Tesla’s problem with the toxic fandom is starting to give the community a bad name as some stories of attacks on other electric vehicles become widespread.
The Detroit Free Press came out with a new article today titled, “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 who received disturbing feedback from Tesla fans about their review of the new electric vehicle:
“” One was like, ‘I hope the car loses control and crashes.’ Or ‘The car will catch fire when you drive it,’ ”he said. “I took it as a threat. For you to have some kind of ill will with someone, why would you say that? Then someone privately texted me: ‘You’re full of shit and I know what your Tesla looks like. If I see it … ‘That private Facebook message was more threatening.’
Most of the comments came from the same known Tesla fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Some of those positive reviews of the Mach-E come from Tesla owners and fans who were disillusioned with the community’s response:
“Before I knew it, about 65% of the comments were attacking me,” he said. “Part of me wants to get rid of my Tesla just so I don’t have the association. A couple here and there, okay. But people comment and say disgusting things. Did you let me buy you oil? and ‘How much do people pay you?’ If that’s what owning a Tesla is associated with, why do I want to be a part of that group? Not well.”
In some of the most extreme cases, people reported receiving death threats for positive comments about the Mustang Mach-E.
Last year, we published a controversial opinion piece titled “Tesla Superfandom Turns Toxic, Negative for Electric Revolution.”
He explored the problem with the rise of a group of Tesla superfans who are creating a toxic environment by trying to suppress legitimate reviews of Tesla, attack positive outlook on other EVs, and spread misinformation if it puts Tesla in a positive light.
Our article tried to highlight the problem within the community before it becomes too big and affects the reputation of the Tesla community.
But now the mainstream media is catching it. That is exactly what we were trying to avoid.
To be fair, it seems like Free Press The article was led by Mike Levine, Ford’s North America communications manager, who has been combative against Tesla.
Update: Levine says he had nothing to do with the article and was not just quoted for his comment to one of the Mach-E owners who was targeted by Tesla fans.
I think it’s worth mentioning, but it in no way excuses some of the feedback coming from these Tesla superfans.
There is simply no excuse for that.
I myself am a huge Tesla fan. I own shares in the company. I have three Tesla vehicles that I love, but I agree that Tesla is not perfect and there are many legitimate criticisms against the automaker and its vehicles.
I can also appreciate other EVs that are actually part of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the EV transition.
I know where they come from. The media has often promoted this idea that every new electric vehicle from legacy automakers were “Tesla killers.”
That created a hostile outlook on other EVs, but we know this outlook is false and was created by the media.
Two mistakes don’t do good, and the Tesla community needs to drown out the comments from those toxic superfans with more encouraging comments for automakers who are getting serious about the electric transition, and for people who are going electric with those vehicles. .
It’s fair to compare EVs to each other, but I beg Tesla fans not to get defensive when someone compares another EV favorably to a Tesla vehicle.
Instead, be glad they really like an all-electric vehicle. Tesla will be fine either way.
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