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Anti-Tesla flyerWe'd like to give our heartfelt thanks to Ryan Block, former editor of Autoblog sister site Engadget, for sharing on Twitter one of the wackiest bits of anti-Tesla writings we've every come across. This is well beyond the anti-Tesla rage that once dominated conservative media coverage – it steps fully into tinfoil hat territory. We're not doctors, but perhaps someone needs lithium in its pharmaceutical form.

Did you know, for example, that, "By driving a Tesla, you are involved in organized crime"? Or that, "By driving a Tesla, you are saying you have no morals"? Or even that, "By driving a Tesla, you are supporting spying?"

Yes, friends, all this and more is explained (somewhat) in a small-font pamphlet that Block found, photographed and put up on Twitter yesterday. According to Block, the flyers have been distributed around San Francisco, being left anonymously on the windshields of parked Teslas. We can't quite follow all of the logic thrown together here, but it appears that someone is mad at the electric vehicle manufacturer for its ties to the government, Google and the media.

Then there's this: "Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk." We don't know if Tesla drivers are as extreme as all that, but there was at least one Model S driver who was recently spotted doing some odd moves in and out of his sunroof (see video below). Did we mention that Model S seats are known to cause "anal itching"? Maybe it's all part of the conspiracy.



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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get a good laugh at Repubs here claiming LI batteries are a pollution problem, while they DESTROY PA with Fracking, and illegal dumping of fracking waste, their oil pipelines leak like sieves, and their oil trains derail daily. Yet, not a PEEP of Concern? So, Oil is 1,000,000 Times WORSE, and yet not one PEEP. Ratio, Republicans can be easily fooled by a poor Math Education.
        someone
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Just stop using natural gas and oil. That will show them.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is a disgrace, honestly, a huge disgrace. I consider myself a far right conservative. I am also one of teslas biggest fans. Many of my fellow right wingers, however, seem to not share this love and I don't understand why. Companies like tesla are the true American dream. A man with a vision decided to try to make it in this world and despite opposition has been very successful in an arguably oligopoly competition market. His ethics towards his workers are phenomenal and the company does A LOT of good in this world. Tesla shows how free market capitalism CAN work. Tesla stands for everything TRUE conservatives believe in. But because they are a green industry company they get attacked by asinine right wingers at every turn. It's absurdity. (My liberal friends, this is not an attack towards you; this is only criticizing the conservatives against tesla.)
      • 8 Months Ago
      So any nut job with a printer and no real job can basically be indirectly published and heard across multiple "reputable" sites on the internet for having made a flyer?! I can't figure out whether people are so outraged that they had to write about this idiot or that they're just so desperate to have Tesla news that anything qualifies. Do you know how you make an idiot look like and feel like an idiot? by ignoring him! so please stop reporting and/or talking about a lunatic's ramblings!
      BG
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, this guy is good. His tirade could be reused, with minor noun changes, for the Chevy Volt (hey, what have we not heard much hate talk about the Volt recently?), or wind farms, global warming, evolution (Gasp!), and other such topics. Well, possibly windmills do not cause anal itching, but global warming certainly could (heat = fungus).
      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      ... and Teslas never made it to Bengazi in time because they did not have enough range.
      cyb
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's sad to see that auto blog brings the politics to the car enthusiast blog. I consider myself conservative (and no I'm not uneducated hick from the woods) and some comments in this article are actually offensive. There are bigots on boths sides of the political arena. Some religious some anti religious. Those are quite often most vocal. But putting everyone into one basket is just ignorant and discriminatory. Providing free publicity to people like that just fuels the society divide. We should work toward the common good not the opposite. BTW: I love Tesla (awesome piece of engineering), I'm a geek and it does not change the fact that I'm conservative architect.
        BipDBo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cyb
        I am a conservative engineer. I like to live "treading light". I appreciate innovative machines, especially efficient machines. I also cheer a bit more for domestic US innovation. So I'm a fan of Tesla, and the Volt. I'm with you that there is far too much, inaccurate stereotyping of conservatives.
        BipDBo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cyb
        I'm a conservative engineer. I like to try to "tread light" and I like efficient and innovative machines. I'm with you in saying that there far too much stereotyping of conservatives that is just not accurate.
        jeff
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cyb
        Not all conservatives are anti-EV. It is sad that 90% of them make the other 10% look bad on this issue...
        Lantern42
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cyb
        I don't see an issue with calling out the fact that is was other who describe themselves as "conservatives" that have been on the warpath against Tesla from its inception. There's criticism from the right regarding Tesla's use of gov't subsidies, completely ignoring the fact that oil companies (the ostensible alternative to electric vehicles) take far larger subsidies. Our problem should be stupidity, and we should be calling it out regardless of it's source.
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this BYD's new marketing campaign? If so, it's the highest quality product I've seen from them yet.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      anal itching in SF is not uncommon, even when not in a Tesla
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was it signed by "goodoldgorr"?
        bluepongo1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        No, the flyer wasn't in broken english, your post made me laugh along with the Dan F references in the comments. The flyer actually made me think of Dr. Rotation because he has said he is in CA, the others who spin anti-Tesla are usually from other countries ( Canada / gorr, Denmark / Dan, Australia / Marco & etc.) . BTW I have to look into a " drugs, strange sex & risk "- variant Model XXX - type .... i'll pass on the " anal itching" option though. ;-)
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fall into senility of the right wing mind, is now becoming an epidemic. So, really, is it the mercury in the water, or do we see MAD COW in the general population now or what. Funny, how money to autopsy people has dried up. We have an Real Epidemic here, and the government is doing NOTHING.
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      While it is a garbage product from a dishinest and garbage company that is going to fail (ie: Fisker 2.0).........that is a bit much. And serisouly AB...why are you giving this clown his 15 minutes? This is not news about the auto industry. You've really let your standards slide.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the naked guy is the actual owner or did he climb into the car and the owner is the guy standing next to the car trying to talk the crazy guy out of his car. The crazy guy seems comfortable with climbing in and out of the car. I'd sure as hell bail out of the car if a crazy guy jumped into my car.
        Joeviocoe
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Latex gloves and the ambulance give hime away as the paramedic.
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Still doesn't mean the naked guy is the owner. He could be, but probably not.
        Brodz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        The man trying to talk him out of the car is a paramedic I believe.
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