Taylor Swift has had enough of double standards: The video for her latest Lover single, “The Man,” is the pop star’s take on gender inequality and the patriarchy.
In her directorial debut, Swift transforms herself into an authoritarian and detestable male executive, named Tyler Swift, who’s got a habit of manspreading. When our protagonist isn’t losing his temper at work, he’s partying on an obnoxious yacht with his model girlfriends. “I’d be a fearless leader / I’d be an alpha type / When everyone believes ya / What’s that like?” Swift wonders.
But, of course, a Taylor Swift music video wouldn’t be complete without some cameos: her dad, Scott Swift, makes an appearance alongside Tik Tok personalities Loren Gray, Dominic Toliver and Jayden Bartels. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also features in the video as the voice of Swift’s male alterego. “Thank you to the entire cast and crew for helping me become the man I always knew I could be,” Swift joked on Instagram.
“The Man” is the latest Lover cut to receive the video treatment, following the title track, “You Need to Calm Down” and the Brendon Urie-assisted “Me!.” Earlier in the month, Swift released a new song, “Only the Young,” which features in her latest Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
Watch the video for “The Man” below: