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:

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