Internet feuds and dramas are often a waste of time. On occasion, they result in something humorous or noteworthy enough to where you have to give credit where credit is due. Such is the case with the feud between former kickboxer and current misogynist Andrew Tate, and environmental activist Greta Thunberg. In this case, it’s not so much the exchange between the two of them that’s fun, but the way the internet has decided to commemorate it that makes it chuckle-worthy. And it’s all thanks to Wikipedia.
Also, Tate and his brother have now been arrested by Romanian authorities after an investigation probe into a human trafficking ring. More on that later.
To set the stage, we have to look at Tate’s Twitter account. It’s worth mentioning Tate had previously been banned from the social media platform due to a variety of things, ranging from rampant sexism to misinformation about COVID-19. After that ban was lifted following Elon Musk‘s takeover, the sexist former athlete continued to try to pick fights with people. That leads us to December 27th, where he tweeted the following:
It’s a pretty effective comeback; one that you’d think a kickboxer would appreciate. It was swift, decisive, and hit exactly where it needed to in order to down an opponent. If you were to do an instant replay of the strike, you’d see how Thunberg’s attack used less words, didn’t need the use of a photo, and centered on Tate’s manhood; something an open misogynist would generally define themselves by.
The internet took note of this to effectively declare Thunberg the winner of the fight. But it’s not enough to just “say” that Thunberg won, it has to be documented somewhere. What better place to register the victory than on Wikipedia where anybody can virtually edit anything. And so it was that Tate was handed his loss.
In the first second of round one, Tate was given his first loss in 6 years to the powerhouse from Sweden. Some may call it an upset, others may call it justice. Either way, for obvious reasons, the loss was removed from Wikipedia and Tate’s page has subsequently been locked from future edits until July of 2023. Thunberg’s page on Wikipedia is also in a semi-protected state as of the time of this writing. It’s also unclear as to whether or not he actually did send an email to Thunberg at [email protected], or if he’s just wallowing in his defeat at the hands of a 19-year-old.
Not to kick a misogynist when he’s down, but as of December 29th, Tate’s villa in Romania was raided by local authorities. Tate is reportedly being investigated surrounding terrorism and organized crime. Part of this seems to be stemming from the vehicles in question while another part of the investigation involves potential human trafficking. Tate claimed it wasn’t a raid, but rather he is being “swatted,” a term that refers to someone falsely tipping off authorities to breach someone’s home. Sometimes you just can’t win.