Fact Check

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

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

Published Feb 9, 2022

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Keanu Reeves attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Keanu Reeves wrote or uttered a long message asserting that "Humans are about to release themselves from the matrix."

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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Dan Mac Guill is a former writer for Snopes.