Influencer Andrew Tate stated that he would give IDR 15.5 billion in cash every month to Elon Musk. (Photo: Business Insider)
JAKARTA – Influencer Andrew Tate said he would give cash worth USD 1 million or IDR 15.5 billion every month to Elon Musk after several large companies withdrew their advertising campaigns on the X platform, due to accusations of being anti-Jewish. However, this amount is far from enough to help Musk.
“You don’t need other advertisers. Just tell me where to pay @elonmusk,” wrote Andrew Tate in X quoted from Business Insider, Tuesday (21/11/2023).
The former kickboxer has been known as a supporter of Elon Musk. The billionaire restored Tate’s rights in X when he took over the company in October 2022. Tate was initially banned for life in 2017 when Jack Dorsey was at the helm.
Since returning to X, Tate has made a significant amount of money. He claimed to receive USD 20,000 during one payment.
Major brands including Disney, Apple and IBM stopped advertising on
“You have told the real truth,” Musk said along with the post. He also posted several other comments, including agreement that “reverse racism” is against white people, and that what children are taught about slavery in school is bullshit.
Musk’s post prompted condemnation and an advertising pull, but he remained firm in his opinion, labeling advertisers as the biggest oppressors of free speech rights. He also firmly denies being anti-Semitic. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I want only the best for humanity and a prosperous and attractive future for all,” he said.
His attitude also received support. Several right-wing figures stepped in to express support for Musk, including Seth Dillon, CEO of the satirical site Babylon Bee, and commentator Tim Pool. Tate was among them and claimed that he would fund Musk’s advertising needs.
While Tate’s offer seems extraordinary, the amount is small compared to the amount X is getting from one of the major advertisers, Apple, which is about $100 million by 2022, as reported by Bloomberg.
However, whether Tate actually has the funds to fill the gap left by the big companies is another question.
Tate has previously claimed to be a trillionaire, but many suspect he exaggerates his wealth. Sources from Romania’s DIICOT agency, the agency currently investigating Tate, told The Sun the value of the assets seized from him and his brother Tristan, including luxury cars, watches, property and Bitcoin, totaled around £10 million (USD12.4 million).