No, Keanu Reeves Did Not Write ‘Humans Will Break Free of the Matrix’

A notorious purveyor of junk news and conspiracy theories strikes again.

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Claim

Keanu Reeves wrote or uttered a long message asserting that "Humans are about to release themselves from the matrix."

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Origin

In February 2022, an old quotation falsely attributed to the Hollywood star Keanu Reeves regained prominence on social media. It contained the type of generic new-age rhetoric about mental slavery, consumerism, and spirituality that has become especially popular among opponents of COVID-19-era restrictions and mandates. It typically began “Humans are about to [release themselves/break free] from the matrix” and “A war is underway that will shape the future of human existence…:”

The screed did not originate in anything Reeves actually wrote or uttered, and we are issuing a rating of “False.” In reality, this came from a four-year-old article published by a notorious purveyor of fabricated nonsense. 

The original source was a Feb. 2, 2018 article posted by YourNewsWire.com — a junk news website with a long track record of producing fabricated and sensationalized conspiracy theories and other nonsense: 

Around 2018, the creators rebranded the site as Newspunch.com, and continue to produce inflammatory disinformation


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