If there’s anything I love *ahem* to hear more about Tesla Motors than how great they are, it has to be when (insert famous person here) talks about how much they don’t like it.
Part of the problem is that the media tends to blow things way out of proportion. Consequently, investors go crazy, driving stock prices down. Take, for example, a story that came out in February, in the New York Times, admittedly a famous publication. John Broder went out on a run in a Tesla Model S and came back with a scathing review. After this review went public, stock prices and order cancellations may have accounted for a Tesla Motors losses on the order of nearly $500 million.
George Clooney, another decidedly famous person, used to own a Tesla Roadster, which was auctioned off last year for charity. In an interview, posted in Esquire magazine, Clooney quipped “I had a Tesla… I think I was, like, number five on the list. But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing [a Tesla Roadster]. And I said to them, ‘Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the *beep* road? Make it work, one way or another.’” Here’s Bloomberg TV’s take on it…
You’re kidding me, right? The Tesla Roadster was one of those first-adopter electric vehicles. I’m sure that Clooney was the only Roadster owner who experienced problems. He should have expected problems with such a new vehicle from a new automaker. Seems like a strange time to complain about it, but then, the interview wasn’t aimed at exposing Tesla Motors. It may have been an offhand remark, but Elon Musk shot back on Twitter, “In other news, George Clooney reports that his iPhone I had a bug back in ’07.”
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