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Pokimane calls Andrew Tate controversy “rise of the incels”

By Olivia Richman


Sep 3, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Imane “Pokimane” Anys shared strong takes on Andrew Tate right after returning from her hiatus.

Pokimane returned from a month-long break with a brand new view on content creation and streaming. During her hiatus, a lot of things went down in the streaming sphere. One of the most controversial issues was surrounding Andrew Tate, an outspoken influencer that’s been banned from most social media platforms for hateful, sexist, and potentially dangerous rhetoric.

Many big-name streamers like Felix “xQc” Lengyel and Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker hosted streams with Tate to debate his controversial takes. This instead spread his influence further.

“A lot of these attacks against me are disguised under the virtue of caring about women. But none of these people attacking me care about women. None of them donate to women’s charities. None of them donate to charity like I do,” Tate said on Vimeo during a “goodbye” message.

Despite saying goodbye, Pokimane decided to share her feelings about the entire situation now that she’s back online.

Pokimane voices concern over Andrew Tate content

Pokimane was featured on an episode of the H3 podcast recently where she discussed Tate with Ethan and Hila Klein.

“I left and throughout that month, that’s when Andrew Tate became more popular. Then I think God did me a solid, for real. Right before I came back, gonezo!” Pokimane exclaimed.

Pokimane was watching all the drama from afar, she said, noting that it felt like the “rise of the incels.” It was so concerning, Pokimane considered coming back to comment on the situation.

The TikTok creator explained that Tate’s popularity with young men is “sad,” adding that she was “surprised” to see misogynist content become so popular. Pokimane said that Tate’s rhetoric also resulted in harassment.

“Something I don’t think people discuss enough is, clearly there must be a lot, especially young men, who for some reason resonate with what Andrew Tate is saying. Why is that, and are there any takeaways we can take from that in order to have things not snowball so far out of control in the future?” Pokimane questioned.

The streamer added that it makes her “kind of scared” since she is in an industry adjacent to Tate’s audience.