The album title refers to the science fiction term of taking the red pill or the blue pill, which originated from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix
. However, the term "Red pill" is also associated with the men's rights movement and anti-feminist ideas. James Valentine explained that to The Huffington Post
that the group were unaware of the term's connotations.
"We didn't really understand the whole men's rights thing. We're like, 'Oh man, of course, like 2017 is the worst,' he said of the moment they discovered its alternative meaning. "We were talking about The Matrix
– do you take the red pill or the blue pill? And the fact that seeing the world for what it is in 2017 can be kind of rough."
Valentine continued: "We had no idea about the association with men's rights. Hopefully, everyone knows from all of our pasts, that from our statements on the issue and our actions in the past, that we are all hardcore feminists in the band. So that's a horrible association to have. The internet trolls have to ruin everything."