Right-wing influencer Andrew Tate is being trolled by Greta Thunberg, Elon Musk and, surprisingly, British police after he was arrested by Romanian authorities.
Tate, a 36-year-old British-American former kickboxer who built a huge online following by adopting a somewhat comical alpha male persona and dispensing life and relationship advice, was arrested by Romanian authorities on Friday amid an investigation into alleged human trafficking.
The move against Tate followed a heated row between Tate and Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist and media darling, over the carbon emissions of Tate’s car collection and which one has a small penis.
Tate, after Thunberg advised him to email her at “[email protected],” posted a video reply claiming that the Swede, not him, had the small penis, as evidenced by the email address that was hers, in which she at one point received some pizza and asked the alleged delivery person to “make sure these boxes don’t get recycled”.
After Tate’s arrest, Twitter was alive with apparently unfounded claims that it was the name of the pizzeria that appeared on the screen that allowed authorities to track him down, with Thunberg among those leaning into the rumor.
this is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 30, 2022
“[T]it’s what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes,” said the Swede mocked.
Elon Musk, who restored Tate’s previously purged Twitter account after taking over, also got in on the act. suggesting that “[s]sometimes it’s just better to make pizza at home.”
Perhaps the strangest was an intervention by the British police for Essex, which he tweeted that “[v]Violence against women and girls takes many forms. Is it time to #Think about your misogynistic and abusive behavior?” with the captions #pizzatate and #pizza.
This was accompanied by a crude “How it started / How it goes” meme with a pizza box on one side and a pair of handcuffs on the other.
Why Essex Police chose to take such a partisan view of the feud between Sweden-based Thunberg and Romania-based Tate, particularly as the latter has yet to be convicted of a crime, is unclear and suggests her priorities may be a bit confused. Violent crime, sexual assault and rape are on the rise in areas of her responsibility, such as Colchester.
Romanian authorities insist the pizza boxes were not a factor in their raids on Tate, his brother Tristan and others.
Violence against women and girls comes in many forms.
Is it time to #Reflect for your misogynistic and abusive behavior?
Call The Change Project on 0845 372 7701 or visit https://t.co/89uUxaW1sU#pizzatate #pizza pic.twitter.com/580YRxDf9Q
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 30, 2022