Secondary school teacher Charlotte Carson characterizes Andrew Tate, the internet influencer who serves as a role model for many of the lads at her Belfast school, as intelligent, articulate, and disciplined.
She claims that Andrew Tate’s sad, insecure, and support of “Taliban ideas” regarding how to treat women is the real issue.
Teachers must figure out how to react as they face more and more students in schools around the UK who adore Tate.
In a concentrated effort to counteract his effect, some are actively disseminating guidelines on how to talk about him.
Despite being banned from TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for making misogynistic comments, Tate, a former kickboxer, has millions of online fans.
He and his brother Tristan are both being jailed in Romania as part of an investigation into claims of rape and people trafficking, both of which they vehemently deny.
According to Ms. Carson, 46, who teaches Learning for Life and Work, Northern Ireland’s version of PSHE in English schools, “a lot of the boys can see that there are parts of Andrew Tate that they respect and admire, and then there are parts that they don’t — they know that he says a lot of terrible things.”
But he’s also glamorous, attractive, and does a lot of things that they consider cool.
She uses an image of Tate smoking a cigar while surrounded by fancy cars as an example. Ms. Carson and her fellow teachers consider this image to be a “joke,” nearly a “cartoon” of “pathetic insecurity,” but some of her students are ready to defend what Tate stands for.
One student told her that even if Tate were found guilty of the crimes for which he has been charged, they would still respect him.
“Yes, they replied. They said, “Miss, you still love them even if they commit a crime.””
The student, according to Ms. Carson, subsequently changed their minds and acknowledged that they didn’t truly consider Tate as a family; nonetheless, the quick response might indicate a wish to maintain his status.
We all desire to elevate our role models above the muck, claims Ms. Carson, who started a project in 2016 to assist schools in forming feminist communities.
While acknowledging that parents also have a duty to teach their children, Ms. Carson says she will continue to push her students about the topics covered in Tate’s programme.
Parents must realize that Andrew Tate will educate their children about the world if they don’t.
Tate has not provided a statement in response to the BBC’s request.