Abbie Chatfield has revealed she’s been trolled by followers of the Youtube star dubbed “the scariest man on the internet”.
The reality-star-turned-TV host has revealed her DMs have been lit up by Andrew Tate acolytes aged in their early teens.
In the past couple of months Tate, 35, has become a viral sensation and lightning rod for disaffected young men, with his vile, misogynistic opinions: including that women are property and should accept blame if they are raped.
The British American former kickboxer says he only dates women half his age so he can leave an imprint and is reportedly under investigation for human trafficking and rape allegations in Romania, where he lives.
It’s understood he is googled more than Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian.
Chatfield, who is an outspoken feminist, said she had tried to avoid commenting on Tate so as not to give him “oxygen” in the media.
“I’ve had a really hard time with Andrew Tate because I exist in the realm of feminism and calling out misogyny, my podcast, my radio show I’ve been asked millions of times (to talk about him),” she revealed on The Project.
“But I do feel like I really want to ignore 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 if he is tagged in a TikTok and I look at it too long that feeds the algorithm, that spreads out more to my followers and to the followers that are already engaging in that content. . . (but) it is getting a bit too big to ignore now.”
She said she was sure her listeners agreed that “yes, he’s disgusting, he’s awful, let’s move on”.
Chatfield said she had posted one Instagram story to her followers saying she didn’t want to comment on Tate, but that provoked a disturbing response from his fans.
“I’m getting DMs from early teen boys saying ‘I hope Andrew Tate destroys you’ or things along that line,” she said.
“I also get comments calling me Abbie Tate and comments on TikTok especially — that’s where it is really, really rife.”
She also questioned how Tate was able to spread his message of hate about women on TikTok, and yet she was censored for putting up videos of herself.
“I upload a TikTok in a white singlet, with a bra on, and it gets deleted in a minute, wouldn’t even go up,” she said.
“But there’s endless videos of him saying that women are property, and extremely violent, misogynistic things. How can that slip through the cracks but me in a singlet can’t?”