‘The Matrix’ Creator Lilly Wachowski Was Not Amused By Elon Musk’s ‘Take the Red Pill’ Tweet — ‘F*ck Both of You’
No one expected The Matrix trilogy to become part of a highly contentious political debate, and yet, here we are.
The comparison between “taking the red pill” and switching to a conservative point of view gained popularity after billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted about it to his massive audience. That tweet got even more attention when it was shared by Ivanka Trump.
But one person who wasn’t amused by the exchange was The Matrix movie director Lilly Wachowski, who had some seething commentary for both Musk and Trump.
Elon Musk sent a tweet referencing ‘The Matrix’
Musk has been especially vocal lately in his criticism against the social distancing policies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He especially takes issue with extended business shutdowns in his home state of California, which forced production to halt at his Tesla factory.
His latest controversial tweet is one in a long line of critical messages, and this one seemed to indicate Musk was changing some of his political leanings, Business Insider reported.
He wrote, “Take the red pill” with a red rose emoji, which is understood to mean aligning with conservative leanings. Those assumptions were confirmed when Trump replied with a tweet saying, “Taken!”
What does ‘taking the red pill’ mean?
These analogies stem from a scene in the 1999 sci-fi adventure film The Matrix when Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a blue pill or a red pill. Choosing blue means going back to normal life and forgetting what he’s learned. But taking the red pill will provide Neo with deeper knowledge of the lie he’s been living in his surroundings.
“Taking the red pill” has been adopted by Trump supporters as a way of promoting their messaging. But The Matrix’s co-creator is not amused.
Lilly Wachowski didn’t appreciate Musk’s tweet
One person who doesn’t appreciate the new “taking the red pill” connotations is the film’s co-creator. Wachowski replied to Trump re-posting Musk’s tweet with a terse and impactful response, saying “F*ck both of you.”
And she’s not the only one who took issue with it. Musk’s girlfriend and mother of his newborn son, Grimes, hasn’t said anything about it. But her mom, Sandy Garassino, made a public statement about the Twitter war.
“If your partner went through a challenging pregnancy and childbirth in the last two weeks…And you were over 16 years old, Would you be (sic) blaring MRA (Men’s Rights Activists) bulls**t on Twitter right now?,” she tweeted, National Post reported. The tweet was later deleted.
What does Elon Musk really think?
It’s unclear if Musk is truly thinking of switching parties or if he meant something else by his tweet. But his frustrations with the shutdowns are clear. He called shelter-in-place orders “fascist” and threatened to move his Tesla factory to a different state.
Alameda County officials eventually gave in to Musk’s demands, allowing the Fremont-based plant to open in a limited capacity. The Tesla factory had already been operating against government orders prior to getting approval to reopen.