Tesla Removes Disney+ App As 'Temper Tantrum' Escalates Between Musk and Disney's CEO Is the move retaliation to Disney's decision to halt advertising on 'X'?
- Electrek reports that Tesla unexpectedly removed Disney+ from some of its vehicles.
- Disney had previously stopped advertising on Musk's 'X' and some think this is retaliation.
- Tesla drivers take to 'X' to complain
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Tensions appear to be escalating in the feud between Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Electric vehicle news website Electrek reports that Tesla has removed the Disney+ app from some of the vehicle's infotainment systems. Some Tesla owners have verified this story, leaving bewildered posts on social media about Disney+'s sudden disappearance.
"I can confirm that Disney+ has been removed from my Tesla Model S," tweeted Whole Mars Catalog.
I can confirm that Disney+ has been removed from my Tesla Model S.— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) December 18, 2023
Strangely, our Hardware 3 Model S on the same firmware still has it. pic.twitter.com/pEZvLU5jLN
"I am not feeling good about this decision. Shouldn't it be free will, if people decide to turn away from Disney?" wrote @enriquemoreno.
Musk vs. Iger
If true, the move comes in response to Disney pausing its advertising on Musk's social media platform 'X' after he appeared to endorse a contentious antisemitic theory online.
"Go F$% yourself," he said at the time.
Elon Musk on Disney ad revenue and Bob Iger.— Tony Stonk ™ (@DickTugging) November 30, 2023
"I hope they stop, don't advertise."
• "You don't want them to advertise?"
• "What do you mean?"
"If someone is going to blackmail with advertisers, blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself!"
"GO. FUCK. YOURSELF!" pic.twitter.com/W3CblzLW3z
Now Tesla CEO Musk appears to be putting some bite behind his bark, limiting access to Disney+ for some Tesla drivers. According to Electrek, not all Tesla owners were affected by the blackout—only those who never used the app before.
Still, the feud has left some Tesla drivers quite testy.
For example, an X user named @teslahoe tweeted: "So Disney+ has now been removed from Tesla vehicles. I'm assuming this is in retaliation to Disney pulling advertising from X (which they have every right to do). So now I, as a mom, get to deal with telling my toddlers we can't watch Disney+ while in our Tesla and deal with their upset feelings because 2 grown men can't have a civil discussion and move on."
So Disney+ has now been removed from Tesla vehicles. I'm assuming this is in retaliation to Disney pulling advertising from X (which they have every right to do).— The Tesla Hoe (@TheTeslaHoe) December 18, 2023
So now I, as a mom, get to deal with telling my toddlers we can't watch Disney+ while in our Tesla and deal with… pic.twitter.com/YYuDLQDtIc