The Matrix star, Hugo Weaving, has spoken out to address the alt-right.
For years, the alt-right has used The Matrix‘s “red pill” symbol for their own agenda. Weaving emphasizes in a recent interview that these individuals are missing the point of the film, altogether.
Going back to the original Matrix scene, here’s the breakdown of the red pill symbol: The characters are presented with a choice between taking a red pill, revealing an unpleasant truth, or taking a blue pill and remaining in blissful ignorance. Red-pilling has since become a term used online to describe a conversion to extreme, far-right views.
This past May, Elon Musk took to Twitter to encourage his followers to “take the red pill.” The tweet prompted a response from Ivanka Trump, who responded, “Taken!”
The Matrix co-director Lilly Wachowski expressed her disapproval, replying to Trump, “F— both of you.”
The actor describes the situation as being due to people failing to actually learn about the meaning of things.