Meghan Trainor | 'All About That Bass'
I’m all about discovering new artists, but as we all know, some are obviously better than others. Fortunately newcomer Meghan Trainor is a artist worth your time! The 20-year-old singer/songwriter just released her catchy as hell single ‘All About That Bass’ from her upcoming Epic Records debut. With some retro inspired beats and an empowering chorus, Meghan’s ‘All About That Bass’ is a slam dunk! This girl is bringing booty back and I absolutely love it.
Meghan Trainor will digitally release her debut single ‘All About That Bass’ on June 30th! Free download available now at meghan-trainor.com!
The initial delight I felt after having listened to this song and watched this video for the first time wore off IMMEDIATELY after started reading the comments. I KNOW. I KNOW. NEVER READ THE COMMENTS. But here’s my problem: I didn’t even read the Youtube comments! I know what to expect from there. “THESE SIZE 12 WOMEN ARE PROMOTING AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE! THESE FATTIES ARE DISGUSTING! LOOKING AT THEIR GROTESQUE BODIES MADE ME PUKE!” OK, WE GET IT. GO SIT DOWN FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS. No, I’m talking about these other comments, talkin bout people who can’t deal with a non-thin woman being proud of being not thin.
Do I LIKE that Meghan Trainor says “skinny bitches” or that she implies there is a “right” place for your junk or that “stick thin” people are Barbie dolls? The right-minded part of my brain says no. But the basic, feral part of my brain says yes. Yes. Finally, a song for me. A song about me. A song about how I feel. A song that represents me in a positive light. A song that tells me I am fat and I am the one who is perfect. A song that has never been sung before. The only song that has ever done anything like this for me and for people like me.
The closest another song has ever come to this one is “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” by Mika, which is from the perspective of a man telling us it’s okay to be fat. Before that “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen. OTHERWISE, WHEN? WHEN IS A SONG WRITTEN ABOUT FAT GURLS? I remember very clearly being at work, listening to “Sex” by the 1975, and the song goes “my shirt looks so good / when it’s just hanging off your back.” Innocent enough. Sure. Looks good. Then I started spiraling. This song isn’t about me and never could be. This song is about a thin woman. This song is about a woman who is small enough where a man’s shirt would hang off her back. Every other song sung about a woman is probably about a thin woman. Like, EVERY song. Like MAYBE some songs like fat asses, but you BETTER be thin besides that. Men sing about thin women. Thin women sing about thin women. Thin people sing and fat people don’t, and if they do, they’re forced to become thin eventually, because being fat is not allowed.
I’m a very body positive person. All bodies good bodies. However, you must have noticed, society doesn’t think like this. Society favors thin women. It is sad but it is true. If you’re thin, you have thin privilege. If a fat woman feels anger towards thin people because thin people have more CLOTHES IN STORES, have more JOBS IN MOVIES AND ON TV, have FEWER DOCTORS REFUSING TO TREAT THEM, etc, you are not being shamed. If a fat woman expresses confidence in her fat body that is not valued by society, you are not being shamed. If you are EXCLUDED from something that is meant to make people who are ALWAYS excluded feel like they matter, you are not being shamed. Thin-shaming is NOT the same thing as fat-shaming. GOOGLE IT. EDUCATE YASELF. Sorry you can’t handle fat women having literally one thing to themselves. SORRY YOU CAN’T HANDLE A WOMAN EXPRESSING ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T FULLY ENCOMPASS THE ENTIRE WORLD’S VIEW LIKE SHE OWES YOU SOMETHING. SORRY I’LL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR ENJOYING SOMETHING THAT EMPOWERS A FAT GURL TO FEEL BALLIN IN A WORLD THAT TELLS HER SHE’S NOT.