Taylor Momsen: 'I Got Naked' for 'Make Me Wanna Die' Video

Plenty of performers strive to expose themselves through their art. Taylor Momsen takes that concept to a quite literal level.

The Gossip Girl problem child and Pretty Reckless rocker tells British newspaper The Guardian that the video for her band's song, "Make Me Wanna Die," was held in prolonged limbo because the singer, who's currently 17, originally opted to go fully nude for the video shoot:

"It was held up in legal for a long time because I was 16 when we shot that. We couldn't release it because, yes, I actually got naked."


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(In the original video concept, Momsen strips down to the altogether while strolling through a graveyard; the eventually released version features a relatively more modest, lingerie-clad Momsen walking among the tombstones.)

A bit extreme? Perhaps. But it was nudity with a cause, Momsen explains:

"It's such a complex song – and the video really reflects the song, in the way that I'd die for this person. And the point is: if you don't do something that's making you happy, you're just working through possessions and shit; you're dying with nothing anyway. So I'm stripping off my worldly possessions and giving them away. And then there's hell raining down, just cause it looks cool."

And while she was on the subject of fleshly matters, T-Moms took time out to once again express her well-established support for, um, taking matters into one's own hands when it comes to sexuality:

"I'm a promoter of masturbation. Don't sleep around—learn yourself first! Guys do, but girls don't. And that's why girls have so many bad experiences. But you can know your body, know yourself, know what feels good. You don't have to give yourself away just to have sexual relevance. Because I don't think sex is something people should be afraid of. It's part of human nature, so I don't think it should be so shameful—particularly for girls and young girls."

Well, you have to give her a hand for her candor, anyway. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.

Do you think Momsen has a point? Let us know in the comments section—after checking out her band's video for "Make Me Wanna Die" below:

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  • Anita Shingwi Ghan
    Anita Shingwi Ghan

    some of you are really stupid. it's very unlikely that any young girl will do absolutely nothing sexual at a certain point. someone above me said that she is better than those disney stars who pull of the "innocent" act. i wholeheartedly agree. yes, she does know what she's talking about, she's very mature for her age. she's telling her fans not to have sex until they are ready, what more could you ask for?

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  • Kendall
    Kendall

    Okay, I know this comment and article are from ages ago, but I totally agree with you! When The Pretty Reckless' demos were first leaked online, I really loved them and I think Taylor Momsen is gorgeous (when she's not made-up so over the top) and incredibly talented. She has a killer voice for rock vocals, but she's so caught up in what she thinks is expected of a "rock image", that she's expressing herself as something I don't even really believe she is. She's singing lyrics that portray a girl who has become way too jaded too young and she's sexualising herself in ways that must surely horrify her parents(?) It's a shame that she thinks this "image" is what denotes a rock fan/star; as someone who actually is Christian, I also wear eye-liner and leather, have piercings and love rock music. The difference is, I love Jesus more than anything and put my life in his capable hands. Why is she buying into some sad Courtney Love persona when she could take her talent and use it to REALLY be unique? The world doesn't need another Courtney Love! Man, if she hung out with Jesus, he'd show her how amazing she is and what she is really capable of just by being true to herself and using her creativity in ways that are respectful to herself and impressionable young women. Rant over.

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  • Regina
    Regina

    WOW !! i must say i really feel like she needs to leave a lil of imagination to her fans. I do think her songs and her voice is amazing is just she is to young for going all nude like that i guess money and fame can do that to you not letting you have respect of your own body or selling it like that , cuz that is what she is doing selling sex..hm who wouldn't buy it but than she wont know if she is good enough or they are just going for the visual tour

  • Jess
    Jess

    She's clearly not just another carbon copy of "tween popstars." I think she has a great point about girls and masturbation, there's way too much of a double standard. Just because she's 17 doesn't mean she doesn't know what she's talking about. Tons of girls are growing up ahead of their time and her intense lyrics prove a maturity beyond most 16/17 year olds' capacity. Everyone who tries to claim she's "unoriginal" or "a w***e" is a full of crap conformist who can't stand to see yet another creative person push the limits of social norms.

  • Donut
    Donut

    I have very mixed feelings. I don't think I can consider her a child... she seems mature enough. And I agree on teaching young females that they don't HAVE to have sex at a young age... there are alternatives and they shouldn't do it just for a boyfriend's gratification. I do, however, have a couple issues with her getting naked on camera. It is very unladylike and even if she doesn't care to be a role model, I see her taking the same path as Lady Gaga or Britney Spears. Also, is it me or does she only dress this way when she is in the band...? I believe kids these days call that "poser" but regaurdless I do love her voice and her music. :)

  • Jessica
    Jessica

    WOW, and I use to be a fan of hers. She has really disappointed me. Fully nude in a music video at 16? 'Promoting masturbation? Yeah sure, helps protects against STD and unwanted pregnancies? But here's some better advice for todays youth, DON"T DO IT!!! Wait until your old enough. Don't tell them to touch themselves like disgusting monkeys!! She a popular teen star and young girls look up to her!!! I'm sorry but if she wanted to be a whore then she should have started her career out like that. Don't play innocent Cindy Lou then do a 360° on us!!! Plus also, her vi deo SUCKS!!! It was unoriginal, un imaginative(seriously, rolling ar ound naked in a graveyard that on f re?) and it is trying way to hard to be "Badass". I actually agree with her on the masturbation. Shouldn't you find sex itself disgusting if you find masturbation disgusting? why would you let someone else touch you when you can't even touch yourself? That makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever LOL. Masturbation is a SAFE form of sexual expression. I believe it may even be necessary to have a good sex life. If you don't know how to make yourself feel good, how can you expect anyone else to? Should all teens do it? They shouldn't feel required to. If they plan on having sex? Maybe. I would advise they masturbate INSTEAD of having sex. which is exactly what she's saying. She is telling girls to KEEP their virginity, and if masturbation helps them do that, let it be. And she is probably saying that because she doesn't want teen girls to make the same mistakes she did. At 16 wasn't she was saying she was "done with men" or something along those lines? HMMMMM... I WONDER WHY.

  • Nameless
    Nameless

    obviously this chick knows she get headlines for being a minor and talking about sex. it's all she does. she'll end overdosing after she turns 18 because she can talk about sex all she wants and nobody's going to pay attention to her.

  • Miss independent
    Miss independent

    Big whoop. When guy's do it it it's okay but when girls do it it's peverted would you rather have her sleeping around with every guy she meets. I think it's awsumm that she's taking matters into her own hands. Better than those disney bitches who pretend that they are still virgins and waiting.

  • Jess
    Jess

    Someone really should tell this teen tramp she's nto as edgy or badass as she thinks she is. AGREED!!!!

  • johnny
    johnny

    hey bridget, i jerked off over a crucifix and blew a HUGE load on wooden crucified jesus' face. what are you gonna do about it?

  • Jen
    Jen

    'Promoting masturbation? Yeah sure, helps protects against STD and unwanted pregnancies? But here's some better advice for todays youth, DON"T DO IT!!! Wait until your old enough. Don't tell them to touch themselves like disgusting monkeys!!. Okay, I'm not a fan of this girl, although I admit she has a pretty impressive voice and the song is catchy even though it isn't really my style. I agree she shouldn't be getting naked on camera at 16 and I kinda can't even believe it was filmed that way in the first place. Regardless......disgusting monkeys? You think that teenagers growing into their sexuality and exploring themselves makes them....disgusting monkeys? You honestly hadn't masturbated at 16? There is nothing wrong or disgusting or anthropoid or shameful about masturbation and it is immature and repressive to believe there is.

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  • Sammy the Shark
    Sammy the Shark

    She has two black eyes! Oooh, she doesn't listen.

  • Beth
    Beth

    When is the band coming out with more music ? Or are they just a One Hit Wonder ? Hope not. She has a fantastic voice and so does her guitarist.

  • JackieH
    JackieH

    I agree completely with most of you, although her voice and music is amazing, i dont think any young woman at the age of 16 or 17 should be fully nude in any music video. its called self respect ladies! dont listen to her cause she can get away with anything considering she is famous and has all the money she dreams of..... i think the way she expresses herself is wrong. she is still a child. She should not be expressing herself the way she does... she needs JESUS! & im not even spiritual or religios hahaa wow

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    fuego911

    amazinly AWESOME

  • Coochie
    Coochie

    Need a hand Taylor?

  • chuck
    chuck

    What the hell did her parents do to her??? Damn girl, you better pace yourself..you'll be burned out by 21.

  • dudelino
    dudelino

    to me she looks like some panda on crack

  • Bridget♥♥
    Bridget♥♥

    WOW, and I use to be a fan of hers. She has really disappointed me. Fully nude in a music video at 16? 'Promoting masturbation? Yeah sure, helps protects against STD and unwanted pregnancies? But here's some better advice for todays youth, DON"T DO IT!!! Wait until your old enough. Don't tell them to touch themselves like disgusting monkeys!! She a popular teen star and young girls look up to her!!! I'm sorry but if she wanted to be a whore then she should have started her career out like that. Don't play innocent Cindy Lou then do a 360° on us!!! Plus also, her video SUCKS!!! It was unoriginal, unimaginative(seriously, rolling around naked in a graveyard that on fire?) and it is trying way to hard to be "Badass".

  • doesn't matter
    doesn't matter

    my only problem is that a young man (say, taylor lautner) can stroll around half naked, with women creaming themselves over him, and that doesn't make them pedophiles, but when a man drools over a young woman, he's disgusting and needs to be locked up. i'm not promoting sex in any young person, i just feel that we need to protect ALL kids, male and female, and not just condemn the women.

  • claud
    claud

    Someone really should tell this teen tramp she's nto as edgy or badass as she thinks she is. Agreed!!! couldnt have said it beeter myself!

  • doc
    doc

    Say what you want about her, but that song is actually pretty damn good

  • whatever
    whatever

    taylor who?

  • Jeffrey Tiffensmythe
    Jeffrey Tiffensmythe

    but she does have a nice cunny i bet.

  • Knowit
    Knowit

    Someone really should tell this teen tramp she's nto as edgy or badass as she thinks she is.

  • tlc
    tlc

    It's sad to see that she has bought into her own media hype. 17 years old and so "experienced", right, she's clueless and only the clueless tweens would consider listening to anything she has to say. Sad.... where are her parents???

  • Herman Bumfudle
    Herman Bumfudle

    yeh! taylor makes a lot of sense. i love women but i don't like sex if there's not a lot of c*ck teasing.

  • Satan
    Satan

    She certainly makes me want to taker her advice.

  • Nick
    Nick

    The fact that anybody takes seriously what yet another "little girl marketing product" says, is ridiculous. Here we see a child pretending to feel this way or that, and who gives a crap? Like Madonna, she'll show some flesh and make a few million dollars. Anyone can come up with the "music" aspect in minutes, then it's all marketing. There was a time when musicians played like crazy, then got picked up and got interested in recording, a la Santana, Petty, Winwood, etc. Now it starts with "I wanna be a star". It's pathetic.

  • Mark
    Mark

    Most sensible advice I've heard from a Hollywood starlet. It's just a pity the moronic and hypocritical gossip media will try to turn it into something salacious.

  • Katherine
    Katherine

    Yes, she's seen too much of the world at 17, but what's wrong with advocating not sleeping around? More stable relationships later, less VD and HIV, unwanted pregnancies (and children having sex with each other).

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