- Elon Musk’s strange tweets have continued, with the CEO tweeting, “Take the red pill,” on Sunday.
- “Taking the red pill” is a common internet trope about an individual shifting their political views rightward.
- Musk has been using Twitter to attack what he sees as government overreach in keeping businesses shut down as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown orders continues.
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Elon Musk’s streak of strange tweets continued, with the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeting “Take the red pill” to his 34 million followers on Sunday.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2020
It grew in popularity thanks to a subreddit called TheRedPill, which is openly misogynistic. Writing about in 2013, Business Insider described the subreddits views:
Welcome to The Red Pill, an Internet community on Reddit founded on the general belief that women have it better than men. Red Pill is not a dating advice bulletin, but rather a forum for people — men, mostly — exploring an ideology that revolves almost exclusively around gender. Those who “swallow the pill” maintain that it’s men not women, who have been socially disenfranchised. Feminism is considered a damaging ideology and Red Pillers are quick to cite examples that bolster their points, some going so far as to argue that society is outright anti-male.
The tweet comes as Musk, who once tweeted he is “openly moderate,” has taken increasingly anti-regulatory tone as coronavirus has forced the shutdown of his Fremont factory. He has called stay-at-home orders “fascist,” and last Monday said he was reopening his Fremont factory and was willing to be arrested to do so.
Already conservative voices are hailing the tweet as a sign that Musk, who tweeted that he supported Democratic candidate Andrew Yang in 2019, is joining their side. Ivanka Trump quickly retweeted Musk’s tweet herself, responding, “Taken!”
—Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 17, 2020