Musk, who has emerged as a champion of defying stay-at-home orders intended to stop the coronavirus from spreading, stirred the pot with a cryptic tweet Sunday (May 17, 2020).
“Take the red pill,” the Tesla CEO wrote to his 34 million followers.
After Musk recently named his child X Æ A-12, nothing should come as a surprise anymore. But, really, what is he talking about this time?
Well, for the uninitiated, the “red pill” is a reference to the science-fiction classic The Matrix.
Without going too far down the nerdy rabbit hole, the film’s protagonist, played by Keanu Reeves, is given a choice: He can take the blue pill and return to his regular life, or he can choose the red pill and learn the whole truth about living in a computer simulation.
Basically, blissful ignorance or hard truths.
Some followers saw it as a sign that Musk was pushing for the conservative cause. Adviser to the president (LOL) and first daughter Ivanka Trump later retweeted it, adding the word: “Taken!”
Well, Matrix co-creator Lilly Wachowski (who it is very clear does not see eye-to-eye with Trump nor Musk on most/probably almost all political issues) responded, tweeting “fuck both of you.”
So, yeah, she is NOT happy about the usage.
Wachowski also responded with a tweet to support the Brave Space Alliance, which is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago. It is dedicated to creating and providing affirming resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals.
The Trump administration has taken steps to ensure that laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex do not cover a person discriminated against for being gay or transgender.
In addition, Trump has also implemented a ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.
Wachowski is currently working on a fourth installment in the Matrix franchise, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss both returning. Production on the film halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the team added eight more weeks to the schedule to hopefully resume in July.
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