His power over young boys is dangerous in all media
For decades: advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and film would objectify women as objects that are acquirable and disposable — or unattainable. Images like this seem completely laughable now
But that’s the problem — the historic drip-drip-drip of the ad world’s deeply-embedded, elitist programmed Freudianism since the early 20th century had already made women a laughable commodity in the mainstream media.
So, of course, women would be seen the same in social media too — it was already an accepted trope. Many women have arguably gone on to internalise this Freudian gender abuse by going on to objectify themselves. Unfortunately, the exploits of Andrew Tate -- believed to include rape and trafficking as well as the usual putrid slop of sexist social media content disguised as entrepreneurship -- is the extreme results of all of this.
However, just because an idea is old, accepted, prolific or all three, that doesn’t make it OK.
TikTok or Tate?
Wrong question. TikTok has not banned nor sanctioned Andrew Tate, despite repeated calls from charities and NGOs across the world for the CCP-owned company to de-platform online misogyny and hate speech, such as Tate’s.
This flex of China’s ubiquitous soft power is unmistakable — the denotation is that of decent society being nothing but hyperreal content to them, which can be disrupted and poisoned by CCP technology in mere minutes.
The same technically goes for YouTube, which continues to make serious bank from reaction video ads and commenters all vying to stand up for Tate.
And, worryingly, it’s young boys and men with confidence and self-esteem vulnerabilities that get taken in by Tate’s rhetoric. In Tate’s native UK, schoolteachers are scrambling to support troubled youngsters, parents and guardians amid the total dearth of any comprehensive or helpful schools guidance from UK Government about online hate speech.
But that’s a separate issue covered massively elsewhere, in a world of non-tech informed institutions all racing to catch up…