George Clooney can help a brand. He also has the potential to hurt a brand, says a commentator on Bloomberg TV's Weird Wall Street show. While Tesla Motors and its stock price are facing a lot of scrutiny right now after the third Model S fire, the Bloomberg TV segment doesn't mention the specific Tesla model that George Clooney was driving. It wasn't a Model S – it was a Roadster. Still, the short segment was aired at a time when the Tesla brand is losing some luster.
Clooney has long been a fan of electric vehicles and for a while owned a Tango as well as a Tesla Roadster. Last year, Clooney had his Roadster auctioned off and gave the proceeds to one of his charities, the Satellite Sentinel Project. Bloomberg TV makes reference to an Esquire magazine interview with Clooney where he said he wasn't a fan of Tesla cars. He'd been stranded in his Tesla and said, "Look guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the (blank) road?"
Despite all this, the Weird Wall Street hosts seem to be most disappointed with Clooney for referring to himself as "one of the first 'cats' with a Tesla." Tesla CEO Elon Musk snarked out a Tweet about the issue: "In other news, George Clooney reports that his iPhone 1 had a bug back in '07." You can watch the brief segment below.