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U.K. Schools Are Adding Curriculum to Re-Educate Teens Brainwashed by Andrew Tate

U.K. Schools Are Adding Curriculum to Re-Educate Teens Brainwashed by Andrew Tate

Teachers in the United Kingdom are being forced to address the toxic views of Andrew Tate, a British reality TV star and selfdescribed misogynist, who has amassed a large following of mostly young male followers on social media.

Tate, who is currently locked up in a Romanian prison on charges of rape and sex trafficking, has had a significant impact on teens who have embraced his hateful ideology, according to The Sunday Times. Now, teachers are having to re-educate students who have been exposed to his views by explaining to their students that misogynistic jokes and rhetoric can escalate to serious crimes like sexual harassment and rape, and that women are not responsible for their assaults. 

Tate first rose to fame when he appeared as a contestant on the UK version of Big Brother in 2016. He was booted from the show after a video emerged of him allegedly attacking a woman. In 2017, during the height of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Tate was kicked off Twitter for saying that women shouldbear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted. Tates popularity skyrocketed with outlandish comments about womens intelligence, calling themintrinsically lazy,” and is a strong proponent that men should have all authority over a woman when in a relationship.

And in the midst of it all, Tate found an audience in teenage boys. Before he was kicked off numerous social media sites, his videos were watched by millions on TikTok, and his misogynistic messaging infiltrated the minds of impressionable teens. Teachers began noticing it in their classroom and have realized it’s not going away anytime soon, even if Tate has been deplatformed and arrested.

It is a version of radicalization as far as Im concerned,” said Sophie Whitehead, who works at the School of Sexuality Education, which provides workshops on consent. She believes his rhetoric is “violent” and said it has “affected so many young people.”

Gohar Khan, director of ethos at The Ridgeway Education Trust, believes every school should be addressing Tate’s messages.

“Our pupils are hearing all of this and I feel they need to hear it from what I think are reliable sources,” Khan said.

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