In a parallel universe, Taylor Swift is a cigar-smoking, testosterone-filled wealthy playboy in a suit. With the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. A pretty good-looking one at that.
OK, don’t worry, Swift’s still very much the Swift you know and love in real life.
In her new video for “The Man” though, the superstar entertainer imagines what her life is as a man. Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, is the first new album released since her split from Big Machine Records. The newly-released single from her album Lover goes:
“I’d be a fearless leader / I’d be an alpha type / When everyone believes ya / What’s that like?”
The video bears more than passing resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Wolf of Wall” Street film—particularly the “make it rain” gestures in the office and the yacht scene with bikini-clad women.
“Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves / And we would toast to me, oh, let the players play / I’d be just like Leo, in…”
As with most of Swift’s songs, there’s always an underlying message or at least someone’s she’s taking aim at. Or in this case both.
The song tackles the disparity between how men and women in the same roles are viewed by society.
“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can / Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man / And I’m so sick of them coming at me again / ‘Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man”
It’s also a nudge (in the nuts) apparently against Scooter Braun, the music executive who bought her back catalogue last year. In November, Swift claimed Braun and Scott Borchetta, the founder of music label Big Machine Records, had prevented her from performing a medley of her old hits at the American Music Awards (AMA).
And the scene where “the man” relieves himself against the subway station wall? Brilliant. Swifties will recognise all that’s written on the wall.
Another notable nugget is during the tennis match scene, Swift’s father Scott makes a cameo appearance as the umpire.
Catch the video here:
Listen to Lover on Spotify: