Actress Alyssa Milano takes to TWITTER to reveal she’s traded her Tesla for an electric VW to protest Elon Musk’s purchase of social media firm
- Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted that she sold her Tesla to protest against Musk
- Milano used Twitter itself to publicize her distaste for the social media platform
- She exchanged it for a VW – many pointed out the auto company’s link to Nazism
- When Musk acquired Twitter he made a commitment to promoting free speech
Actress Alyssa Milano is embroiled in another controversy after taking to Twitter to reveal she’s sold her Tesla in protest at Elon Musk’s purchase of the firm.
Seemingly oblivious to the irony of how she announced the news, the motormouth former Charmed star, 49, wrote: ‘I gave back my Tesla. I bought the Volkswagen ev.’
‘I’m not sure how advertisers can buy space on Twitter. Publicly traded company’s products being pushed in alignment with hate and white supremacy doesn’t seem to be a winning business model,’ she added.
Musk – who also owns Tesla – began acquiring Twitter in August and completed the acquisition in October. While doing so he made a commitment to increased free speech and limiting censorship.
Milano used Twitter itself to publicize her distaste for the social media platform
Since then he has been criticized for allegedly allowing Twitter to host to hate speech – but many of his most ardent critics who vowed to leave the platform remain on it.
Attention-seeking Milano has since continued to tweet in the days since her attack despite her disdain for Twitter’s new owner.
Just a few days after Milano’s tweet, Musk separately wrote on his platform: ‘If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead.’
Milano, who has long been a ‘Defund the police’ activist, has been accused of hypocrisy before when in 2020 she called the police thinking a gunman was on her $2.5million gated LA property.
It later transpired that a teenager living in her neighborhood was shooting at squirrels with an air gun, DailyMail.com was told at the time.
One of Milano’s neighbors branded her an entitled, performative hypocrite in the wake of the police incident.
The unnamed resident told DailyMail.com: ‘She can tweet those things because at the end of the day she lives behind gates in a gated community. She knows the police will come to save her.
Actress Alyssa Milano, 49, (left) alleged that Twitter had become an unfriendly platform to advertisers and was host to ‘hate and white supremacy’. Musk (right) separately wrote on Twitter a few days after Milano’s tweet: ‘If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead’
Milano’s opponents were quick to point out that VW has ties with Nazi Germany
‘But what about all those people who don’t have that luxury and live in unsafe neighborhoods? She obviously doesn’t care.’
Milano made a name for herself as an actor, appearing in films including Commando and Charmed. She also has a history of engaging in social justice activism and is a prominent supporter of the Democratic party.
To support their claims that Milano is a hypocrite, her opponents pointed out that over the last decade she has spoken positively about Musk, commending him for making valuable contributions to society.
She even tweeted at Musk in 2014 saying simply: ‘You’re amazing.’
In the wake of her recent criticism of him she addressed that comment from eight years go to say that things can change.
Back in 2014, Milano even told Elon Musk on Twitter that she thought he was ‘amazing’
‘This was a loong time ago. Things change. I thought about deleting this tweet but instead I’m going to leave it here as a reminder of how people can change,’ she wrote.
Over the weekend numerous Twitter users mocked her purchase of a Volkswagen by pointing out the historical association between the auto company and Nazi Germany.
VW was established as a German state-owned automobile company in 1937, while the country was under the leadership of Hitler’s Nazi Party.
It’s unclear what type of car Milano bought, although the only electric VW available to purchase in the United States appears to be the firm’s ID4 SUV, which retails from $38,000.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Germany in 1938