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This weekend, Elon Musk encouraged his followers to “take the red pill,” a concept proposed by The Matrix. And like the film’s co-creator, Lilly Wachowski, Grimes’ mother isn’t impressed with the movie reference, which has been interpreted as a dog whistle to alt-right and men’s rights activist groups.

“If your partner went through a challenging pregnancy and childbirth in the last two weeks, and you were over 16 years old, would you be blaring MRA (men’s rights activism) bullshit on Twitter right now?” Sandy Garossino wrote in a now-deleted subtweet.

Based on her Twitter activity, Garossino isn’t too happy with how the Tesla CEO has been behaving since the birth of her grandson, X Æ A-12 Musk earlier this month. She even liked a post that compared his Twitter presence to the erraticism of Kanye West circa 2018.

The tweet in question references the scene in The Matrix where Morpheus explains the Matrix to Neo. “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,” he warns, “you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

Musk was apparently using the analogy as part of his continued rejection of shelter-in-place rules implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus. While his followers may have appreciated the anti-regulatory sentiment and cinematic reference, the Matrix co-creator (and Matrix 4 solo director) Lilly Wachowski, did not. Particularly when it was retweeted by Senior Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, with a comment stating she’d “taken” it.

Wachowski replied “Fuck both of you.” The filmmaker then shared a link to the LGBTQ social service Brave Space Alliance, encouraging followers to donate “if you can.”

Weekend Staff Writer

Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.