I’m “All About the Bass” too!

Meghan Trainor and her song "All about that bass" is catchy and has a great message.

Meghan Trainor and her song “All about that bass” is catchy and has a great message.

I have just heard a really catchy song that I just can’t get out of my head: it’s “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. So I, like millions of others (9 million and counting), checked out the YouTube video, and now I have cute Katy Perry-esque visuals to go with the catchy tune! Her message is what I have been saying all along. Your size is perfect how you are today, so rejoice! (And focus on fitness and fun instead, like maybe through belly dance, nope not biased at all!).

 

So I decided to do some research on Meghan, and found a couple of interviews. Turns out she was a song writer for other artists, wrote this song for fun and was encouraged to sing it herself. The girl who lived by the beach but didn’t feel confident enough to wear bathers is now empowering people to think positively about their shape. She says to stop photoshopping and idealising the stick figure Barbie shape.

She has also come under attack, why? There seems to be a few “criticism camps”:

Criticism 1: She talks about “skinny bitches” so gets accused of skinny bashing.
The truth is the full lyrics (see below) are:
“I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No I’m just playing I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”

So she is really saying; I know everybody has body image issues no matter your size.

Criticism 2: She is not “fat” enough. Yep, that is the talk.

This guy has some moves!

This guy has some moves!

That no-one on her video is fat “except the obese black guy dancing” (His name is Sione from Vine). Meghan and her back up dancers are all “normal sized” with healthy proportions. She is certainly not a “size two” (scary thought) and I don’t see how this stops her from commenting on what it is like to be a woman of curves in a society which idealises skinniness. Plus, as I mentioned in my last post, their BMI is probably overweight to obese. (Which is meaningless in regards to health)

Meghan Trainor and her dancers for "All about the bass" called "not fat enough"!

Meghan Trainor and her dancers for “All about the bass” called “not fat enough”!

 

Criticism 3: Her song does not have a strong bass beat.

Size differences between the instruments show that the more "bass" and instrument, the larger and rounder it is.

Size differences between the instruments show that the more “bass” and instrument, the larger and rounder it is.

Yep, some people missed the point. Well I will admit to some confusion when I thought she was singing “all about that bass, no trouble” and was relieved when I saw from the lyrics that it is “no treble”! It’s actually a great shorthand. A bass instrument is deeper and larger than a treble – think double bass compared to a violin.

 

Full Lyrics “All About That Bass”

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble (x3)
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass

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
And all the right junk in all the right places

I see the magazines workin’ that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
C’mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty, just raise ’em up
Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says boys 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 you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble (x3)
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass
Hey!

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No I’m just playing I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Yeah my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She said boys 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 you’re into then go ahead and move along

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble (x3)
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble (x3)
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble (x3)
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass
‘Bout that bass, ’bout that bass
Hey, hey, ooh
You know you like this bass

If you haven’t had enough, here is a cute little behind the scenes making of the music video clip:

Fit, fat and fabulous!

Being fit, gives you energy, decreases stress and is healthier than a low number on the scale.

Being fit, gives you energy, decreases stress and is healthier than a low number on the scale.

Oprah was famous for saying “fat is an emotional issue” and she is right. Any female (and some men too!) will tell you what their “fat bits” are, and feel fat – even when friends are telling them they look great. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am aware that I have a small frame. I am also aware of the weight I carry on my thighs and bottom. Thanks Nanna! A few years ago I got a shock when I realised that I had gained 20 kilos in 20 years. Now this should not have been a shock, I had been aware of it creeping up and that I no longer fit in my old clothes. It was just I thought – hang on, does that mean I will be 30 kilos more in 30 years? Plus, when I gain weight, I don’t develop rolls, I stay the same shape just more of it, so it was deceptive. I checked my BMI to be sure – yep obese (I freaked out at that one!) anyway, after a long journey of blood tests, gyms, weights resistance and with the help of my Doctor working out I had an oversensitivity to simple sugars and switched to low GI, (lots of complex carbs – its a good thing I love my salad!) I managed to get back to a “healthy” BMI. What shocked me, was that there really wasn’t much difference between healthy to overweight to obese in the BMI (or in the scales).

Measure up by your fitness not your waistline!

Measure up by your fitness not your waistline!

I still weigh 10 kilos more than I did 20 years ago, however, I feel better than I did then. I feel fitter, stronger and healthier, and less likely to get illnesses. I have discovered there have been studies on this, which say just that – your weight is not the best indicator of health – it’s your fitness. And overweight people have more in reserve for when illness does strike so that they can cope better and recover faster. It’s called the Obesity Paradox by Dr Carl Lavie. “More often than not, cardiovascular fitness is a far more important predictor of mortality risk than just knowing what you weigh,” says Glenn Gaesser

I was particularly impressed by a writer in The Age, Bryony Gordon who talks about how she has learned to love her new “fat” self after having a baby. And loves not having to watch what she eats and feels better and healthier as a result.

So, while I am not advocating you go out and get as fat as possible, I think a relaxed attitude about size and a focus on fit would do us all a world of good. Hey – I guess that’s where bellydancing comes in!!

The best bellydancers are fit not skinny!

The best bellydancers are fit not skinny! Bellydanceatanysize.com