‘The Matrix’: What Does Taking the Red Pill and the Blue Pill Mean?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sure, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss are returning to play Neo and Trinity in The Matrix 4, however the franchise is within the highlight for a wholly completely different purpose. Some high-profile celebrities, together with Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump, are utilizing the primary movie’s iconic scene as a political reference. For those that might not bear in mind, right here’s what taking the pink capsule and blue capsule means. 

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The Matrix Reloaded | Warner Bros.

The pink capsule and the blue capsule in ‘The Matrix’

In the 1999 hit film, The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is abruptly pulled from his actuality and given a alternative. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) tells Neo that he’s residing in a pretend actuality. One that was designed to maintain him ignorant and compliant. 

“It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth,” Morpheus says within the film. “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”

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Morpheus then provides Neo the choice to get up and study the reality. He presents him with two tablets: one pink and one blue. 

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe,” says Morpheus. “Take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

Of course, Neo goes on to take the pink capsule. He is pulled out of his fabricated actuality and finally fights his method out to find the last word fact about his existence and the state of the world. 

How the reference is being utilized in politics

In current years, The Matrix reference has taken on a lifetime of its personal. It is utilized by varied right-wing teams as a time period that displays sure political conservative beliefs.

In reality, in an op-ed for The Hill, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. invoked the time period whereas explaining how sure conservative teams are censored on Facebook. “‘Mainstream media,’ ‘SJW’’ (Social Justice Warrior), and ‘red pill’ — all terms that conservatives often use to express themselves — were listed as red flags,” Trump wrote. 

On varied social media platforms and subReddits, the time period “red pill” is usually related to Incel and anti-feminist males’s teams. 

‘The Matrix’ creator slams Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump for utilizing the reference

In a May 17 tweet, Space X and Tesla founder, Elon Musk inspired his followers to take the “red pill.”  Musk didn’t make clear why he wrote it. But in a response to the tech mogul’s tweet, Trump Jr. wrote, “Welcome,” seemingly assuming that Musk is switching to the Republican social gathering.

But when the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, replied to Musk’s tweet, with the phrase, “taken,” The Matrix creator Lilly Wachowski jumped in to let all of them know she wasn’t glad about them utilizing the reference. 

“F*ck both of you,” Wachowski sternly replied to their tweets. The filmmaker then shared a hyperlink to the LGBTQ group, Brave Space Alliance, and inspired her followers to donate. 

Wachowski’s sister, Lana Wachowski is directing The Matrix 4. The movie is at present in manufacturing, however as a result of COVID-19 shutdown, no official launch date has been set.

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