Rachel Stalker, ‘Doah Staff Writer
September 17, 2014
“Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” sings Meghan Trainor in her new spunky pop hit, “All About that Bass.” With its old-school sounding rhythm and contemporary lyrics and message, this song was an instant hit with its listeners. (I have been known to belt this song at the top of my lungs.)
Released in August, “All About That Bass” celebrates beauty in all shapes and sizes. In a world with an ever-increasing use of Photoshop and photo editing apps and tools, Trainor encourages people not to “worry about your size.” It’s not just women, in fact, that Trainor is targeting.
In her music video, she has men and women of all shapes and sizes dancing. If you have yet to see the video, check it out! It is fun and funky and makes you want to dance and sing along.
This song has stood out this year not only as one of the most fun songs but also a song with a great message: Everyone is perfect just the way they are, even if the media says otherwise. Often, for women, there is an expectation to be perfect in every aspect of life, especially when it comes to your appearance. Trainor tells us to stop trying to meet these expectations.
She sings, “You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll. So if that’s what you’re into then go ‘head and move along.” It’s a powerful statement for many people, especially women who struggle with their weight.
However, there is one part of the song that begs to be questioned and looked at more deeply. Trainor sings, “I’m bringing booty back. Go ‘head and tell those skinny bitches that.” If the song really is about accepting all shapes and sizes and that everyone is perfect just the way they are, then what is the point of name-calling, especially saying “skinny bitches?” There are many people in this world that struggle keeping weight on and keeping weight off. Individuals who fight a battle with weight are no less and no more than anyone else. There is never a reason to call anyone fat or a skinny bitch, even in a song.
Whether you read into this song’s message or not, keep in mind Trainor’s main message: You are perfect just the way you are, no matter what the media says and definitely no matter your shape or size. If you don’t agree with the lyrics, or if you do, give it a listen.
You may just find yourself loving the message and loving yourself more for it.