Once upon a time, Lilly and Lana Wachowski created “The Matrix.” You know, the movie where Keanu Reeves’ character Neo follows a woman with a tattoo of a white bunny into a bar and meets Trinity, who takes Neo to Morpheus, who tells Neo all about the red pill and the blue pill.
According to Reddit and 4Chan lore, the “Red Pill” is real. You take the “Red Pill” and suddenly, your mind expands, you see the world for what it truly is, and you’re never the same. As Morpheus puts it when he offers Neo the blue pill or the red pill, “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.“
Unfortunately, since this is the internet, Red Pill culture has become a cesspool of violent misogyny. Taking the Red Pill means you suddenly realize that women run the world, and men are their victims. Roosh V is (or was) the Red Pill king, and he wrote this in 2015:
I saw women wholly unconcerned with their own safety and the character of men they developed intimate relationships with. I saw women who voluntarily numbed themselves with alcohol and other drugs in social settings before letting the direction of the night’s wind determine who they would follow into a private room. I saw women who, once feeling awkward, sad, or guilty for a sexual encounter they didn’t fully remember, call upon an authority figure to resolve the problem by locking up her previous night’s lover in prison or ejecting him from school … I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.
So on Sunday, when Elon Musk tweeted out “Take the red pill” with a little rose, many people tilted their collective heads and said “Umm…” because obviously (?) Elon Musk must know what the Red Pill community is all about. And when Donald Trump’s dream date, daughter Ivanka, responded with “Taken!” those tilting heads began gently banging on desks, walls, floors, trees, really any solid object.
But we were saved by none other than Lilly Wachowski, who upon seeing these two absolute wankers referencing her movie, responded with four little words: Fuck both of you. And the Twitterverse gently sighed in relief.
Ms. Wachowski did not end there. Rather than engage in traditional Twitter wars, she shared a link to Brave Space Alliance, an LGBTQ social service organization. Lilly and Lana Wachowski are both transgender, and came out in 2016. As angry as Lilly Wachowski was with Elon and Ivanka, she chose to turn this into a positive moment, encouraging people to learn and grow and educate themselves. Which makes her 100 times a better person then Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump.