Filmmaker offers influencers $100 to hit Tesla, Elon Musk.
In an advice sent by e-mail to Teslarati, one reader shared that a filmmaker hires 75-100 social media influencers to record himself bashing Elon Musk and Tesla. According to the board, which included the screenshot below, the casting call asks influencers to criticize Tesla, Elon Musk and self-driving.
The short film, titled Man vs. Musk, research “75-100 actors with a strong social media presence/following to read and record a new 10-15 minute monologue themselves.” According to the casting call, which you can find herepay will be a flat rate of $100 for approximately one hour of work.
Influencers will need to register reading the script and upload the video to social media before receiving the $100 payment. As of this writing, only two influencers have read and downloaded the script which begins with
“Hi everyone! How are you? Thanks for coming. I’m Jordan. Welcome to the ‘Man Versus Musk’ show. A comedy. A call to action. A political movement that demands our attention and focus. More on the Musk case later,”
The script that influencers record themselves reading claims that Elon Musk was intentionally deaf to distracted driving.
“In fact, he built his empire by robbing drivers of the ability to pay attention and keep their cars on the road,” the script reads.
According to the scenario, Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is the biggest distracted driver the world has ever seen. He says Elon Musk has no interest in stopping what he calls destructive driving which would require drivers not to play on their phones while driving and to change their behavior behind the wheel.
“He’s the billionaire promoter of distracted driving. It built its wealth and reputation on the promise of the self-driving car. Time and time again, Musk has said that truly autonomous driving is almost here! The day a Tesla could drive itself, which is much further away than previous estimates. Praising the virtues of Autopilot, tricking drivers into believing it’s safe to keep your eyes on the road,” reads the script.
It’s worth noting that Tesla has always insisted that drivers are alert and ready to take over when Autopilot and beta FSD are on.
As someone who has met Elon Musk, attended the FSD Beta shutdown for cyclists and pedestrians, and interviewed Tesla owners and read stories of owners whose lives have been saved by their cars, I find that this movie lacks facts.
I think the filmmaker wants to do good and sees himself as doing good, but his actions are based on misinformation and frankly, Tesla FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that is often spread by the mainstream media.
I think the focus should be on distracted driving and include facts and statistics such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recent mortality rate estimates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and compare it with Tesla’s own data.
According to the NHTSA, in 2021 there were a total of 38,824 deaths per 100 million VMT. You’re here published its own vehicle safety report for 2021 for each quarter and includes data indicating whether or not a vehicle has Autopilot enabled. According to Tesla by quarter:
- 1 accident for every 4.19 million miles traveled with the autopilot engaged.
- 1 accident for every 2.05 million miles flown without Autopilot on but with Tesla’s active safety features.
- 1 accident for every 978,000 miles flown without Autopilot and without Tesla’s active safety features.
- 1 crash for every 4.41 million miles driven with Autopilot on and Tesla Active Safety features on.
- 1 accident for every 1.2 million kilometers driven without autopilot and without Tesla’s active safety features.
- 1 crash for every 4.97 million miles driven with Autopilot on and Tesla Active Safety features on.
- 1 accident for every 1.6 million kilometers driven without autopilot and without Tesla’s active safety features.
- 1 crash for every 4.31 million miles driven with Autopilot on and Tesla Active Safety features on.
- 1 accident for every 1.59 million kilometers driven without autopilot and without Tesla’s active safety features.
For each quarter, Tesla said,
“By comparison, the most recent data from NHTSA shows that in the United States there is a car accident every 484,000 miles.”
Although Tesla has documented crashes and NHTSA has documented fatalities, Tesla’s numbers show that with its Autopilot and active safety features enabled, there are fewer incidents than without.
Personally, I find it sad and disheartening that this filmmaker doesn’t use facts or data and manipulates young people into spreading false information about Tesla, Elon Musk and self-driving for $100.
Note: Johnna is a shareholder of Tesla and supports its mission.
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