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.
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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Shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine make cops seem harmless, an illusion tainted with centuries of racism.
Two summers ago, during one of the darkest periods in my personal life, I found solace in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom that stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, an NYPD detective with an impressive track record of solved cases despite his goofy, unsophisticated demeanor. Since its premiere in 2013, the show has been commended for its representation of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people; the recurring cast includes two very smart (and never overtly sexualized) Latina women, as well as two Black men in the precinct's top roles. In 2018, the show received a GLAAD Media Award for its depiction of queer characters. Throughout its seven seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has addressed serious issues like workplace sexual harassment, reconciling with an absent parent, and coming out to disapproving family members, all while retaining a sharp, tasteful sense of silly humor. Rotten Tomatoes has given multiple seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine a perfect 100% rating, likening it to "comfort food."
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Swift's best song isn't "All Too Well." Sorry Swifties and music critics.
Taylor Swift is a master lyricist who captured the imagination of anxious, boy-obsessed adolescent girls across the nation, and who became a global pop phenomenon.
Today, Swift has struggled to maintain the same accessibility to the hearts of girls and women across the nation, but her discography has had an undeniably heavy hand in our musical consciousness. Her vulnerability's resonated with many who felt misunderstood, lonely, and driven up the wall by the concept and feeling of "love."
Swift's looming presence endures because of her singular ability to tug at our heartstrings with the pick of her guitar. Every album is released in a different era with a different sound, but the singer's voice always shines through. These are her best songs from each album.
Taylor Swift (2006): "Picture to Burn"
Taylor Swift - Picture To Burn www.youtube.com
"Picture to Burn" is Swift at her grittiest and most immature. It revolts against an unrequited love interest in the pettiest of ways. While parts of the song haven't necessarily aged well, the country-rock style jumped out, making Swift's stage-presence undeniable.
Fearless (2008): "The Best Day"
Taylor Swift - The Best Day www.youtube.com
Fearless is known for its writhing teen melodrama. "The Best Day" is a criminally underrated, near-perfect ode to childhood and your parents. The song sounds effortless in its exploration and reflection of youth. So far, Swift has been unable to top the song's heart-felt, nostalgia-ridden music video.
Speak Now (2010): "Back to December"
Taylor Swift - Back To December www.youtube.com
"Dear John" may be one of the most iconic break-up songs, but "Back to December" evokes the undeniable guilt every lover has felt in a past relationship, where, really, nothing went wrong. The sweeping sonic production is as epic as it gets.
Red (2012): "State of Grace"
Taylor Swift - State of Grace Audio) www.youtube.com
I will be the first to say, "All Too Well" is not one of the best written songs of the decade. That is a knock to Swift's abilities, specifically because "All Too Well" does not capture her heart in the way many of the songs from Red are able to. "State of Grace" accomplishes all "Long Live" tried to achieve. "State of Grace" is a treacherous examination of a woman in a constant state of change, from adolescence to adulthood. It's magnetic and stunning.
1989 :(2014): "All You Had to Do Was Stay"
All You Had To Do Was Stay www.youtube.com
Swift's pivot to pop garnered her critical acclaim and commercial success like never before. Her singles were inescapable and her face was plastered everywhere. No one may immediately associate "All You Had to Do Was Stay" with Swift's best, but it never gets old. The track is always an entertaining musical thrill-ride, commenting on the highs and lows, and the desperation to make a relationship work. Also, Swift's voice has never sounded better.
Reputation (2017): "Getaway Car"
Taylor Swift NOW: The Making Of A Song (Getaway Car) www.youtube.com
Taylor Swift's discography is a collection of messy, complicated, and gut-wrenching songs, but "Getaway Car" may be one of the messiest songs Swift has ever written. Tugged between two men, escaping one relationship for another, "Getaway Car" is a knockout call to Bonnie Tyler's "Eclipse of the Heart." It's a must listen from her mixed-received album, Reputation.
Lover (2019): "It's Nice to Have a Friend"
Taylor Swift - It's Nice To Have A Friend (Official Audio) www.youtube.com
The haunting nature of "It's Nice To Have A Friend" complements it's sweet, simplistic subject beautifully. The song completes a narrative that only Swift can accomplish. Anytime Swift explores platonic relationships, sincerity always drips from her lips. On Lover, the track was a pleasant and gorgeous surprise.
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