Tesla’s problem with toxic fandom is starting to give society a bad name as some stories of attacks on other electric vehicles become commonplace.
The Detroit Free Press came out with a new article today with the headline: “Tesla owner with Mustang Mach-E reports threats on social media from Tesla fans.”
It includes several reports from new Mustang Mach-E owners and reviewers receiving disturbing comments from Tesla fans about their review of the new electric vehicle:
“” One was, like, ‘I hope the car loses control and crashes.̵7; Or ‘The car will catch fire when you drive it,’ ‘he said. “I took it as a threat. In order for you to have any kind of bad will on someone, why would you say that? Then someone sent me a private message: ‘You’re full of s ***, and I know what your Tesla looks like. If I see it … ‘The private message on Facebook was more threatening.’ ‘
Most of the comments came from the same famous Tesla fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Some of the positive reviews of Mach-E came from Tesla owners and fans who were disillusioned with the community’s response:
“Before I knew it, about 65% of the comments were just confusing to me,” he said. “Part of me wants to get rid of the Tesla just for not having the association. A few here and there, OK. But people comment and say disgusting things. ‘Do you let big oil buy you?’ and ‘How much do people pay you?’ If that’s what it takes to be a Tesla owner, why would I want to be part of that group? That’s not cool. ”
In some of the most extreme cases, people reported receiving death threats for the positive comments on the Mustang Mach-E.
Last year we released a controversial issue entitled “Tesla superfandom becomes toxic, negative for electric revolution.”
It explored the problem of the emergence of a group of Tesla super fans who create a toxic environment by trying to suppress legitimate criticism of Tesla, attack positive views of other electric vehicles and spread misinformation if it puts Tesla in a positive light.
Our article tried to highlight the problem in the community before it became too big and affects the reputation of the Tesla community.
But now regular media is taking it up. That was exactly what we were trying to avoid.
To be fair, it looks like Free press the article was run by Mike Levine, North American communications manager at Ford, who himself has had a warlike attitude towards Tesla.
Update: Levine says he had nothing to do with the article, and he was not just quoted for his comment to one of the Mach-E owners that was targeted by Tesla fans.
I think it’s worth mentioning, but that in no way excuses any of the comments from these Tesla super fans.
There’s just no excuse for that.
I’m a big Tesla fan myself. I own shares in the company. I own three Tesla vehicles that I love, but I agree that Tesla is not perfect, and there is plenty of legitimate criticism of the car manufacturer and the vehicles.
I can also appreciate other electric vehicles that are actually part of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the transition to electric cars.
I know where they come from. The media has often pushed this idea that every new EV from older automakers was “Tesla killers.”
It created a hostile perspective for other electric cars, but we know that this perspective is false, and it was just created by the media.
Two mistakes are not right, and the Tesla community needs to drown out the comments of the toxic superfans with more encouraging comments from car manufacturers who take the electrical transition seriously, and for the people who drive electrically with these vehicles.
It’s fair to compare electric cars with each other, but I ask Tesla fans not to go on the defensive when someone positively compares another EV to a Tesla vehicle.
Instead, be happy that they actually like an all-electric vehicle. Tesla will be good anyway.
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