“The Matrix” co-creator Lilly Wachowski blasted Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskWarren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion The cold truth on energy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE and White House adviser Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Disaster politics hobble Cruz, Cuomo MORE on Sunday for invoking the “red pill,” a metaphor popularized by the sci-fi film series.

Musk, who has been a vocal critic of California’s lockdown orders and threatened to move Tesla production to Texas, tweeted “Take the red pill” over the weekend.


“Taken!” Trump said in response to Musk’s tweet, prompting Wachowski, who co-wrote and co-directed the film trilogy, to respond “F--- both of you.”


In a follow-up tweet, she urged her followers to support the BraveSpace Alliance, an LGBTQ social-services organization based in Chicago.

The phrase "take the red pill" derives from a scene in "The Matrix" in which the protagonist, Neo, is offered a pill that allows him to see past the truth of his world. Another "blue" pill would allow him to live in ignorance of his true surroundings.

It has since been adopted on the right as a metaphor for facing unpleasant truths over comforting illusions, initially by opponents of feminism and later by people describing their politics shifting right in general.