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The Internet can be a weird place sometimes, especially on YouTube. There's a whole world of content out there.
Most carmakers pay big bucks to have their brands promoted on popular channels. Other times, content creators will go out of their way to disparage big brands like Tesla. According to Autoevolution, that’s what happened with well-known influencer Danny Duncan and a Tesla Model 3.
Meet Danny Duncan
If you're over a certain age, you've probably never heard of Danny Duncan before. Duncan is a 29-year-old YouTuber from Florida. His channel is wildly successful and currently has about 6.2 million subscribers.
The channel's content is a blend of sketch comedy and observational humor, the material being very popular with adolescent boys. While it would be easy to dismiss Danny Duncan for being crude and immature, he follows in a long line of comics who have done the same.
A lot of his comedy involves the destruction of otherwise perfectly good products, including a Tesla Model 3.
Why did Danny Duncan destroy his Tesla?
Duncan has had something of a “rivalry” with his Model 3. It all started in July, when Duncan smashed the center display in his Model 3, and the video got lots of clicks. Like every other content creator, Duncan knew he had to raise the stakes to keep the audience engaged.
This video was followed by one titled "I Cut The Roof Off My Tesla!" To be fair, the title is a bit misleading. Instead of wanton craftsmanship, Duncan took his Tesla to a shop for the roof to be professionally removed. In a way, you could say Duncan had a custom Tesla convertible.
However, the life of the Tesla convertible would be short-lived. This January, it would be featured in its final video, titled "We Blew Up My Tesla! (Try this at home)." True to the title's name, Duncan really did blow up a Tesla using an application of tannerite that was detonated with a rifle shot.
Isn't this destruction wasteful?
For those of us who are struggling to make car payments, it can be infuriating to see an influencer destroy a Tesla for clicks. While this is an understandable knee-jerk reaction, Danny Duncan isn't the first person to destroy a car for entertainment.
For just about every car chase scene you've seen on TV or in a movie, there were dozens of destroyed cars in the production. Whether it be the Dukes of Hazard or any Fast and Furious installment, a lot of popular media leaves behind a trail of vehicular carnage. The only difference with Danny Duncan is that he isn’t affiliated with Hollywood.
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