Greta Thunberg’s retort to Andrew Tate’s boastful tweet about his supercar fleet has become one of the most-liked tweets of all time in three days.
Four-time kickboxing world champion Tate tweeted Thunberg on Tuesday with a post bragging about the vast emissions of his collection of supercars. He quipped that he would need her email address to send additional details of how much his cars contributed to his carbon footprint.
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
And after taking around a day to reply, Thunberg fired back with a message of her own, which was viewed over 150 million times and hit 3.2 million likes within three days. The threshold to make the top 30 tweets was 2.7m, achieved by boyband BTS with their December 2021 tweet celebrating the birthday of member Jimin.
Tate’s original message read: “Hello Greta Thunberg. 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.”
His message was read over a 100million times and took Thunberg a day to respond to before she hit back at the former fighter with her cheeky reply, saying: “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.” Her tweet got considerably more engagement and has now become the seventh most-liked tweet in history within record time.
Thunberg’s tweet is still gaining traction, and last night overtook the first posts from US President Joe Biden and his Vice-President Kamala Harris after they were confirmed to have won the 2020 election. They both garnered around 3 million likes, which Thunberg smashed through within 72 hours of posting.
Tate has had a niche fanbase online for years through his kickboxing, podcast appearances and controversial postings about women and business. But he blew up to massive fame this year, drawing criticism for his views which have been described as misogynistic and dangerous. Earlier this year, he was banned from social media but returned to Twitter when Elon Musk bought the platform.
Yesterday, Tate was arrested in Romania and reportedly detained due to human trafficking and rape charges. Rumours are circulating that pizza boxes laid in front of Tate during his rebuttal to Thunberg had branding on them, revealing his whereabouts and leading to his arrest.
Thunberg supplied a witty quip to this latest development by tweeting the following:
this is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 30, 2022
A spokesperson for Tate said: “We cannot provide any details at the moment regarding alleged reports that they have been detained; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can.”