Greta Thunberg’s tweet about Andrew Tate’s “Small Dick Energy” — part of an exchange ahead of Tate’s arrest Thursday in Romania on charges of human trafficking, rape and organized crime — hits a new level of popularity for a single tweet.
Thunberg’s tweet is fast approaching fifth all-time for likes in the first two days since Thunberg posted it on Twitter Wednesday. With more than 3.6 million likes at the time of this writing, the tweet – which asked Tate to “enlighten her” by emailing her at the fictitious email address “[email protected]’ — is now at least cemented as one of the top six most popular tweets of all time.
While Wikipedia prematurely crowned Thunberg’s tweet as the fifth most popular tweet, at the time of writing the spot still ranks among former President Barack Obama’s second most popular tweets in history. It’s his comment on the shocking death of NBA star Kobe Bryant in January 2020. This tweet generated 3,686,713 likes on the platform. Thunbergs currently has 3,638,335.
The most popular Obama tweet, at #3 on the list, garnered over 4 million likes for its message of unity in August 2017, eight months after President Donald Trump’s divisive tenure as Obama’s successor as chief executive.
Journalist Alejandra Caraballo drew attention to the Thunberg tweet on Thursday when it broke the top 25 mark on Thursday afternoon, reaching 2.8 million likes. She underestimated at the time, “It could easily make the top ten by the weekend,” declaring, “That’s absolutely legendary.”
However, there is still a long way to go before the most popular tweet of all time. The family of actor Chadwick Boseman holds the likes record with over 7 million. who posted from his account to announce his unexpected death in August 2020.
While much of the appeal of Thunberg’s tweet is based on bringing down Tate – a controversial online figure who proudly describes himself as a “misogynist” and has only recently returned to Twitter – it is also a major turning point in the developing saga to tate .
As reported by numerous news outlets, Tate’s video response to Thunberg – which garnered more than 16.4 million views (according to the Twitter View Count function) but a comparatively low 248,000 likes as of Friday – included a pizza box from a Bucharest-based pizza chain. It was initially believed that this detail allowed Romanian officials to prove Tate was in the country, consequently leading to his arrest. It has since been debunked.
Still, Thunberg delivered an additional backlash regarding the pizza box theory via Twitter on Friday, quipping, “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”
This tweet has already garnered more than 2.5 million likes in its first 14 hours on the platform and is nearing the all-time top 30 – starting at the 2.8 million mark, with a back half made up mostly of tweets from members of the Korean pop group BTS consists.
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*Initial publication: December 30, 2022 1:41 pm CST
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor and the author of two books on soccer, The United States of Soccer and I Believe That We Will Win, both from The Overlook Press. His work has recently appeared on MLSSoccer.com, The Striker Texas and Texas Highways. He lives in Austin and is also an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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