The ‘Red Pill’ reference, a well-known theme from the 1990s masterpiece of science-fiction The Matrix, has never really been away ever since US President Trump rose to power. What is worrying for the US mainstream media though, is that it is now being tweeted by Elon Musk, the CEO of a company of a very liberal product, the Tesla car.
As the New York Times stated yesterday, a liberal status symbol now has a founder who is moving to the right.
The publication, still the world’s largest newspaper, then goes on to explain how The Red Pill meme is about feminism, whereas everybody on Reddit, 4Chan and other forums always thought it was an Alt-Right reference.
“Do you want to know what it is? The matrix is everywhere. It is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, offers young hacker Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, the choice between taking a red pill or a blue pill after these words were uttered and thus finally learn the truth about the state of the world as it really is.
The Hollywood hit movie The Matrix, a Wachowski brothers (now sisters) science fiction masterpiece of the 1990s, was highly memed during the Trump campaign already, with his supporters claiming that most Americans were simply redpilled.
To them, the Matrix spells out a very simple truth: the media is biased against Trump whilst most of the people are thinking just like him. Because this is highly politically incorrect, the media wants you to think that the rest of America does not think like you; whereas most people do.
Mainstream media covered Redpill in 2018
As my US friends told me of theory this back in 2018, they invited me to watch the US late night show hosts and see how much anti-Trump they were, even though he had gotten votes from half of the country.
Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Jim Jeffries were indeed all supplied by a team of writers who clearly favored a Clinton rather than a Trump presidency. Hence, whenever a Trump supporter is met online with facts, he commonly replies with the popular online phrase you have been Redpilled.
Comedy Central famously tried to spoof the whole ‘Matrix’ revival that conservative supporters had started with a segment called ‘Redpilled: The Storm – The Opposition with Jordan Klepper’ already in March 2018.
Well for Conservatives on the internet the Matrix is shockingly still cool. You take the blue pill and the story ends, you take the red pill and we follow the white rabbit into … the Storm.
What is the Storm? … It is so big that the main hashtag associated with it has been tweeted more than five million times since last October.
Wired came to the same conclusion a few months later in their opinion article on the Redpill meme taking over social media when they wrote:
… since President Trump’s campaign and election, the ideas underpinning red-pill culture have become ever more mainstream.
And thus, the fear is that Mr Musk’s tweets of the past few weeks, a time during which he opposed the lockdowns and advised his 35 million followers to ‘take the red pill’ could just tilt the Presidential Election of November 2020 in the Republicans favor and make it very hard for Tesla owners to claim a liberal background altogether.