Once-known sweetheart actress, Taylor Momsen sheds her "Gossip Girl" teen princess image to live up to her bands morbid album title, Going To Hell. She released a new music video for song "Heaven Knows" from their latest album and it is loaded with disturbing imagery-involving children as the 20 year-old strips naked.
Momsen's band Pretty Reckless has managed to attract a lot of attention with its provocative antics. Since leaving the CW hit TV show in 2011, Momsen who is lead the singer of the band has ditched her wholesome image, and now promotes a very gothic inspired persona.
Momsen gathered a bunch of kids to help her sing her brand new song, "Heaven Knows," and she told Revolver Magazine that she directed the kids to tap into something dark, wanting them to scream and swear for the track.
The video lives up to the obscure image she was shooting for as we see Momsen standing in a smoke-filled room wearing a long black cloak, holding her hands in prayer for the majority of the video.
The video begins with the pop-rocker walking through the corridor of what looks like a school, the viewer is then shown a classroom filled with rebellious teenagers, some smoking pot, some groping each other, and others not paying attention. They seem to be studying a book that closely resembles a Bible.
The teacher walks over and grabs the weed from one of the students and puts it out on the book, another student is seen ripping the book, while someone else is slashing their book with a knife.
Throughout the video Children are shown sitting down one by one in front of a bunch of television sets flashing static, imagery of pornography, destruction, a cross, and burning of a book titled "God's Fool". For most of the video the number 4 is also seen on the TV set.
Numerology is a belief in the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding events. Although it is not clear why a random number 4 is flashing in most of the scenes of the video, one can assume it is meant to fit in with the dark tone of the video. Today, numerology is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.
The Children in the video are displayed as mind controlled puppets being condition with the imagery flashing on the TV's. While in that state of control, we see children singing the chilling words of the song. "Oh Lord, tell us so/ We belong way down below/ Oh Lord, tell us so/ We belong way down below / Way down below, way down below/ Way down below, way down below," the kids echo in unison.
For the band's newest album, Momsen stripped naked for the front cover with her back to camera, and a giant black crucifix is painted on her back with an arrow pointing down to her bare bottom in the video she has the same painting but this time brushed on her front side leaving nothing to the imagination.
A few of the children are seen at the feet of Momsen as if they were praying to her and praising her while other kids are shown raising their hands in surrender.
Many observers online believe the singer's antics, are highlighting Satanism and worry about the influence the dark imagery could have on kids. The well-known actress, musician, and model, told British newspaper Metro 'I'm not a Satanist,' in response to the accusations.
The pop-rocker also said although her song speaks of hell and "down below" she does not believe it exist. "I don't believe there's a hole in the ground with demons in it but I could be wrong. Hell is all around us - it's the way we treat each other and the way we treat the Earth. We already live in it," she stated.