swathes” of people agreed with his “manly values”.
An anonymous teacher in England told the Times she had had students say they weren’t studying for exams because, like Andrew Tate, they could “get rich on the internet”.
Gohar Khan, director of ethos at Ridgway Education Trust, said: “Every school should look into the Tate problem.” Khan said the Trust, which runs three state schools in Oxfordshire, has been teaching about Tate’s ride to shame.
In class, they reportedly discuss “why Tate has been in the news lately for his arrest in Romania on human trafficking and rape allegations.”
Tate, a 36-year-old former kickboxer and reality TV star, is said to be worth up to $100 million. He rose to fame as a contestant on the UK version of Big Brother in 2016.
He was booted from the game show after a video surfaced in which he appeared to attack a woman. The BBC reported that he claimed the video had been edited and that making him look bad was a “total lie”.
In 2017, Tate was kicked off Twitter for saying women should “take responsibility” when they were sexually assaulted. His outlandish comments about women, their intelligence and their work ethic have garnered a lot of attention and sparked a firestorm on social media.
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In December, Tate, his brother and two other men were arrested in Romania for allegedly running a criminal organization that lured women and held them for sexual exploitation.
Romanian authorities searched his properties and found that Tate and his brother had allegedly exploited six women who were being held as virtual prisoners in some of his luxury properties. He was ordered to be held in Romanian prison for 30 days on December 30 while investigations continue.
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