Unveiling the Dark Truth Behind Andrew Tate’s Overnight Stardom: The Andrew Tate Phenomenon

Dig deeper and discover the shocking secrets behind Andrew Tate’s rapid rise to fame and his connection to the radicalization pipeline.

Jánelle Marina Méndez
The Feminist
Published in
6 min readJan 27

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In a shocking turn of events, misogynistic personality Andrew Tate was recently arrested by Romanian authorities following a controversial video in which he rebutted environmental activist Greta Thunberg (Olsen, 2022). The arrest came after a police investigation led them to Tate and his brother, linking them to a case of sex trafficking (modern slavery). The brothers are currently being held in detention as the investigation continues (Young, 2022).

As the public debates Andrew Tate’s guilt or innocence, a more concerning trend is being overlooked by mainstream media: his rise to fame is not a coincidence, but a result of social media sites profiting from the radicalization pipeline. YouTube, in particular, is a major contributor to this disturbing phenomenon (Ribeiro, et. al., 2021).

What is the radicalization pipeline?

The framework of the radicalization pipeline is a model I developed to shed light on the process by which individuals, particularly men and teenage boys, are transformed into misogynistic, sexist, racist, and potentially violent extremists who commit hate crimes and acts of domestic terrorism. This indoctrination often takes place through mass and social media communications, leading to dangerous psychological delusions that threaten the well-being of American society.

I initially started developing the radicalization pipeline while investigating the recruitment practices of white supremacists extremists faction of the U.S. Marine Corps. on Facebook. It is clear from reading Marine Facebook threads that there is a significant amount of hate directed towards female Marines. In 2018, I founded the Military Sexual Trauma Movement, which began as a social media platform to report instances of Military Sexual Trauma to superiors and news outlets in order to hold perpetrators accountable. Through this effort, I collected thousands of reports and amassed a database of over 20,000 files. By analyzing this content, I gained insight into the indoctrination process and economic factors that contribute to the indoctrination of male Marines to hate women and minorities. What I uncovered was far more complex and disturbing than I had anticipated.

When I publicly launched the movement in 2019 and gained media attention, I noticed a pattern of harassment and intimidation tactics employed by extremist factions within the Marine Corps. These tactics included doxing, smear campaigns, and even plans to assassinate me as well as threats against my life. Because I had already amassed a large database, I was able to assess the ideologies and level of threat posed by each faction, which allowed me to intercept the assassination attempt that was in progress. Despite the dangers, I felt it was important to continue my work in order to expose and combat this dangerous radicalization process.

I developed the radicalization pipeline model as a way to protect myself and utilize as a risk assessment tool while I continued my human rights work. I created the radicalization pipeline model as a means of protecting myself and as a tool for risk assessment while continuing my human rights activism. On November 11, 2020, I organized and delivered a speech titled “Female Marines, America’s Babies Need You!” at the Fight for our Freedom Press Conference in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Washington D.C. About 25 minutes into that speech, I accurately predicted that a national security crisis was imminent. Six weeks later, the January 6th insurrection occurred.

How does the radicalization pipeline operate?

I discussed this at length in a few earlier articles in The Feminist. The article titled, “The lost generation of boys and men” and “13 lies of patriarchy” provide in-depth information on how the indoctrination into the radicalization pipeline operates. For your reference I’ll provide you with a few resource cards for you to better understand.

What does the radicalization pipeline have to with Andrew Tate?

Everything. Andrew Tate is a prominent leader within the manosphere communities, which represents the initial stages of radicalization. He is considered a mid-level extremist figure. Mid level extremism is known as stage 4: misogynists and male supremacy communities. This is where the monetization and sexual enslavement of teen girls and women occurs.

In an excerpt from my upcoming book titled, “The Pathway Towards Peace: U.S. Human Rights Manifesto”

Stage 4: Misogynists and male supremacy communities

Middle spectrum radicalization is known as alt-lite:

Mainly men and some women will flirt with white supremacy ideology but will not openly admit it or identify as a white supremacist.

Rejection of identity politics and edges the lines of acceptable discourse (e.g. Andrew Tate).

Discusses women as property, demonizes feminists, promotes “traditional relationships” via the subjugation of women; women are hated; the modern woman is to blame for their life’s woes and lack of sex (Olsen, 2022).

Believes women are property and should not have human rights. At this level of pathology misogynists are willing to commit acts of gender violence and female subjugation, and enslave women and girls for sex and labor slavery for personal profit (e.g. Andrew Tate, Jeffery Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell).

I first became aware of Andrew Tate when I came across posts on Instagram where he was discussing women in a deeply misogynistic way. I immediately blocked all accounts that shared his content. A month later, when I created a TikTok account for my human rights business, I made a video predicting that Andrew Tate would eventually be arrested for human trafficking. Based on my understanding of the radicalization pipeline, I knew that he was using his followers to engage in the non-consensual viewing of sexually enslaved women. Of course, his fans, whom I refer to as “Tater Tots,” flooded my TikTok comments section to defend him, despite the fact that he had exploited their insecurities and wallets to enrich himself through their indoctrination. My predictions were not just coincidental – they were rooted in social scientific analysis. In my upcoming book, “The Pathway Towards Peace: U.S. Human Rights Manifesto,” I delve deeper into the new theory on racism, misogyny, and sexism that I coined psychosocial racism and sexism that I’ve developed to explain this toxic phenomenon that is destroying American society.

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Jánelle Marina Méndez
The Feminist

Award-winning Author, Inventor, FinTech Entrepreneur | I write a human rights newsletter called The Feminist that focuses on social scientific theories.