Thursday, October 2, 2014

I'm Not "All About That Bass" & Why You Shouldn't Be Either

I'm just going to put this out there: Meghan Trainor's songs are fucking catchy. I get why they're played all over the radio (although at this point, if I never hear "All About That Bass" again, it will be too soon). Her newest single, "Dear Future Husband", is even catchier than her first, but here's the problem: Meghan Trainor is a bad role model, and based on her lyrics, is not that awesome of a person either. The lyrics in her songs send the entirely wrong message to young girls, which is the vast majority of her target audience.
 
If you're sitting here scratching your head and thinking I'm crazy, keep reading.
 
Let's start with the lyrics in "All About That Bass" - the song everyone thinks is all about having wonderful body image:
 
"Yeah it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two
But I can shake it, shake it like I'm supposed to do
 'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
 All the right junk in all the right places"

Alright. So fine. You have an ass. You're only proud of it because you think guys want it? Sweet. Let's move on.

"Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size
 She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night
 You know I won't be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,
 So, if that's what's you're into, then go ahead and move along"

Uhm. What? So just because you have curves means that you have to put down skinny girls and guys who like that? Good body image promoting.
"I'm bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches Hey"

I mean, the epitome of skinny-shaming. And the whole song kind of goes on like this. We get it, you're proud of your curves and you should be. But can you not shame all the thin girls in the process of being proud of yourself? And I'm saying this as a curvy girl; I'm by no means a "skinny bitch", and I'm still offended by this.

So, her next song is her latest single. "Dear Future Husband" basically lays out how girls should expect to be treated by their boyfriends. Also, for reference on how shitty of a lyricist she is, she used the word 'bae' in her song.

"Take me on a date
 I deserve a bae
 And don't forget the flowers every anniversary
 'Cause if you'll treat me right
 I'll be the perfect wife
 Buying groceries
 Buy-buying what you need"

Sooooo if he buys you flowers, you'll buy all of the groceries. Cool? Way to play into the housewife stereotype.

"You gotta know how to treat me like a lady
 Even when I'm acting crazy
 Tell me everything's alright"

I mean, I don't even know where to start with this. Tell you everything is alright when you're acting crazy? Why the hell would he do that? If you're being crazy, you need to know. This is how crazy people start, because no one tells them they're off their damn rocker.
"After every fight
 Just apologize
 And maybe then I'll let you try and rock my body right
 Even if I was wrong
 You know I'm never wrong
 Why disagree?
 Why, why disagree?"

WHAT!? You just automatically get to be right in every fight or you won't have sex with him? And even if he does that, you still might not? Why would anyone EVER date you?

For the grand finale, we have a song called "Title", which I haven't even heard on the radio yet. But it's a gem.

"Baby, don't call me your friend
 If I hear that word again
 You might never get a chance to see me naked in your bed
And I know girls ain't hard to find
 But if you think you wanna try
 Then consider this an invitation to kiss my ass goodbye

Give me that title, title
 Come on give me that title, title"

So to each her own about who you want to sleep with but this is slut-shaming at its finest. If you want to sleep with a dude without the boyfriend title, you go right ahead. Not my place to judge and it certainly isn't Meghan Trainor's on national radio. We get it Meghan, you're going to hold sex hostage for everything: being right in a fight, having the girlfriend title, etc.

"You gotta show me off, off
 But you embarrassed, if that's the case I'm all gone
 You gotta treat me like a trophy, put me on the shelf
 I promise something else"

So you're saying you want to be treated like a sex object and just be seen as a trophy... yet you want the girlfriend title. Am I getting that right? K, just making sure we're all clear here.

On top of the fact that throughout all of Meghan Trainor's songs she is setting the worst example for her young female listeners, she actually has seemingly stolen 2 out of 3 of these songs. "All About That Bass" sounds exactly like a 2006 Korean Pop Hit (listen below):
 
 
And as for "Dear Future Husband", tell me it doesn't sound IDENTICAL to Olly Murs "Dance With Me Tonight". There isn't even a mashup of it yet because it's not being played on the radio quite yet, but it was legitimately the first thing I thought of when I heard her song.
 

So Meghan Trainor, aside from stealing songs, your lyrics promote skinny-shaming, slut-shaming, and being allowed to act crazy and get away with it. Sounds like you're being a fantastic role model for girls... keep it up.

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