On December 27th, 2022, Andrew Tate made a post on Twitter bragging about his cars directed at environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Tate writes, “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions”.
Thunberg, most well known for her speech in 2019 calling on world leaders to act on climate change, replied to Tate’s tweet with no remorse. She strikes back, saying, “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at email@example.com.” With a clever, hard-hitting burn from Thunberg, Tate’s fragile masculinity was challenged.
Due to his embarrassment, ten hours later, Tate replied with a video trying to display his wealth and “dominant masculinity.” In this video showcasing his massive ego, Tate wore a dressing robe with a cigar in hand and pizza boxes by his side. Little did he know, as he continued to attack Thunberg, those pizza boxes would lead to his arrest.
Andrew Tate is a misogynistic entrepreneur with a major presence online. He has charges of rape and domestic violence while being suspected of human trafficking. Although Tate denies these allegations, authorities stayed on the search for him. Once this video was posted, it not only attracted attention to Tate, but it also confirmed his location to the police due to the Romanian brand pizza box.
On December 30th, authorities arrested Tate and his brother Tristan on the basis of multiple horrendous sex trafficking allegations. Due to the risk of them avoiding investigation, their arrest was extended from 24 hours to 30 days. Tate made four different appeals to this extension; however, all were rejected by the judge and jury.
Along with the Tate brothers, two more people were brought into custody. DIICOT, a Romanian anti-organized crime agency, investigated and now believe these brothers and the others arrested belong to an organized crime group of human traffickers.
Tate has taunted the Romanian authority on social media in the past. While in custody, he continued this attitude of disrespect and delusional invincibility. Although it is not confirmed, as a possible response to this taunting, the Romanian authority released Tate’s text messages. In these messages, Tate’s process of luring women and then manipulating them is seen with multiple victims.
Six people have been identified as victims of human trafficking by this organization. DIICOT discovered these victims endured coercion and violence as they were forced into sexual acts, one of these acts being pornography that the crime organization may have profited off of.
Authorities have taken the 15 luxurious cars, as Tate boasted about earlier, and 10 properties. The money from these assets will be used to fund the investigation and the victims’ damages. Prosecutors now are investigating ways to prove Tate and others made money from human trafficking.
On the morning of December 30th, Thunberg tweeted, “That’s what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.” The witty teen activist may not have meant to, but she has possibly brought an end to Andrew Tate. For years now, Tate has not only spread misogynistic ideology on the internet, breeding more misogynists but has also gotten away with avoiding investigation of terrible allegations. Greta Thunberg fights not only for the planet but against sexist manipulators such as Tate.