Chinese Nationalists Threaten ‘Matrix’ Boycott After Keanu Reeves Backs Tibet

“The Matrix Resurrections” has breathed new life into a political debate

On January 27, Chinese nationalists threatened to boycott the fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise after star Keanu Reeves joined the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert in March

“Resurrections,” which had its U.S. premiere December 18, has already grossed $12.3 million after a 14-day release in China, according to Endata

“How can Keanu Reeves not understand this and take part in a pro-Tibet independence concert?” CHINAD8, an account on Chinese social media site Weibo, posted January 21

The backlash from Chinese patriots, who collectively identify as “little pinks,” could potentially impact the box office numbers in China

“The film [‘The Matrix Resurrections’] can be taken down now,” another Weibo user wrote. “Get out of the Chinese market, thank you.”

Reeves joined the virtual pro-Tibet benefit concert, set for March 3, along with artists Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Trey Anastasio, and Jason Isbell

 Composer Philip Glass serves as the event’s artistic director. The concert will be streamed on Mandolin, with proceeds benefitting the Tibet House U.S.

This isn’t the first time that China’s relations with Tibet has impacted a film’s release Richard Gere reportedly lost out on movie deals due to his stance on Tibet and close ties with 14th Dalai Lama