“Matrix” co-producer Lily Wachovsky was not happy that Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump quoted her film.
On Sunday morning, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX posted a cryptic tweet saying “Take the red pill” with a red rose emoji.
Most movie buffs know that “Take the Red Pill” is a reference to the Wachovsky sisters’ sci-fi blockbuster “The Matrix”. In the movie, Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburn) reveals to protagonist Neo (Keanu Reeves) that he lives in a computer simulation. He offers Neo a choice: take a blue pill and go back to his life and forget everything or take a red pill to find out the truth about the Matrix and its fake reality.
However, the phrase “take the red pill” has taken on a new meaning in Internet savvy literature and usually refers to conservative political beliefs. This means that one’s political alignment can now be moved to the right, and it is often used in Internet forums related to Donald Trump or men’s rights groups.
Kasturi’s tweet caused a lot of controversy in the comments and by Sunday afternoon he had more than 190,000 likes. Ivanka Trump then “took!” Kastur’s tweet asked Wachovsky to respond “both of you F—”
Watchowski then shared a link to the LGBTQ social service Brave Space Alliance and called on people to donate via viral tweets.
Kasturi’s tweet is the latest in a string of bizarre social media posts. Last week, he relocated Tesla’s headquarters and threatened to sue San Francisco’s Almeida County for maintaining shelter guidelines, despite other counties relaxing them.
Watchowski is currently working on the fourth installment in the “Matrix” franchise, with Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss both returning. Production of the film was halted due to a coronavirus epidemic, but the team added eight more weeks to the resumption schedule in July.