Recently Carl Thompson posted a thread where he made certain accusations. Among them were...
"...consider themselves Tesla biggest fans are very often rude and dismissive..."
"...many people here consider Tesla ownership an exclusive club that makes them better than everyone else..."
"...seemingly elitist and superior owners like these..."
I take issue with those excerpts, which were stated as unassailable facts, without evidence.
Tesla owners typically want as many people as possible to share in the experience, I've found. No elitism or superiority at all, yet they are still repeatedly accused of displaying it.
CT's post is not a good one, because it repeatedly expands upon the myth of an 'elitist exclusive' attitude that does not exist, while providing ZERO evidence of it taking place here. No one has ever told anyone here to NOT buy a Tesla because they must be excluded from the club.
• People have come here, $#!+ in the foyer of the supposed 'club', yelled "This is what I think of you all!" then complained of unfair treatment upon being shown the door. Those actions mean you have excluded yourself.
• People have come here, gave a long list of why they could never buy a Tesla, accused anyone who did buy a Tesla of being a blind misguided moronic idiot robot cultist, then been told they are correct, that Tesla wasn't right for them, and that they should stick with the products they prefer.
• People have come here, stated with strong language and in no uncertain terms that Tesla would NOT get their money until or unless a specific list of features were offered. They were told that indeed those features exist in other product lines and Tesla has shown no interest in offering them so far, but maybe they should try again when/if they do.
You may be able to find the occasional post that says something like, "A Tesla Is a 'Thinking Man's Car', and some people are unfortunately ill-equipped in that regard." It has been written in these forums that Tesla has the 'Techie Smart@$s Demographic' locked down cold. But I have not witnessed Tesla owners saying that ownership of their cars was in any way an endorsement for elitism. It is a shame that certain political movements in recent decades equate 'elite' with 'education' or even simply being 'smart'. Tesla owners I have encountered are certainly smart, but most consider themselves fortunate or lucky (maybe hard working), more so than privileged or deserving (not entitled).
I have not seen any Tesla owner claim they were 'better than' anyone else, ever. I personally find it 'rude and dismissive' to suggest they have. But please, do demonstrate by giving examples of when carlk, carlgo2, SamO, Rocky_H, Haggy, sbeggs, Pungoteague_Dave, Roamer, jordanrichard, or PhillyGal have told anyone they should buy something else BECAUSE they were BETTER THAN THEM due to being Tesla Owners. Alternatively, you can show me where any of them have stated that exclusivity is a factor in their ownership.
Go ahead. I'll wait. Because I know that in the light of truth, that false narrative fails, every time.