Ready for the new Mad Men conspiracy theory?

Sharon Tate, left in a shoot for Esquire, and a screenshot of Megan Draper.

Sharon Tate, left in a shoot for Esquire, and a screenshot of Megan Draper.

Those of you who noticed Megan Draper's red star t-shirt in the most recent episode of Mad Men may be intrigued to learn that it was more than just a tip of the hat to communist North Vietnam. According to a theory first proposed by fans on Reddit, the t-shirt Megan was wearing is the exact same one worn by Sharon Tate in a 1967 photo shoot for Esquire magazine, (hence, the, uh, wet factor).

Tate, the late wife of director Roman Polanski was murdered in her house by Charles Manson in the summer of 1969.

"No coincidence!" Mad Men costume designed Janie Bryant replied to @BHisaRockstar (whose father, William Helburn, took the photo).

Now here come the theories:


Sharon Tate, like Megan Draper, was a TV actress. She was also 8 months pregnant when she was murdered by Charles Manson in her own home.

Megan has already suffered a miscarriage but consider this, every time she went to say something important in that episode she was interrupted by a wailing siren. Don and Megan don't live anywhere near Peggy and Abe; they live in an affluent Manhattan suburb. And yet, they have already been invaded once - last week's episode depicted a run-in with a burglar claiming to be Don's mother.

When the burglar entered the apartment, Sally Draper looked up from the book she was reading - Rosemary's Baby. Rosemary's Baby was directed by Roman Polanski and featured Sharon Tate as an extra.

Roman Polanski, who was 10 years older than Tate, met her on the set of his movie, The Fearless Vampire Killers, and was not in the house when Tate was gruesomely murdered.

Don is older than Megan by more than 10 years and the pair met at work.

Polanski is a talented but ultimately disturbed director. Not only was he arrested for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977, (he ultimately sought asylum in France) but just the other day at the Cannes film festival he had this to say about women: 

“Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent. I think to level the genders — it’s purely idiotic. I think it’s a result… of progress in medicine. I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinising’ her — how would you say it? [...] I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.”

So what's the relevance for Mad Men? Oh nothing, we just thought you should know how sexist Polanski is.

Source: NYMag