Climate activist Greta Thunberg had a fiery response to controversial influencer Andrew Tate’s attempt to boast about his carbon-dioxide-emitting cars.
Tate, a self-described “success coach” who has been criticized online for a brand that many people describe as misogynistic, tweeted an image of himself with a car Tuesday. He addressed Thunberg directly, tagging her and writing: “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
Thunberg — who is known for her signature no-nonsense, blunt style of speaking — quipped back Wednesday. She wrote, “yes, please do enlighten me.” She then shared a fake email address at which to reach her: “email@example.com.”
Tate recently topped Google’s 2022 most-searched list in the “who is …” question category. He has been active in far-right circles for years, but he began gaining mainstream attention this year after clips from his appearances on multiple podcast episodes and Twitch streams went viral.
He’s attracted attention in large part due to his extreme statements: comparing women to property, graphically describing how he would assault a woman for accusing him of cheating, and claiming that men would rather date 18- and 19-year-olds over women in their mid-20s because the younger women would have had sex with fewer men.
In a statement provided to NBC News in August, Tate pushed back against the claim that he’s misogynistic, saying he’s created “many videos praising women” and that he encourages his audience to avoid “toxic men.”