No seriously, I dare you to just watch this once. I might be trying to do the eye makeup right now….
However, there is something I noticed about this video that really only the Mistress of Death Might notice. See Taylor lounging on the car, beautiful and broken? Look familiar? It should.
23-year old Evelyn McHale jumped off the Empire State Building on May 1, 1947. By all accounts she was doing quite well in the world. No one is truly sure why she committed suicide, save for a very vague suicide note found in her coat pocket. This image, however, has managed to stay very close to our psyche as Americans. Photographer Robert Wiles snapped the photo before the body was removed from the scene and Life Magazine ended up devoting an entire page to the photograph. It has floated around ever since.
Think about all the times you’ve seen a “beautiful suicide” in a fashion magazine. As a culture, half the time we don’t even realize how ingrained this concept is in our psyche. Do you think the producer (Taylor) and director (Joseph Kahn) went OOOO let’s use that car suicide photo! Likely, they loved the idea of a beautiful broken girl on a car. Now realize that when the coroner went to remove Evelyn McHale’s body, it fell apart because the body was so liquefied internally. If TSwift had actually fallen from that height onto the car, chances are she would have suffered a very similar fate. Thank God for fiction.
Just remember, suicide is not pretty, even if TSwift is.