Teaming up with Mette Narrative—who you should recognize from N.E.R.D’s “Lemon” video and from her show-stealing performance during the halftime show at this year’s NBA All-Star Game—the two share a fresh take on the ‘damsel and a hero’ narrative.
“When I made the song ‘BOY’ a year ago, I imagined a rad, androgynous woman (with a buzz cut), having the perfect balance of female and male energy. She was the type to throw hands in a Trash Talk mosh pit, while still being able to rock a sun dress, turning every man’s heart into jelly mush,” DUCKWRTH told HighSnobiety. “Fast forward to 2017, Mette listens to my album, and guess what song she gravitates to? I told her I was shooting a video for it in 2 weeks, and was still building the concept. She told me who she imagined the female character to be. Then, a dragon struck from the sky, looked me in my eye and said ‘DUUUUH’.”
“I was really interested in subverting the classic trope of a ‘damsel in distress.’ I wanted to see a woman deliver a man to freedom on screen… as women often do in real life,” Mette added. “For me, ‘Boy’ really felt like a great opportunity to use fight choreography. There’s the literal fight of freeing Duck, but there’s also the idea that every ‘takedown’ or battle itself is my character taking on and beating any doubt that she isn’t capable, that her sex or physical form would keep her from taking on challenge-physically meeting it-and being triumphant.”
Press play on the John Mark-directed visual below.