Meanwhile, Andrew Tate tweeted from Bucharest police custody: “The Matrix sent their agents.” The 36-year-old man probably wanted to indicate that he was the victim of a conspiracy. In the 1999 film The Matrix, hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered a pill so he can access the real world beyond the art world (The Matrix). Right-wing conspiracy theorists, as well as misogynistic “men’s rights activists,” use this image of real reality, which they say needs to be acknowledged, to justify falsehood and fake news as an act of endurance.
A Tates spokesman had previously assured that the two brothers had “the greatest respect for the Romanian authorities and will help where they can,” Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper said.
Alteration on Twitter with Greta Thunberg
Tate recently had a skirmish with climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, thereby attracting the attention of an audience of millions. Tate, who repeatedly draws attention with misogynistic statements, had bragged about the number of his cars and wrote to Thunberg: “Please give me your email address so I can send you a complete list of my car collection and the huge emissions”.
The pioneer of the global climate protection movement Fridays for Future reacted on Wednesday: “Yes, please enlighten me, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.” (As much as “little dick power” @ “Don’t you have anything better to do?”). On Friday afternoon, Thunberg’s post had more than 3.4 million likes; The former kickboxer’s post, on the other hand, only reached a good 213,000.
Thunberg’s good friend, prominent German climate activist Luisa Neubauer, also commented on the Tate case: “By the end of 2022, the world is learning again what it has known for a long time (but doesn’t want to admit): the bottom “The line is that it’s just not a good idea to deal with a climate activist – tie him up inside. Not a good idea at all,” he tweeted.
The confusion was caused by the fact that Tate was seen holding a pizza box from Romania in his video dialogue with Thunberg. Some news outlets concluded that this pizza wrapper provided a clue to Tate’s whereabouts. The spokeswoman for the DIICOT prosecutor’s office denied it when consulted by dpa: “These are funny speculations.” It is not true that the box played a role in the arrest.
Meanwhile, Thunberg followed on Twitter, writing on Friday: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.” Within minutes, the tweet received tens of thousands of likes.
Tate outside big brother show met in 2016
The Tate brothers had lived in Romania for years, Romanian media reported. Tristan Tate, the brother of influencer Andrew who has now also been arrested, was also in a relationship with a Romanian star model, according to the Bucharest daily “Libertatea”.
Andrew Tate rose to fame in 2016 when he was kicked off Britain’s Big Brother show for leaking a video of him beating a woman with a belt. In 2017, he was banned from Twitter after he said women were responsible for being sexually harassed.
Tate’s account has now been unlocked, especially since Elon Musk is now in charge of Twitter. Tate was also banned from Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube that year. But he has not completely disappeared from there, because other accounts still distribute a large number of videos with Tate on these platforms.
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