Abbie Chatfield has revealed she’s been the target of horrific messages from Andrew Tate fans.
Concerns have been raised over the controversial TikTok star’s growing popularity online and the impact he could have on impressionable youth.
The former kickboxer and Big brother The contestant has grown in popularity over the past two months, posting videos here spreading violent misogynistic messages.
Tate has been sprouting messages such as women being “man’s property” and that they “belong in the house”.
Its growing presence was the subject of a report on The project where the program discussed the social media star’s harmful posts and how her impact is now impossible to ignore.
Abbie Chatfield, who was a host on the show, admitted she saw the direct impact of Tate’s harmful posts.
She explained, “I kind of exist in the realm of feminism and misogyny, and on my podcast, my radio show, I’ve been asked questions (about him).
“I feel like I really want to ignore it. I want to smother it with all the oxygen in the media, because the more I engage with its content – even to research, for a radio segment – if I watch its TikToks, or if it’s tagged in a TikTok and I watch it too long, that feeds the algorithm and it further feeds my followers and the followers who are already engaging with that content.
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“It’s getting a little too big to ignore now. But I’m still afraid that if I talk about it to my followers or my listeners, it won’t come to anything. I’m sure my listeners already feel that, they agree that yes, he’s disgusting, he’s awful.
Fellow host Hamish Macdonald asked the podcaster if she had seen any evidence of Tate’s influence on young boys.
She replied, “Absolutely.
“I get DMs from what seem like young teenagers saying, ‘I hope Andrew Tate destroys you,’ or things like that.
“I also get comments calling me ‘Abbie Tate’, and comments on TikTok in particular. That’s where it’s really, really prevalent.
Abbie further aimed for the double standard of TikTok’s algorithm, which she experienced herself.
She continued, “I upload a TikTok in a white singlet, with a bra, and it’s deleted in a minute, wouldn’t even come up. But there are countless videos of him saying that women are property, and extremely vile and misogynistic things.”
“How can this slip through the cracks, but I, in a jersey, can’t? »
The project called on TikTok to take some responsibility for allowing Tate’s messaging to spread.