Lilly Wachowski angrily responded to Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump’s Twitter banter
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will both return for the fourth Matrix film
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The Matrix director Lilly Wachowski has hit out at Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump on Twitter for referencing her 1999 film and the “red pill” term that she co-created.
Musk, who has recently become a father, posted a red rose emoji on Twitter and wrote alongside it: “Take the red pill”.
The billionaire followed it up with a meme featuring Laurence Fishburne’s character from The Matrix, and joked about taking both night and day flu relief at the same time.
US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, quickly replied to his first tweet, writing: “Taken!”.
Director Wachowski responded to Trump’s tweet, writing: “F*** both of you.”
The red pill/blue pill concept comes from the first of the Matrix trilogy, when Morpheus, played by Fishburne, offers Keanu Reeves’ character Neo the chance to learn the truth.
In the well-known movie scene, Morpheus says: “This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. 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: you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
In the film, Neo chooses to take the red pill and join the rebellion.
The red pill concept has been adopted online by right wing groups and men’s rights activists since the film’s release.
Wachowski, who came out as transgender in 2016, followed up her response by sharing a link to the Brave Space Alliance, a Chicago LGBTQ support centre.
“Support @BSAllianceChi if you can,” she wrote.
The fourth Matrix movie, which is directed by Wachowski’s sister, Lana, had been due for release this week, but is now understood to have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Keanu Reeves and Canadian actress Carrie-Ann Moss will both reprise their roles in the film.
Tesla boss Musk meanwhile has recently ignored government rules, reopening his California plant despite orders to stay closed during the coronavirus lockdown.
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In September 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk when he tweeted, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” The Federal agency claimed that the tweet, made in August, was propagating false statements to the public regarding a buyout deal for his company, Tesla, Inc. Both Musk and the company were fined $20 million each and he had to relinquish his position as the chairman for three years.
Here are some facts you may not have known about the inventor-entrepreneur.
Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 28, 1971, to Maye, a model and nutritionist, and Errol, an engineer, pilot and sailor.
At the age of nine, Musk taught himself computer programming. Three years later, he created a space-themed video game – “Blastar.” The source code for the BASIC-based game was published in South African magazine “PC and Office Technology” for $500.
In 1995, when he only 24 years old, Musk began reading for a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Materials Science from Stanford University in California, U.S. He left – after two days – to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the then-emerging software industry.
That same year, Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2, a web-based city guide for newspapers. The start-up was funded by a small group of investors, one of whom was reportedly their father. However, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in November 2017, Musk denied his father provided any financial assistance.
Either way, four years after founding Zip2, computer products and services giant Compaq bought the software for $307 million. Musk’s share of the deal was a check for $22 million.
In November 1999, Musk used $12 million from the sale of Zip2 to co-found X.com, an online banking company. The following year, it merged with rival firm Confinity and, two years later, it was renamed PayPal. In 2002, PayPal was bought by eBay for a massive $1.5 billion, albeit against Musk’s advice. Nevertheless, the “real-life Iron Man” still made a profit on X.com, turning his initial $12 million to $180 million.
(Pictured) With PayPal co-founder and former CEO, Peter Thiel (L) in 2000.
In 2003, Musk co-founded Tesla Motors (later renamed Tesla, Inc.). As a company, Tesla’s stated mission has been to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future. On that note, in 2008 Tesla debuted the Roadster sports car.
Powered by electronic motors, Tesla claims the new version (expected to be available in 2020) is “the quickest car in the world,” with a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 kph). Tesla’s other cars include the Model S, the Model X and the Model 3.
(Pictured) At the launch of Tesla Model X all-electric crossover SUV in September 2015.
Musk is also founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX, a space exploration company involved in the development and manufacturing of spacecraft and rockets. Founded in 2002, it took SpaceX only six years to develop and launch Falcon 1 – the first privately-developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle. Four years after that, it created history again – the Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to deliver cargo to and return from the International Space Station (ISS).
Superhero fans will love this – Robert Downey Jr., the actor who brought Tony Stark, the cinematic “Iron Man,” to life – may have been inspired by Musk. In fact, the latter actually made a cameo in “Iron Man 2” (2000), where he meets Stark at a party and tries to discuss the idea of an “electric jet.”
Did you know Musk owns Wet Nellie – a custom-built submarine from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977)? The movie prop was built around the body of a Lotus Esprit S1 sports car and cost in excess of $700,000 when bought at auction in 2013.
Apart from his “Iron Man 2” (2000) cameo, Musk has also made appearances in TV shows – “The Simpsons” (2015), “The Big Bang Theory” (2015), “South Park” (2016) and “Young Sheldon” (2017). His only other movie appearance was in “Why Him?” (2016).
(Pictured) With Simon Helberg in “The Big Bang Theory.”
For the record, Musk earns approximately $37,000 per year as CEO of Tesla, Inc. He’d prefer not to draw a salary at all, but California law prohibits earning less than the minimum wage. That said, according to a March 2018 report, Musk stands to earn over $50 billion in stock and awards over the next few years.
Musk believes humanity must expand its frontiers to include building civilizations in space, because the earth will probably become uninhabitable. In an article published in the academic journal New Space, Musk warned of an “eventual extinction event” for humankind, later tweeting: “Humanity is not perfect, but it’s all we’ve got.”
He thinks Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be the “most serious threat to the survival of the human race.” Speaking at a symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he said: “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”
Despite (or perhaps because of) his reservations, Musk is co-founder and co-chairman of OpenAI, a “non-profit AI research company, discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.”
When Musk does hang up his entrepreneur’s boots, he wants to retire to Mars – the Red Planet. No, seriously. In a March 2018 interview, he said: “I will go if I can be assured that SpaceX would go on without me. I’ve said I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.”
Musk provided early concepts and financial capital for the SolarCity Corporation (now a subsidiary of Tesla, Inc.), a firm specializing in solar-powered services. One of the largest solar energy firms in the United States, it was co-founded by Musk’s cousins – Lyndon and Peter Rive – in 2006.
In August 2013, he unveiled plans for a $10 billion hyper-fast transportation system. Built around the idea of a vactrain (vacuum tube train), the Tesla-SpaceX hyperloop is basically a system of sealed tubes within which passenger pods can travel at frighteningly fast speeds – potentially up to 760 miles per hour (1,223 km per hour).
(Pictured) At the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop competition in Hawthorne, California, U.S.
On Feb. 6, 2018, SpaceX successfully launched Falcon Heavy, the company’s largest rocket to date and one regarded as the world’s most powerful since NASA’s Saturn V. Next up for Musk and SpaceX is the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is expected to replace the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch rockets and the Dragon spacecraft. More intriguingly, the BFR could ferry large numbers of passengers to Mars.
He is also the founder of The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company billed as providing an alternative to traffic congestion in major cities like Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And, keen on recycling, Musk plans to use excavated rock and soil to create interlocking Leg-style bricks to build homes.
In 2016, Musk unveiled solar roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and longer-lasting home battery. “This is sort of the integrated future. An electric car, a Powerwall and a solar roof. The key is it needs to be beautiful, affordable and seamlessly integrated,” Musk said while showcasing the products in Los Angeles.
In November 2017, Musk unveiled Tesla’s first electronic truck; he used the occasion to call diesel trucks “economic suicide.” The new truck, which is scheduled to go into production in May 2019, will reportedly offer a range of 500 miles (805 km) when fully loaded and come equipped with “thermonuclear explosion-proof glass” in the windshield.
On March 14, 2018, Musk posted a rather cryptic tweet. It said: “Thud!” and was followed by another that said: “That’s the name of my new intergalactic media empire, exclamation point optional.” The following day, reports confirmed the hiring of six staff members from The Onion, a digital satirical news organization. Quite what he intends to do with “Thud!” though, is anyone’s guess.
In mid-2018, when the young members of a junior football team got trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, he offered to help out the rescue teams by asking the engineers at SpaceX and the Boring Company to build a mini-submarine, which he personally delivered to the location. By the time the vessel reached Thailand, eight of the 12 children were already rescued and hence, the authorities decided against using it.
On the personal front, Musk married Canadian author Justine Wilson in 2000. Their first child together was born two years later but, sadly, he died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when he was only 10 weeks old. In 2004, the couple became parents to twin boys – Griffin and Xavier – and triplets – Damian, Saxon and Kai – in 2006. Musk and Justine divorced in September 2008.
In 2010, Musk married English actress, Talulah Riley. The couple were granted a divorce in 2012 but re-married the following year. The applied for a second divorce in 2014, which was withdrawn, and a third in 2016, which was granted.