Shark Tank guru Steve Baxter has fired back at viewers on Twitter after some took issue with his abrupt manner last night.
Baxter, who grilled several entrepreneurs last night, also argued with Naomi Simson who attempted to defend one early-level inventor.
On social media some viewers accused him of belittling women and “mansplaining”:
You don’t have to be such an arsehole Steve. 😕 #SharktankAU
Steve’s aggressiveness that gets worse week on week is disgusting. Use to be a huge fan, no more.
Steve needs to stop mansplaining to women entrepreneurs
The way you speak down to the women who present themselves to you as if you’re their superior is disgusting. I’m always very mindful of TV’s editing and viewer’s perception but it’s hard to believe you’re a victim of post-production when you spew so much vitriol and negativity.
I thought Naomi v Steve was last week? #SharkTankAU
Man Steve Baxter is brutal on @sharktankau proclaiming to be a tech guru, it’s time for Steve to accept the fact he was a tech guru in the nineties, but he is being incredibly arogant and rude to this Nadi X lady, it’s appalling.
No wonder Australians don’t take the risk to open businesses when you have arrogant sharks like Steve be littling people on TV, not a shark, a toadfish!!!
I’m so sick of Steve being rude and arrogant to Naomi and the other contestants. Can he be replaced?
What a rude p***k Steve Baxter @sbxr was to this lady! How about showing some respect to women! He was aggressive and offensive for no reason! #auspol #metoo @TenNewsSydney
The more I watch #SharkTankAU the more I think Steve is an INTJ personality
But others defended his abrupt manner:
I like how Steve tells it like it is and doesn’t mince his words
Sharknado Steve is tearing it up
I’m with Steve.. can’t believe I said that 😂
Baxter himself, who regularly engages with viewers, gave as good as he got to TEN viewers on the social media platform:
Yeah well tell me which bit where I (and the rest of the men) are disgusting sexist pigs else go away. Your comments so far make you look like an anonymous man hater.
You have a poor attitude to employers. Easy to tar with same brush, lose the prejudice.
Mansplaining? When? What did I say? I call BS btw, not a defensive question.
Bully? We see far more entrepreneurs who produce, sell at markets, get into independent stores etc…. no reason for no progress when you pitch an investor.
You an expert? Tell us how they work? The person pitching for $1.8m HAD NO IDEA.
Yes we do. Stop watching then if you don’t like it…. or complain about it on twitter.
Be littling … one word – belittling At least I use my real name… you should back your rude comments with convictions and name yourself!
I am on no meds. Why would you say that? Childish brat…. and you think I am off meds! You seem to not even use your real name!
Last year Baxter told TV Tonight, “I have a merry band of online trolls, they’re pretty funny. If you go on Facebook and people have a go at you I ‘Like’ them, which must drive them insane.
“They call me ‘nasty’, or ‘sexist’, or ‘something-ist.’
“I’m a huge believer of the freedom of the internet. But you can go into an online room and have a conversation, or you can just as easily leave the room and ignore them. So I choose to leave. If they are being nasty to me I don’t have to listen to them.
“They have a right to free speech and I respect that, but it doesn’t mean I have an obligation to listen to them.”