A little over a week ago, Taylor Swift made a huge comeback into the music industry after taking a little break; she released a single, called ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, and its music video. In the video, she shows all of her previous phases and outfits. However, that is not the biggest part of the video. According to the Toronto Sun, and many other newspapers, Taylor Swift was in a bathtub with 10 million US Dollars worth of jewelry. Neil Lane had to take diamonds out of his personal vault and loan it to her for the video production. That fact really surprised me, but what astounded me even more was that there was an engraving on both arms of the throne she was sitting on. The engraving is ‘ET TU BRUTE’. Latin reference anyone?
“Et tu, Brute?” are what most people perceive Caesar’s last words to be. He ‘said’ that after he found out that Brutus had betrayed him along with the many senators. Shakespeare popularized that line in his play, Julius Caesar. However, most historians disagree with Shakespeare and his dramatization of the play. Suetonius, a century and a half later, says that Caesar died saying “Kai su, teknon?”, which is Greek for “You too, my son?”. However, “Et tu, Brute?” and its meaning has become one of the most popular lines from Shakespeare. That phrase symbolizes Caesar’s shock for when he found out that Brutus was involved with the plans for his assassination. I believe that the reason Taylor Swift included that as a tiny part of her music video is because its her indirect way of saying, “trust no one; even your closest friends will betray you”. This ties in with the theme of the music video because the whole video revolves around the fact that everyone close to her ended up betraying her, so now she won’t depend on anyone ever again, including herself.