Did Alyssa Milano's "temper tantrum" over Elon Musk cost her $13 million? No, that's not true: This satirical article was published by a website connected to the satire network, America's Last Line of Defense, which clearly identifies its content as untrue and not to be taken seriously.
The story appeared in an article published by dunning-kruger-times.com on January 8, 2023, titled "Alyssa Milano's Temper Tantrum Over Elon Musk Has Cost Her $13 Million...So Far" (archived here). It opened:
She just couldn't stay out of it. Alyssa Milano, who nobody would remember at all if it weren't for her crazy left-wing extremism, has sent her life into ruin just to try to make a point. She traded in her Tesla for a Volkswagon, which didn't turn out well, then she challenged the most powerful man in the world to a battle of wits.
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AlyCrowd Brutally Mocking Alyssa Milano for Giving Back Tesla to Protest His Twitter Takeoverssa Milano's Temper Tantrum Over Elon Musk Has Cost Her $13 Million...So Far
She barked up the wrong tree for sure.
The satirical story is spun from a real tweet posted by Milano on November 26, 2022, embedded below (archived here). Critics, including conservative comedians the Hodgetwins, as well as Elon Musk, responded to Milano as reported on mediaite.com in an article, "Crowd Brutally Mocking Alyssa Milano for Giving Back Tesla to Protest His Twitter Takeover." Milano had tweeted:
I gave back my Tesla.-- Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 26, 2022
I bought the VW ev.
I love it.
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.
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