Greta Thunberg had a response prepared when influencer Andrew Tate tried to brag about his carbon emissions. In a Twitter put up shared on Dec. 27, Tate — who has been banned from many social media platforms for misogynistic content material — determined, unprompted, to let Thunberg know what number of vehicles he owns. He tagged Thunberg in his put up and wrote, “Please present your e mail tackle so I can ship an entire record of my automotive assortment and their respective monumental emissions.”
In a reply that has since racked up over 2.5 million likes, Thunberg wrote, “sure, please do enlighten me. e mail me at [email protected]”
Initially, all Tate — who has been open about his need to draw “haters” on social media — needed to say to Thunberg’s reply was, “How dare you?!” The subsequent day, he shared an odd video of himself smoking a cigar whereas sitting in entrance of some pizza containers. In it, he likened Thunberg’s local weather work to “attempting to cease the solar from being sizzling.”
Tate, a motivational speaker whose self-help strategy largely consists of him telling males to be extra aggressive, has lengthy been energetic in far-right circles, per The Independent. In 2016 he was forged within the present “Big Brother,” however was banished from the home after a video emerged of him beating a lady with a belt, based on The Guardian. Over the previous few years, he has garnered a horde of followers as his reputation on social media has skyrocketed. In his movies, he has shared views together with the assumption that girls are property and belong within the dwelling and that 18 and 19-year-old ladies are the most effective up to now as a result of they’re extra impressionable and can have slept with fewer individuals, to call a couple of.
He has been banned from Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube, however he has since been reinstated to Twitter by Elon Musk and has remained widespread on TikTok, the place movies of him have amassed 11.6 billion views, based on The Guardian. In July, Tate’s identify was reportedly searched on Google extra instances than Kim Kardashian or Donald Trump’s. This fall, academics started elevating the alarm, with some saying that many of their male students were parroting Tate’s misogynistic, usually violent viewpoints.
Thunberg, identified for her ongoing weekly local weather strikes, can also be identified for her means to ship searing diatribes in opposition to corruption in addition to the occasional skilled clapback. Meanwhile, in October, she printed “The Climate Book,” which threads collectively local weather options from over 100 historians, philosophers, and economists, and in November, the 19-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee sued Sweden over its inadequate climate action.