Elon Musk has mocked influencer Andrew Tate after tweets from his social media account blamed ‘The Matrix’ for his arrest in Romania.
Tate was arrested on Thursday for human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group, and is currently in jail.
A tweet from Tate’s account appeared to respond to the arrest by saying, “The Matrix has sent its agents.” Another said: “The Matrix will only tell you what the Matrix needs you to believe.”
In apparent response to these, Twitter CEO Elon Musk posted a meme with the words: “What if I told you the only way to escape The Matrix is to unlearn everything you’ve learned and to rebuild your entire belief system based on critical thinking and analysis.”
Tate, a British citizen, is known for spreading misogynistic views online and has previously been banned from social media platforms for hate speech. He was arrested along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian suspects.
Prosecutors said the four suspects “appear to have created an organized criminal group for the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content for viewing on specialized websites for a fee.”
Six women were sexually exploited by the suspects, prosecutors said.
Tate has previously said he believes we live in a ‘matrix’ – referencing Keanu Reeves’ dystopian sci-fi film where people are tricked into working by computers until they die.
In a recent exchange with climate activist Greta Thunberg, Tate posted a bizarre video in which he accused Ms Thunberg of being a “slave to the Matrix”.
He said, “She doesn’t realize she’s been programmed, she doesn’t realize she’s a slave to the matrix. She thinks she’s fine.
“Someone sat her down and convinced her to beg you, beg your government, call you poor to keep the sun from getting hot.
“And then, because I called her, the World Matrix got this bot farm to like, retweet and comment to try and pretend she’s teaching me a lesson in some way.”