Step aside, Meghan Trainor. Oak Park and River High School in Chicago, Illinois, is “All About That Pride” in a new video created by their cheerleading team that parodies Trainor’s song, “All About That Bass.” The Chicago Tribune reported that Ellie Vanderwell and Sam Phelan, two students at the school, launched a video parodying Meghan Trainor’s smash hit “All About That Bass.” The site went on to describe the video, which features students and teachers alike dancing through the hallways, and debuted at a school spirit assembly on April 24.
In the original song, Trainor, 21, sings about loving one’s body the way it is. However, as the Tribune noted, Vanderwell and Phelan replaced Miss Trainor’s lyrics with ones centered around school pride instead. The video even features choreography and costumes that resemble the original outfits for each of the several videos the students made reference to. For instance, the part of the video that parodies Trainor’s song “All About That Bass” features a student donning the same tights, dress, and baby bonnet worn by Trainor in the original video.
Trainor, who recently partnered with fashion company Fullbeauty to launch a clothing line for full-figured girls, first found fame with her song “All About That Bass” last year, and that song was given the award for Song of the Year in 2014. The students who made the video are getting recognition, as well. The High School’s website reports that the parody won 1st place for music videos at the annual Chicago Television Educators Council Video Festival. The full lyrics, which were posted to the school’s site, include lines such as “don’t even think ’bout messin’ with my own Huskie crew, we’ll outshine all your colors by wearing our orange and blue.”
The Illinois branch of local news site Patch picked up the story of the video, noting the references to music videos by other icons, including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” Whether you like the parody song or not (its pretty hard to not like it), you have to hand it to these kids for getting so creative and perfectly imitating these cultural icons that are so well-known.
The Patch also added that the school previously did a parody video of “Teach Me How To Dougie,” which got over 70,000 YouTube hits. No word yet on how or if Meghan Trainor will respond, but she seems like the type who can take a joke, given that most of her songs are comedic in tone. So far, the YouTube community seems to approve. The video has a little over 6,900 views, and 165 people clicked their “Thumbs Up” button in approval. Do you agree with the YouTube community that it’s all in good fun, or do you feel the parody subtracts from the message originally intended by the artist? Head on over to the school’s official YouTube channel and judge for yourself, or check out the video in the post.
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