Elon Musk’s reaction to an anti-Semitic post caused a stir among some Tesla fans.
Musk called a post accusing Jewish communities of anti-white hate the “real truth.”
Some Tesla owners and investors said they want to sell their cars and shares for this reason.
Some Tesla owners are drawing conclusions from Elon Musk’s recent online scandal. The businessman had supported an anti-Semitic tweet.
Seven current and potential Tesla owners contacted by Business Insider have announced that they are planning or actively considering selling their vehicles or Tesla shares. Others say they no longer want to buy the brand after years of believing in Musk and his company. Other Tesla owners have made similar comments online.
After Musk supported an anti-Semitic post, his supporters walked away
Background: Musk responded to an anti-Semitic post on Wednesday, calling it “the real truth.” The post came from a user who claimed that “Jewish communities” fuel “anti-white hate” and that Western Jews specifically support “hordes of minorities” who they “don’t particularly like.” This claim is reminiscent of the “Great Swap” conspiracy theory, which posits that minority immigrants are displacing white populations in Western countries.
Musk’s support for the post quickly sparked backlash, including threats of a boycott against Tesla and a Facebook co-founder calling for his resignation. Even some of his most loyal followers reacted strongly to his post. Many of them said the problem was not the cars, but Musk.
A potential Tesla customer: “Elon makes it difficult for you to want to buy a Tesla.”
“The car is brilliantly designed and incredibly functional,” Peter, a 2022 Tesla Model 3 owner from Vermont who asked to be identified only by his first name, told Business Insider. “However, unless Musk leaves Tesla, I will not be purchasing any more of their products and, unfortunately, I am considering selling my near-perfect Model 3.” Peter added that Musk is “actively alienating customers from him,” describing Tesla customers as “relatively liberal and centrist.”
Arthur Kulak told Business Insider that he owns Tesla stock and is still debating whether or not to sell his shares in the company. He gave Musk some advice: “Shut up.”
Tesla will hold a delivery event for its long-awaited Cybertruck later this month. There is great expectation and reservations have already been made for the Cybertruck. One person told Business Insider that Musk’s contributions were enough to force him to cancel his reservation. “Elon makes it difficult for you to want to buy a Tesla. It’s a shame,” he said in an email.
An investor wants to trade in his Model Y for a Tesla competitor
Tesla investor Ross Gerber, who owned $74 million (about €68 million) worth of Tesla shares this spring, said in a post on X that he plans to sell his Model Y to Tesla competitor Rivian. .
Another “angry and horrified” Tesla owner told Business Insider that he already talked to his financial advisor about selling his Tesla shares after voluntarily investing in the company for more than a decade. The owner of the Model Y, who asked not to be identified, said he received messages from his family begging him to get rid of his car.
There were similar conversations on Reddit, where one user suggested that Musk’s time as Tesla CEO should soon come to an end. “I think his time has really passed and Tesla would not collapse without him. “I think replacing it would be a very good thing in the long run,” the Reddit post said.
Online comment site Citron Research, founded by Andrew Left, wrote a post on its official X account condemning Musk’s stance. It’s unclear if the account is run personally by Left, but the post explains a shift from admiration for Musk to a call for “responsibility.”
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