‘Mad Men’ and Charles Manson conspiracy theory
I’m fully intrigued by the entire Charles Manson case, as is no surprise to many of the regulars to this website, so this conspiracy theory regarding the television show Mad Men was quick to show up on my radar. I’ve never seen an episode of the show, so I’m gonna do a lazy copy/paste from Hollywood.com for those of you who understand what this is talking about. The gist of it is that some chick on the show wore a shirt that Sharon Tate (the famous actress who died in the Manson family murder spree) wore back in the day, alluding to some tragedy that might happen:
This is the kind of conspiracy theory Reddit was made for. On Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, “The Better Half,” Jessica Paré’s Megan Draper wore a white T-shirt with a big red star. I know, you all thought at first that she’s a big fan of Macy’s! But, actually, it was a reference to the T-shirt tragically-murdered actress Sharon Tate wore for a 1967 Esquire magazine photo shoot. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant confirmed on Twitter that this was “no coincidence,” after the daughter of the Esquire photographer who snapped that photo pointed out the similarity.
Two years after that photo was taken, Tate, then eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was brutally murdered by the Manson family. A whole thread on Reddit has sprung up wondering whether this is some grim foreshadowing on Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s part for what may ultimately be Megan’s fate on the show — especially given all the references in recent episodes to rising crime rates in 1968 New York.
But if Megan’s meant to be an avatar for Sharon Tate, does this mean her husband Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is symbolic of Tate’s husband Roman Polanski? It would certainly fit, since both Polanski and Draper are tireless skirt-chasers with a flair for kinkiness — and even criminality. Something dire may be on the horizon for Megan, but Don may be in trouble as well. Maybe he’ll finally suffer the consequences of his sexual improprieties as Polanski did after pleading guilty to rape in 1977 and being an exile from America ever since. It’d be a fitting comeuppance for horndog Don.
Unless we’re reading this all wrong and that woman who invaded the Draper’s apartment in “The Crash” was supposed to be Charles Manson?
I’ve touched on Charles Manson in recent posts such as James Franco’s Wizard of Oz links, which make me believe that there is some weird occult following within the Illuminat that is keeping Manson’s ideals going somehow:
And yet another odd peculiarity is that Franco is going to star and direct in an upcoming film called Beautiful People that is about hair stylist Jay Sebring. This biopic will include the murder of Sebring by the Manson family when they broke into the Tate residence at 10050 Cielo Drive and proceeded to slay in an abhorrent fashion. Add to that the occult basis of Wizard of Oz and author Frank L. Baum’s ties to the Theosophical Society, and it’s clear there are darker forces involved here.