Swift transforms into the most manly of men for her new self-directed video.
Throughout her many years spent in the public eye, Taylor Swift has faced unimaginable scrutiny over both her professional and personal lives.
But the 30-year-old pop star is still chugging along, having released her seventh studio album, Lover, last year to generally favorable reviews. On one of the record's highlights, "The Man," Swift ponders how she might be perceived and spoken about if she were a man. To help bring that vision to life, she was made over into Tyler Swift—yes, that's really her in prosthetics—to play a macho, manspreading dude in the new music video for "The Man," which she directed herself.
Swift is a known fan of subtle references in her material, and "The Man" comes full with a basket of Easter eggs. Here are just a few that we caught—knowing her, there are likely many more hidden in there.
Be More Likable
As the music stops and Tyler steps off the court, he walks up to Swift in her director's chair and asks how he's doing. "Pretty good," Swift responds. "Could you try to be sexier, maybe more likable this time?" The pop star has spent nearly half her life in public eye now, receiving countless suggestions that she should try to be nicer, more likable, and more attractive. It's criticism that men don't deal with nearly as often; ultimately, this exchange is a perfect message to cap off a video full of important points.
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