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Andrew Tate is All Over TikTok. What Now?

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Tate has become known for sharing outright misogynistic beliefs online, many of which promote violence against women.


Who is Andrew Tate?

The sudden and increasing rise of online personality Andrew Tate — who regularly spews violently misogynistic rhetoric — has left audiences concerned by his content grappling with one question: How can one condemn Tate without simultaneously promoting him?

In the past, Tate has said that rape victims should bear some “responsibility” for what happened to them.

He believes women who make money on OnlyFans owe a cut of that check to their boyfriend or husband because “she belongs to that man.” He does not believe a man would owe his girlfriend the same share. 

Tate thinks women should clean up without being asked and has said he would only administer CPR on “a hot female.” If he is dating a woman, he says he has “responsibility over her,” and therefore, “must have a degree of authority” over her as well.

When asked how he would respond to a girl accusing him of cheating, he said, “It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face, and then grip her up by the neck.”

The American-born and U.K.-raised former kickboxer now lives in Romania, claiming he moved partially because he thinks it would be easier to evade rape charges in the country. 

“I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free,” he reportedly said. 

Tate is also reportedly involved in an investigation in Romania over accusations that a 21-year-old woman was being held against her will at the home he shares with his brother. While Tate has denied wrongdoing, authorities have said the investigation into the matter includes human trafficking and rape allegations. 

His beliefs are not shared only among a fringe group of online users. While Tate has been banned from Twitter and does not have a TikTok account of his own, his span still reaches far and wide. Videos of him on TikTok have amassed over 11 billion views. Since early July, Google searches for him have skyrocketed, surpassing ones for podcaster Joe Rogan and musician Taylor Swift.

The Fine Line of Criticizing Tate

His content is largely aimed at young men and teenage boys, raising concerns over how to minimize the potential damage Tate’s sexism can have on young and developing minds. In Tate’s own words, he believes that if his critics want him to disappear, they should ignore him. 

“The smartest thing my haters could do is never mention me again,” he said in one video that has been shared online.

“All you are doing is accelerating my endless conquest.” 

Giving Tate’s name the silent treatment is a strategy some hope could work. Australian radio and television personality Abbie Chatfield said her initial instinct was to ignore Tate as she faced endless requests to discuss him. 

“I want to try to suffocate him of any oxygen in media because the more I engage with his content – even to research, for a radio segment – if I look at his TikToks, or he’s tagged in a TikTok and I look at it for too long, that feeds the algorithm and it feeds out more to my followers and to the followers who are already engaging in that content,” she explained on “The Project.”

However, she also believes his presence might be too large to turn a blind eye to, but is still unsure of how to address him without feeding an algorithm that supports him.

“It is getting a bit too big to ignore now, but I do still fear that if I speak about it, to my followers or to my listeners of my podcast, it doesn’t really achieve anything,” she explained. “I’m sure those who are my listeners already feel this way.”

Chatfield knows firsthand how Tate’s words lead to real-life consequences. She said receives direct messages online “from what appear to be early teen boys saying, ‘I hope Andrew Tate destroys you.’”

Because of this, some fear ignoring Tate is not the answer. 

“Though pretending Tate doesn’t exist would starve him of attention that he clearly craves, it wouldn’t cut off his revenue – or his ability to exploit, and perhaps harm, others,” Ash Sarkar wrote for GQ.

Tate’s Rise to Online Fame

Tate’s rapid rise online can largely be attributed to his loyal fans, some of whom are part of a venture run by Tate called Hustler’s University. 

As Tate describes it on the website, for $49 a month, Hustler’s University introduces people to “a community where me and dozens of War Room members will teach YOU exactly how to make money.​”

The website claims to give access to stock and crypto analysis, NFTs, copywriting, affiliate marketing, and more avenues under the guidance of professors that are “verified” by Tate. 

While Tate denies that there is anything nefarious about Hustler’s University, many have compared it to a multi-level marketing scheme. 

Some members of Hustler’s University, as well as other casual viewers of Tate’s content, feel an incentive to promote Tate on TikTok, strategically choosing some of his most controversial statements to share on the app to increase engagement and views. 

While TikTok has said it does not tolerate misogynistic rhetoric and is reviewing this content, the main issue centers around the fact that the app’s algorithm is designed to promote people like Tate. Content with shock value that attracts comments is TikTok’s bread and butter. The more people engage with a video, the more likely it is to end up on another user’s feed. This was all it took for Tate to become a main topic of conversation on the platform over just the course of a few weeks. 

The Guardian published an investigative report examining just how this worked by making an account for an “imaginary” 18-year-old boy. It was first fed generic content like dog videos and comedy bits, as well as discussions about men’s mental health. The content then began to skew to more male-based discussions, and then “without ‘liking’ or searching for any content proactively” was slowly filled with videos of Tate sharing his sexist takes. 

According to The Guardian, while other controversial figures like Jordan Peterson also came up, Tate was the prominent face.

Because young men can so quickly be fed so much Tate without even actively suggesting any interest in him, many fear that women will suffer. 

“Women are under threat, and we have been for generations,” Lucy Cocoran wrote for Marie Claire. “Men like Andrew Tate are making the world even more unsafe for women and girls who are already terrified of becoming another statistic.”

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Halyna Hutchins Family Settles With “Rust” Production, Filming to Resume in 2023

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Alec Baldwin said everyone involved was motivated by the “desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son.”


Settlement Reached

The family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the set of “Rust” last year, reached a settlement with the production over a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday. 

The lawsuit was filed in February, several months after Hutchins’ death in New Mexico last October. The cast and crew were rehearsing a scene that involved producer and actor Alec Baldwin pointing a gun toward the camera. Baldwin claims he did not know it was loaded when it fired, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. 

The actor also claims he did not actually pull the trigger, but investigators determined it must have been pulled. 

Hutchins’ husband Matthew filed the wrongful death suit on behalf of himself and his young son. It claimed that the production did not follow proper safety procedures and endangered the crew via reckless cost-cutting measures. Baldwin was listed as a defendant, as well as the set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, first assistant director, Dave Halls, and others involved with the film. 

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but as part of the agreement, the production of “Rust” will resume in January 2023. The late cinematographer’s husband will join the project as an executive producer. 

“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” he said in a statement. “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

A Tribute to Hutchins

Souza will return as the director. In a statement, he said his “every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring” Hutchins.

For his part, Baldwin shared the news of the settlement on his Instagram Wednesday morning.

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” he wrote. “We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

According to The Los Angeles Times, while Gutierrez-Reed and Halls were not part of the settlement, if a judge approves it, the allegations against them will be resolved.

There is still an ongoing criminal probe happening separately from this lawsuit. It is unclear what impact the settlement will have on that, if any. 

Last month, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies sent a letter to the New Mexico Board of Finance seeking additional funding to prosecute up to four people over the incident, including Baldwin. So far, no charges have been filed. 

In April, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau fined the production after it found multiple safety violations on set. 

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The Try Guys Address Removal of Ned Fulmer: “We Had No Idea This Was Going On”

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The group said that by severing ties with Fulmer, it felt like they were losing a friend. 


“That Is Not What We Stand For”

Digital comedy and sketch group The Try Guys posted a video on Monday night explaining the recent removal of member Ned Fulmer. 

Last week, the Internet was filled with speculation that Fulmer, who is married with children, was having an affair with a staffer for The Try Guys. Fulmer confirmed the reports, claiming he had a “consensual workplace relationship.” The Try Guys quickly announced that Fulmer would no longer be working with the group as the result of an internal review. 

In Monday’s video, the remaining three members, Eugene Lee Yang, Zach Kornfeld, and Keith Habersberger, explained what led to their decision to remove Fulmer. While the trio noted there were legal issues that prevented them from sharing certain details, they wanted to be as transparent as possible. 

“On Labor Day weekend, multiple fans alerted us that they had seen Ned and an employee engaging in public romantic behavior,” Habersberger explained. “We reached out to check on that employee and Ned confirmed the reports, and since confirmed that this had been going on for some time, which was obviously very shocking to us.”

He emphasized that the rest of the group “had no idea this was going on.” 

After this, The Try Guys reached out to a variety of lawyers and HR professionals to make sure they handled the situation correctly. 

“This is something we took very seriously,” Yang said. “We refused to sweep things under the rug. That is not who we are, and that is not what we stand for.” 

Removing Fulmer From Content

They decided to immediately remove Fulmer from work activities and hired an HR rep to conduct a review. Fulmer was also withdrawn from releases pending the results of that review. 

As part of this, his video section was erased, he was digitally taken out of some content, and he was not included in merch drops. The Try Guys said this was a long and tedious process. 

“Honestly, I want to give major props to our editing staff for how deftly they handled that,” Kornfeld said. “There are several videos that we have deemed as fully unreleasable, you will never see them, and that is due to his involvement. And that is a decision that has cost us lots of money.” 

“We will not be able to recoup that money,” he continued. “But it’s a decision we stand by proudly.” 

The group declined to share details of the review but claimed it found that Fulmer engaged in “conduct unbecoming” of the team. Because of this, Yang, Kornfeld, and Habersberger gave written consent on Sept. 16 to ax Fulmer as a manager and employee of The Try Guys company. 

The three said they were always planning to make a public statement about their decision, but were initially waiting out of respect to the families and employees involved. As online speculation arose, they chose to deal with it sooner. 

“We’re losing a friend, we’re losing someone we built a company with, we have countless memories with, we just made a TV show together,” Kornfeld said. “I’m sure many of you feel the same way.” 

According to the group, some upcoming videos featuring Fulmer will be edited to remove him. They said they are currently taking time to reimagine their channel. 

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Bruce Willis Denies Rumors He Sold His Likeness For Deepfake Use

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Deepfakes face criticism from Hollywood to social media.


Willis Debunks Rumors

Actor Bruce Willis denied rumors over the weekend that he sold his likeness to the deepfake company DeepCake. 

Willis agreed last year for his face to be used in a commercial for a Russian telecoms company. For this commercial, DeepCake digitally edited Willis’ face onto a Russian actor. This sparked rumors that Willis had sold the rights to his likeness for the company to use in future projects. 

However, both management for Willis and DeepCake itself denied any partnership or agreement for these rights.

“Bruce couldn’t sell anyone any rights, they are his by default,” DeepCake said.

Agreements for the AI generation of actors have been heard of before, however. Recently, actor James Earl Jones agreed for his voice to be technologically generated for the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise. 

Deepfakes Online

This comes as deepfakes are facing mounting criticism online, including from prominent YouTube personality and author, Hank Green. He recently tweeted about a channel that uses similar deepfake technology and AI-voice generation to parody popular YouTube creators. He stressed his concern that while the channel in question may not be nefarious, this technology could end up being harmful. 

“There are ways to do this that would be much worse, more mean spirited, and more exploitative than this,” Green said. “And I’m very worried about what that will look like, because if this is working (and allowed), people will do it.”

Among other issues, Green mentioned these videos could abuse monetization and sponsorship opportunities while exploiting someone else’s face and brand. Green even implored YouTube to evaluate its terms of service as the popularity of deepfakes rise. 

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