This was followed by a video Tate tweeted of himself with a stack of pizza boxes, a hideous robe and smoking a cigar, telling Thunberg to “get a life.”
Folklore has turned this exchange into a cautionary tale. A Romanian pizzeria contact was seen on the boxes and shortly afterwards Romanian police arrested Tate and his brother and later two young women accused of involvement in a shocking sex trafficking case. Thunberg tweeted: “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes”.
But unfortunately, says Snopes, my favorite fact-checking site, officials say the pizza boxes have given Romanian law enforcement no clue as to the whereabouts of misogynist Andrew Tate. No, it was a months-long investigation. The fable is funny but untrue, said a spokesman for the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate.
Aside from the usual Red Pill maniacs (so called because of The Matrix film franchise. Keanu, can’t you do something?) on social media platforms, the average user thought Thunberg had won that ridiculous fight. How do I prove she won? It’s all in the metrics: Greta’s 3.9 million likes versus Tate’s 231.7k likes.
From a global perspective, Thunberg is about money: repair, reuse, recycle, work to protect the environment. Many more of us believe that we should try to do good, to live with nature. Even if we don’t know it, we are followers of Seneca, who offered us good friendships in which we learn from each other. Seneca urges us to choose excellence over “incellence”*, progress over hate habits.
Tate’s thinking is perfectly aligned with genuine misogyny, and I’m afraid he’s fueled a resurgence of misogyny. Tate says women are owned by men. Thunberg urges us to take action on climate change to save humanity.
We need more Gretas: smart, feisty, funny, committed to making life better for all of us. And less Andrews: full of rage, seeking power over others. This is how we make it possible. Seneca wrote about eudaimonia, the art of human flourishing. Only Thunberg wants that. Poor sad Tate wants to infect others with his hatred. I know where I want to go this year. Let’s ignore bad behavior and invest in hope for the future. Greta for the win. Imperfect in our efforts, but at least we try.
*Incelence is a noun derived from the word incel, the group of people almost synonymous with Tate’s followers. Sad people, sad life.
Jenna Price is a regular columnist.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/smart-and-humane-versus-hateful-and-toxic-we-need-more-thunbergs-and-fewer-tates-20230101-p5c9qj.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_politics_federal We need more people like Greta Thunberg and fewer like Andrew Tate