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All the Easter Eggs in Taylor Swift's "The Man" Music Video

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.

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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.

Taylor of Wall Street

In the second verse, Swift sings: "I'd be just like Leo in St. Tropez." From commanding an office to being surrounded by scantily clad women on a boat, the music video draws a few visual parallels to The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio starred as infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

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On Tuesday night, Tanner Tolbert took to Twitter to air his opinions about fellow Bachelor in Paradise contestant, Demi Burnett.

In the since-deleted tweet, he insinuated that Demi coming onto the show while in an open relationship is just as bad as what Jed Wyatt did to recent Bachelorette, Hannah Brown. Jed Wyatt, the bane of the Bachelor production's existence, came onto the show despite having an monogamous girlfriend. Months later, when he was actually engaged to Hannah, the news broke that he'd lied straight to her face; he claimed that he didn't know what he was getting into when he signed up for the show. This came months after he admitted that he'd joined the cast as an opportunity for his "music" career.

Cut-to Demi Burnett. The night Demi came out as bisexual on television, Tanner took the moment to shed light on what he saw as a double standard that condemned Jed but condoned Demi. However, in Demi's case, her relationship is non-exclusive, and she was upfront about wanting to explore her options with the bachelor only a few days into her season on Bachelor in Paradise. In contrast, Jed took six months.

Understandably, Demi did not take kindly to Tanner's assertion. She clapped back on Twitter to shut down the absurd comparison.

Obviously, the blunt response received mixed reviews, due to its explicit language and content. Some praised Demi for shutting down Tanner's criticism, while others questioned her intentions and her lack of tact.



After her notifications were flooded with both critics and members of Bachelor Nation, Demi chose to respond to one tweet. She proclaimed that she's "not a role model" and doesn't owe the public anything, especially not an apology.

Unfortunately, this is not the first, nor will it likely be the last, time in the Bachelor universe that a woman is faced with harsher criticism based on society's double standard about personal, sexual, and romantic relationships . As much as the show would like to claim it's progressive, a portion of their fans are lagging far behind in the times and in sense of humor.