Elon Musk, the PT Barnum of tech, just became the living, breath apotheosis of a shitpost when he and White House Advisor Ivanka Trump had a antic barter on Cheep where they allegedly bonded over a shared acknowledgment for white supremacy, Men’s Rights Advocates (MRAs), and the far-right agitator movement.

I call him a living shitpost because, like the bearding cowards he’s paying homage to when he tweets about being “red-pilled,” he’s arena . “Red-pilling” or “taking a red pill” is a advertence to the movie The Matrix. The film’s protagonist, Neo, is offered the choice amid taking a wild chance where the abhorrent truth about altruism will become clear to him or actual in his boring, normal life.

Neo’s choice is represented by two pills: a red one that takes him on the chance and a blue one that sends him back to what he perceives as reality. Far right agitator groups have adopted this plot device as a method for moving the radicalization of its associates forward. It represents the moment an agitator shows their faith for the first time. It’s the extremist’s adaptation of coming out of the closet, in other words.

This isn’t just because extremists are nerds, and they actually aren’t just fans of the Wachowski sisters’ work. It’s because the far-right movement is based on advancement a assertive level of cowardice. This is a matter of self-preservation through believable deniability. That’s the idea behind “shitposting.” There’s always the hint of a joke or some other congenital aegis that keeps the person espousing abhorrent ideas from having to actually stand up for what they believe. 

The people announcement them – or absolute as them, if you’re Elon Musk or Jack Posobiec – do so from a perch of disavowal. The ultimate goal is to “own the normies.” Because, for some stupid reason, they think we don’t accept their abecedarian advice nuances. They accept they’ve been so acknowledged at application because of a ability of clever subterfuge.

But mostly they just appeal to at-risk teens and white men with abundantly low self-esteem using humor advised to make them feel above to all the “cucks” who can’t see beyond what they view as a spooky veil of ignorance.

But, as usual, it’s all just a shitpost. Musk’s just being Musk right? Even when he’s manipulating the markets in his favor, accusing blue collar workers of being pedophiles, or an immigrant living in the US who refuses to obey the rule of law, it’s not austere right? He’s just living life as a shitpost. 

Shitposting, memes, and other forms of not-so-subtle-or-clever forms of agitator advice are advised to elicit a response. When experts in agitator communications began acquainted the trend of people associated with the white abolitionist movement adopting the “okay sign,”  for example, it played altogether into the hands of the white supremacists using it. Because the majority of people using the “okay” sign do so in good faith, it’s easy for extremists to adopt it in public with believable deniability. It serves the purpose of giving abutment to those who are still in the agitator closet while accompanying “triggering the libs,” which is just short-hand for accepting the absorption such accomplishments are meant to. 

I accept it’s the same with Elon’s recent tweets on Marxism, Napoleon, and being red-pilled. He’s signaling his pivot to the alt-right in as clear a accent as anyone can after being actually labeled a racist by the boilerplate media.

But here’s the huge caveat: maybe Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump dog-whistling to extremists. Maybe they were candidly having a actually innocent Cheep barter apropos an banal plot point from a admired science fiction movie. Let’s appraise that for a moment, shall we?

Warning: the afterward clip has copious amounts of profanity.

There’s a moment in the movie “Casino” where Robert DeNiro’s appearance is forced to fire an agent at the titular enactment for absolution a slot apparatus pay out too many jackpots. DeNiro’s appearance concludes that the agent was either stupid – acceptation they didn’t see that addition was ripping the casino off – or they were in on it – acceptation they were the one ripping the casino off.

The same logic applies here with both Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump. Either we have to accept that they’re actually apprenticed to the acceptation of a billionaire tech mogul propping up agitator views on Cheep alongside the president’s daughter, a person whose role at the White House is hilariously declared as one where she focuses on “the apprenticeship and bread-and-butter empowerment of women and their families,” or we accept that both of them knew what they were doing.

I think we should assume the billionaire tech mogul who owns a aggregation that’s architecture a brain-computer-interface is very accustomed with internet culture. And lets also assume that Ivanka Trump, from her advantaged position in the White House, knows about all the dozens and dozens of times her father and brothers have retweeted white supremacists and alt-right provocateurs.

If we take for accepted that Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump both know that “taking the red-pill” is a delicacy for accepting one or more far-right cabal theories, then it’s actually clear that both of them are dog-whistling to those who most embrace the idea of being red-pilled: incels, MRAs, and white supremacists.

My aptitude is to say that Elon Musk is annihilation more than Donald Trump with spaceships and robots instead of casinos and evangelicals, but at least Trump had a reason for his racist pivot: politics.

Trump rode the only wave he could to the White House: the one Steve Bannon started and Stephen Miller taught Republicans how to surf on. And it’s the same wave that Elon Musk is currently attempting to ride, but the catechism is: why?

What does Elon Musk have to gain here? He’s abutting a group of “red-pilled” people that consists of the likes of Dylann Roof, James Alex Fields Jr, and Elliot Rodger. He’s acknowledging an credo that was carefully created to radicalize people.

I can only assumption that the “up-side” for Elon Musk is the “lolz.” He gets to “own the libs,” and that’s apparently pretty funny to him – it absolutely is to the far right. No matter what his acumen is, he just blew a giant gust of wind into the sails of white supremacists, incels, and MRAs the world over.

And for anyone analytical about how the creators of the Matrix feel about extremists’ use of the “red pill” trope they created, here’s how Lily Wachowski, one of the film’s writers and directors, responded:

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