By Peter Lloyd, journalist and author based in London.
Forget toilet paper and surgical masks, it’s truth that’s in short supply – especially for liberal men, who are like turkeys voting for their own demise at Christmas.
Back in the day, during a debate on Sky News, I proved that sticks and stones may break our bones, but there’ll always be something to offend a feminist.
Turns out I can now add Hollywood creatives to that ever-growing list of sensitive souls, following this week’s spat between Elon Musk and ‘The Matrix’ director Lilly Wachowski.
In case you missed it, the SpaceX CEO tweeted about the film’s famous ‘red pill’ metaphor, which encourages people to rebel.
Musk’s call to arms was posted just one day after re-opening Tesla’s California manufacturing plant, contravening the state’s strict lockdown rules.
It then attracted more than 480,000 likes and 100,000 retweets, including one from Ivanka Trump, who shared it with the caption: “Taken!”
Her father, US President Donald Trump, then published his own rallying cry about the American economy, urging his 79 million followers to “REOPEN OUR COUNTRY!”
But within minutes, Wachowski – who transitioned from male to female in 2016 and is a dyed-in-the-wool democrat – expressed her contempt at conservatives for co-opting the film’s allegory.
She responded to Musk and Ivanka Trump directly, saying: “F**k both of you!”
This clapback was hardly surprising given how ‘woke’ Hollywood has become in recent years. If anything, it was more predictable than a plot twist in one of Tinsel Town’s turgid scripts.
But what is surprising is Wachowski’s decision to politicize her own idea of a ‘red pill’ – specifically, at a time when truth remains elusive for millions of us.
Why liberal men need to worry
According to the World Health Assembly, virtually every nation on Earth now wants an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, several months ago.
This includes Africa and every country that forms the EU, plus Australia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and, of course, the Russian Federation.
Why do these countries want answers? Because knowledge is power. And with it comes the prospect of a damn solution.
Unfortunately, for most liberal men watching this pandemic unfold, this is not a strategy they like to employ in their own lives. Trust me, I’ve seen the casualties.
Instead of confronting their own realities head-on – such as the cause behind soaring male suicide rates, the fact women instigate most divorces, or that feminism is frequently toxic for boys – they blindly believe the left-wing narrative that the exact reverse is true.
It’s only later, when reality bites – usually in the form of expensive divorce settlements, false rape allegations or child custody issues (you know… the really fun stuff) – that they realise their ghastly reality.
And by this point, the red pill is redundant. It’s way too little, too late.
Perhaps if they faced the truth about their reality sooner, they would find themselves better prepared for catastrophic situations.
You know, just like those health officials in Wuhan.