Over Twitter, he asked Thunberg to offer her comments on the carbon emissions of his cars.
“I have 33 cars,” he began, before listing the specifications for his Bugatti and Ferraris.
“This is just the start,” Tate, 36, continued. “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
Tate’s apparent attempt to bait Thunberg, 17, into a conversation about the impact that his vehicles have on the environment resulted in the climate campaigner responding publicly on Wednesday (28 December).
On Twitter, she replied: “Yes, please do enlighten me. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The interaction has proved entertaining for many people on Twitter, with Thunberg’s response receiving over 100,000 likes within its first hour of being posted.
“I thought I’d never see a greater tweet than ‘me and my friends would have killed ET with hammers’ and yet here we are,” comedian Sooz Kempner noted.
I have 33 cars.
My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad turbo.
My TWO Ferrari 812 competizione have 6.5L v12s.
This is just the start.
Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions. pic.twitter.com/ehhOBDQyYU
— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) December 27, 2022
Similarly entertained, journalist James Copley joked: “Hello. Yes, police please. I’d like to report the murder of Andrew Tate,” while another simply declared the tweet as “murder… in broad daylight”.
Thunberg’s response has been hailed as “Twitter at its best” by many. One user wrote: “Who’d have thought 2022 Twitter would peak so late in the day?”
Tate has been criticised for peddling “misogynistic views” and “negative presentations of masculinity”. Earlier this year, he was banned from Twitter for his content.
However, he rejoined the social media platform in November after Elon Musk took over the company and announced a new policy that promotes “freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach”.