On Sunday Elon Musk tweeted out a cryptic suggestion to his 34 million Twitter followers admonishing them to “take the red pill.” One of his fans is the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who, as it happens, has “taken” the red pill and informed Mr. Musk with a quick reply to his provocative tweet. The allusion to the “red pill” harkens back to the 1999 film “The Matrix” written and directed by a Hollywood creative tandem then commonly referred to as the Wachowski Brothers. The story turns when the film’s anxious hero, Neo, is offered the choice of taking the red pill and learning the ugly truth about his reality or taking a blue pill and staying relatively comfortable in his ignorant somnambulance. Neo takes the red pill and the effect of this medication reveals a horrible “reality” far different than the simulated world of the matrix which is written, programmed and presented to its audience like… like… like a movie.
The Wachowski’s, as they are now known since transitioning to women and dropping the Bros. descriptor, were allowed to mainline a bookshelf full of post-modernist existential philosophy and cyberpunk nihilism into the minds of teenage boys all over the world. The film posed difficult ontological questions in the context of an absurdly irrational world and the only resolution the protagonist could come up with to “win” was to commit mass murder in an act of terrorism. So there is a tongue-in-cheek humor about the red pill term because the film “The Matrix” is the matrix and that wisdom can not be attained through a pill.
The irony of the red pill meme Is that the symbolism of the “awakening” the pill engenders has been stolen from the anarchistic Left wing and used by Alt-Right pranksters on 4chan and social media. The “occupy” social justice warriors are not known for their sense of humor about anything and, in this particular case, there is a commonly used aphorism that “the. Left can’t meme” to highlight their impotence in fighting back against the rising MAGA red tide. The red pill/blue pill dialectic gives the consumer a binary choice and implies a fundamental on/off understanding of reality.
It’s amazing that Lilly Wachowski, who co-wrote ”The Matrix”, has such a limited vocabulary when voicing her objections to the either/or choices that modern life often demands. And even with all the estrogen and girly clothes she speaks like a drunken sailor – not very lady like. But that’s life in the matrix of Clown World where the entertainment teenagers consume is created by semi-literate transgender “artists” who refuses to fill out a 2020 census because the federal government is still too red, white and blue. Go ahead Elon, take the red pill… and then what?
The red pill is a shorthand for ignoring the #FakeNews Media, popular zeitgeist and the NPC’s in daily life who demand conformity to Liberal Supremacy. It falls into the same category of symbolic stick in the eye as the okay hand sign or Pepe the frog which are captured by the Right wing smarty pants jokers and transformed into something menacing and funny. Elon Musk is learning how ineffective taking the red pill is when he’s got to live and run a business in a clown pilled world. Lilly Wachowski is taking the blue pill and wishing that everything would just go back to the way things were in 1999.