Taylor Swift debuts as director in music video ‘The Man’

Taylor Swift addresses toxic masculinity in the new video for ‘The Man.’ © Courtesy of Taylor Swift / YouTube

LOS ANGELES: The feminist anthem appears on the American singer-songwriter’s seventh and most recent studio album, “Lover.”

Earlier this February, she released an animated lyric video for “The Man” that notably addressed gender inequalities in the workplace.

Swift has now unveiled the highly-anticipated visual for “The Man,” with the credits mentioning that the clip is written, directed and “owned by” the Grammy winner.

This newest video follows an egotistical businessman in his daily life, as he embodies male privilege by yelling at his colleagues, smoking a cigar in the subway and throwing a tantrum at a women’s charity tennis match.

“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,” Swift sings in the chorus.

The obnoxious white-collar executive later walks off set to receive some criticism by the video’s director, with Swift asking him to “try to be sexier, maybe more likable this time.”

As the credits appear, a time-lapsed slideshow shows the vocalist transforming into The Man with the help of various makeup artists.

“The Man” is the third single from “Lover” to receive an accompanying music video, following the Brendon Urie-assisted “ME!,” “You Need to Calm Down” and the title track.

In addition to releasing a new album, Swift was recently the subject of the Netflix documentary “Miss Americana,” in which she notably opened up about her newfound political engagement.

“I feel really good about not feeling muzzled anymore, and it was my own doing,” she explained in the film while alluding to her decision to publicly endorse Democratic candidates in her native state of Tennessee during the 2018 US midterm elections.

She also released the standalone single “Only the Young” ahead of the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Discover the empowering music video for “The Man”: