Meghan Trainor wants to empower her fans — this intention is clear in her songs “All About That Bass” and “Title.” However, her tunes are stirring up controversy and raising questions about whether or not she’s really good for the sisterhood.
Meghan Trainor recently made sure that her earworm wriggled its way into a few more heads by performing “All About That Bass” on The Tonight Show. She, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots performed a booty-ful acoustic version of the tune using children’s toys and a few other instruments.
Trainor’s song was probably still being hummed by The Tonight Show viewers the next day, and “All About That Bass” has been hovering near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks now. However, Slate writer L.A. Anderson is not impressed with Meghan Trainor’s attempt at creating a body-positive anthem for girls who don’t have bodies like Taylor Swift.
Anderson takes issue with a lyric that seems to skinny-shame girls who don’t have “junk in all the right places” like Trainor.
“I’m bringing booty back / Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that.”
Is Meghan really trying to say that all skinny girls are bitches, or is just referencing the cruel skinny girls who would poke fun at her weight? It’s hard to tell, but Anderson seems pretty positive that Trainor is just dissing all the flat-bottomed, size 2 girls out there.
“While the earworm is ostensibly about body positivity, Trainor disses ‘skinny bitches’ and ‘stick figure[s]’ — suggesting that not all bodies are worthy of pride.”
She does make a good point. Meghan Trainor also sings that boys like more booty, so obviously she doesn’t think that all of her listeners are “perfect from the bottom to the top” — she’s basically saying that bigger girls are better. There’s certainly nothing wrong with Meghan embracing her body, but why not find a way to do it that doesn’t make some of her listeners feel bad about their own figures? This skinny vs. curvy battle is getting just a bit ridiculous.
The song might skinny-shame, but during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Trainor revealed that her tune has been changing lives for the better.
“These girls sent me, like, essays about how they hated their lives and hated themselves because of their bodies and the way people were treating them. And they said they heard my song and they said ‘Forget it, I’m just going to love myself.’ It’s insane.”
Meghan obviously loves and appreciates her fans, and it seems like she had nothing but good intentions when penning her hit song — she just needed to take a step back and look at the lyrics from a different perspective. With Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” being end-of-the-summer anthems, girls who don’t have big butts must be feeling rather inadequate right now.
Anderson also criticizes Trainor’s new song “Title,” which is basically about a girl who is obsessed with getting a guy to start referring to her as his girlfriend. Its message isn’t great — Meghan sings about withholding sex as a way to win the girlfriend “title,” and she threatens to walk away if the guy doesn’t give in.
“Baby don’t call me your friend / If I hear that word again / You might never get a chance to take me naked in your bed.”
Here’s the thing about this somewhat silly song: why would you even bother with a guy who isn’t interested in a relationship? He might eventually give you that title just to get in your pants, but this doesn’t mean that he’ll treat you right.
The messages in Meghan Trainor’s songs might not be perfect, but she’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. As The Inquisitr previously reported, she’s already collaborated with Harry Styles, and her performance on Jimmy Fallon’s show made her one of the top trending topics on Google.
What do think of Meghan Trainor’s music? Is it harmless fun, or does she need to mature a little and work on her messaging?
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