Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently shared the video of an interview between former kickboxer Andrew Tate and former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The pair discussed a variety of topics such as masculinity, society, Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, and Tate’s recent stint in prison. Musk called the interview interesting, continuing his association with the infamous online figure. Tate has been in prison in Romania following allegations of rape, fraud, and human trafficking.
The interview is more than two hours long and covers Tate’s time in prison. The latter says that he kept fit in prison by doing push-ups and other exercises regularly, racking up 7417 total pushups in all. Tate also claims that he passed his time smoking cigarettes, as well as reading the Quran. The 35-year-old converted to Islam in December of 2022, around the time of his initial arrest by Romanian authorities, and called it the “Last True Religion.”
Other topics covered included Kamala Harris (who Tate thinks is ineffective and leverages a ‘race card’) and the role of men in society. Tate, who is a staunch opponent of vaccines against covid-19, stated that in families where women were dominant, everyone was likely to be vaccinated.
Elon Musk Faces Criticism For Association With Tate
This tweet by Musk was the latest in an ongoing association of the tech billionaire with right-wing/extremist ideas and figureheads. The Twitter CEO was recently under fire for retweeting far-right conspiracies around race and crime statistics, as well as for emulating Andrew Tate’s hand sign. Tate is infamous for right-wing ideals and has been accused of misogyny and violence against women.
Tate is currently in jail for human trafficking, rape and fraud. Romanian authorities assert that the former kickboxer lured women in by misleading them into thinking he wanted a relationship with them, before forcing them to produce content for TikTok, OnlyFans as well as premium cam-shows for nearly 12 hours a day with scarcely a fifteen-minute break. This follows prior allegations against Tate which accused him of beating a woman with a belt, allegedly the reason the British-American personality was kicked off the show Big Brother.
Ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson also came under fire for the interview, specifically for his lack of pushback against Tate. Carlson is vehemently against pornography but didn’t mention Tate’s allegations of forcing women to create it, nor did the host challenge Tate when he claimed to have come up from poverty - a claim which is increasingly challenged by those who knew him in his youth.
Tate recently lost an appeal against house arrest as the human trafficking case continues.