Taylor Swift transforms into man in directorial debut for new feminist single
Taylor Swift has transformed into a man in her directorial debut for her new feminist single, aptly titled, The Man.
In the music video, the Shake it Off hitmaker is completely unrecognizable, having donned a beard and facial prosthetics to turn herself into the opposite sex for a video that highlights how hard it can be to be a woman in what is still a man's world.Watch the video below:
The video begins with the 30-year-old singer channeling Leonardo DiCaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street in a scene that involves her shouting at her colleagues but still ultimately being praised by them.
She channels DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort once again as she pops champagne on a yacht surrounded by bikini-clad women. It also nods to the real-life Leo lounging on yachts with his girlfriend, 22-year-old Camila Morrone.
Swift sings: "And we would toast to me, oh, let the players play. I'd be just like Leo, in Saint-Tropez."The video comes after a successful 2019 which saw Swift win Artist of the Year at the VMAs:
Swift then uses the video to slam Venus Williams' treatment as a woman for having an outburst on the tennis court, referencing John McEnroe's 1981 Wimbledon outbursts which went relatively unchecked, per the New York Times.
In the video, the male tennis player, 'The Man"' is voiced by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Swift flips reality on its head by having him treated like Williams.
"Hey just checking, was that last scene what you had in mind?" the tennis player asks Swift.
She says: "Maybe try to be sexier, more likable." She then praises the woman on the court, adding: "By the way, excellent work over there Lauren, that was astonishing."
Needless to say, people had a lot to say about the video's content. In particular, the scene that appeared to slam Kanye's 2016 Famous music video, which featured a naked Taylor Swift lookalike in reference to the pair's ongoing feud.
"I am pretty sure these are about Kanye on his Famous Music Video, claiming that he made Taylor FAMOUS. #TheManMusicVideo," wrote one Twitter user.
"I think this scence [sic] was about Kanye. On Kanye's Famous MV a girl who looks exactly like Tay was beside him. And on its lyrics, Kanye was claiming that he made Taylor famous. That's why there's a girl in bed and he's touching those hands like popular people do. #TheManMusicVideo," added another.
After the release of the video, Swift took to Instagram to thank everyone involved in its creation.
Alongside shots from the video, she wrote: "Just sitting here pondering how happy I am that The Man music video is OUT. I want to say thank you to so many people- Gotta thank @therock for voicing The Man and for being so supportive of my music for years (and now my directorial debut!)- it's so cool to have you be a part of this!!
"Thank you @jaydenbartels and @dominic_toliver for your amazing and hilarious reactions- and @loren your eye roll really was aStOnIsHiNg. My dad making his acting debut as 'unimpressed umpire' is a memory I’ll always cherish. Thank you to the entire cast and crew for helping me become the man I always knew I could be."