Lady of Shalott

Meet the Lady of Shalott. Not to be confused with the Lady of Shallot, who is frequently in a pickle.

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Transcript

00:14

But don’t get too excited – there weren’t any men, either.

00:17

Nope, it was just little ol’ me in my tower on the lonely island of Shalott. [Woman looking unhappy in the window of a tall tower]

00:21

I was kind of like the Statue of Liberty except, you know, alive. [The womans face on the Statue of Liberty]

00:25

Watching over all those people living their lives in such a cool city across the water… [Footage of New York]

00:30

But don't feel too bad for Lady Liberty.

00:32

At least she gets visitors.

00:34

Sometimes I would start singing, just to freak out the reapers working below.

00:37

(Singing) At first I was afraid, I was petrified... [Woman dancing in the window]

00:41

I know…I'd be a ringer in karaoke.

00:43

You’re probably wondering "hey, if you didn't have karaoke, how'd you spend your time?" [Worker waiting for the Grim Reaper]

00:47

Excellent question.

00:48

Most of the time, I just played Guitar Hero.

00:51

But when I wasn't doing that, I was pretty big on weaving this magic web. [Woman drops toy guitar and walks over to loom]

00:55

I know.

00:56

I'd also be a huge hit at parties.

00:58

Why did I do all this?

00:59

Well, if I ever stopped working on my web and looked outside, I was going to be cursed. [Woman looks outside and looks unhappy]

01:03

…At least I thought I’d be cursed. [Woman is struck by lightning and sets on fire]

01:05

I heard a rumor on TMZ….

01:06

…Huh.

01:07

When I say it out loud, it makes me sound a little gullible.

01:10

Anyway, I also had a magic mirror, which showed “shadows of the world.” [Woman looks into the mirror]

01:14

Yes, you heard right.

01:16

Magic mirror.

01:17

Not gonna lie, it was a pretty sweet tower, even if it was missing a karaoke machine.

01:22

Like…this thing could've been on MTV Cribs: Tower Edition. [The tower on TV]

01:24

Anyway, I could see all sorts of people from outside of my tower

01:28

with this mirror, but they were always a little fuzzy.

01:31

And whatever I saw in my mirror, I’d weave into my web. [Pictures of poeple show in the mirror]

01:34

…I'm not saying my web was the most interesting thing in the world…lots of harvesting and…meandering…

01:39

But, of course, things didn't stay like that forever. [Man reading a scroll]

01:42

That’d be a pretty boring story…

01:44

Everything changed when I saw him.

01:46

Sir Lancelot.

01:47

I only caught a glimpse of him in my mirror, but let me tell you, he was something. [Sir Lancealot riding a horse]

01:52

Seriously.

01:53

He made my Ryan Gosling poster look like a sad Muppet. [Poster falls to the floor]

01:56

…Sorry, Ry.

01:57

But when I saw Sir Lancelot, I forgot all about that silly curse.

02:00

I was tired of seeing men in mirrors.

02:03

I wanted the real thing. [Woman looks upset and walks over to the window]

02:05

So I stepped away from my loom and looked out the window.

02:09

Big mistake.

02:10

Remember that curse I mentioned?

02:11

Yeah…it was real.

02:13

Score one for TMZ reporting.

02:15

When I looked outside, my mirror cracked and my web flew apart. [It starts to rain]

02:18

Which was kind of a bummer. [The web flies out the window]

02:20

I hadn't even Instagrammed it yet.

02:22

I knew I was in trouble, so I bolted from my tower and set forth towards the river. [Woman running for the door]

02:26

It was time to accept my destiny.

02:28

And maybe do some karaoke, if I had the time… [Woman singing in the rain]

02:33

(Singing)

02:35

One rousing rendition of 'My Heart Will Go On' later, I found a boat, wrote

02:39

my name on it, got comfy, and let it float down the river.

02:42

That was pretty much all she-wrote for good-ol’ me.

02:45

I died on the boat, and I didn’t even get to see Camelot. [Woman dead in the boat]

02:48

So much for that Groupon to tour the Round Table…

02:50

But hey, at least I didn’t go unnoticed.

02:52

When my body washed up in Camelot, a bunch of wealthy, noble people gathered round, [Men see the boat with the Lady of Shallot inside]

02:56

wondering what had happened.

02:57

Sounds like an episode of CSI, doesn’t it?

03:00

Then Lancelot showed up and was like, "hey, she's got a lovely face, this lady of Shalott." [Sir Lancealot arrives on his horse]

03:05

Which would've been the perfect rom-com scenario if I hadn't been….y'know…dead.

03:10

Anyway, that's my story.

03:11

And if you take one thing away from my tale, let it be this: always listen to TMZ reporting. [TMZ logo on the TV]

03:17

…That was the point, right? [Woman shrugs and holds her arms up]