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.
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.
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.
‘This was a long 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.
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.
“She can say what she wants about me,” said Musk, “but don’t trash the Tesla. The government has billions and billions invested in the company and when you disparage it, you open yourself up to lawsuits.”
Experts predict that Milano will either settle or lose, costing her the bulk of the $700K she still hasin the bank from “Charmed.” She says she’s not concerned, however, and that Musk’s day will come. “The power of the woke will come for Elon Musk,” she said at a wokeness rally in San Fransisco, “and if we stay strong, nobody will ever buy a Tesla again.” Musk’s lawyers served her a cease and desist at the end of the rally.