Meghan Trainor, singer of the chart topping song, “All About That Bass,” is all about being a “woman-power person,” but in a recent interview with Billboard, she said that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist.
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” has been making its way to the top of the charts for a few weeks now and while many believe that Trainor’s song sends a feminist message, she claims that she is simply trying to send a simple message.
“I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I’m down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful. If you asked me, ‘What do you want to say?’ it would be, ‘Love yourself more.'”
Trainor’s comment to Billboard was contradictory to an earlier statement she gave to Cosmopolitan earlier this summer. When she was asked in July if she identified as a feminist, Trainor responded with the following explanation.
“A feminist, like a woman-power person? I guess so, yeah. I just think women should love themselves more than they do. Because I think — with all the social media stuff — we look at ourselves too much and we just destroy ourselves when we’re way cooler than we know.”
The feminism debate is a hot topic right now, but it’s not the only reason that Meghan Trainor’s making news. While many are fans of the song and it’s message, others are claiming that “All About That Base” sends a negative message to women of smaller sizes with lyrics such as “I’m bringing booty back / Go ‘head and tell them skinny b****es that / No, I’m just playing — I know you think you’re fat.”
When Cosmopolitan spoke with Meghan Trainor regarding this issue, the singer responded by saying that she can’t read the negative comments.
“I got people coming in saying, ‘Well, I’m skinny so you must hate me. Thanks.’ But it’s crazy that I have these little warriors… every bad comment they’ll just fight and be like, ‘You’re not listening to the lyric! You’re not hearing what she’s trying to say!'”
What does social media think of this conversation? Just check out the Twitter response for yourself.
if u think that meghan trainor is skinny shaming then ur a dumbass and get educated before u get hit
— camille (@cxmxllx_) September 23, 2014
I’ll never like Meghan Trainor’s skinny-shaming anthem #AllAboutThatBass. Body empowerment can be sung without putting down healthy bodies.
— RAM (@RAMrants) September 23, 2014
people seriously need to realize that Meghan Trainor’s song isn’t skinny shaming. It’s trying to give girls a positive body image.
— Mina (@marinalizabeth) September 22, 2014
Meghan Trainor making a skinny shaming song like All About That Bass is just her excuse not to get on the treadmill. Oops
— Jacqueline (@Jacqueline_1103) September 22, 2014
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