Meghan Trainor’s Song Lyrics Stir Controversy

Helena Heslov November 13, 2014 5
Meghan Trainor’s Song Lyrics Stir Controversy
The song was released by Epic Records in June, 2014. A commentator from Idolator wrote, "Adorable video aside, we say that 'All About That Bass,' with its blend of country, pop and throwback rock 'n' roll, has just the type of unique sound to break through the EDM rut radio seems to be stuck in." Source: Meghan Trainor Official Website

Controversy surrounds the lyrics in Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” a hit song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. 

Although the song has been successful thus far, “some believe that the artist wrote the song to shame skinny people, and praise those who have more of a curvy figure,” said Olivia Loaiza ’16.

Billboard Magazine stated that “she insisted in an interview with Billboard that she’s ‘not bashing skinny girls.'”

According to Yahoo News, one of the lines of the song that people have thought to be most offensive is: “I’m bringing booty back; go ahead and tell them skinny b—‘s that…no, i’m just playing- I know you think you’re fat.”

Trainor defended her choice of lyrics when she said to The Atlantic: “Some girls have commented, ‘I’m a size zero, so you must hate me,’ But that’s not it at all!” 

Some fans defend the singer, saying that the catchy tune is about “loving and embracing your body.”

April Tate ’17, said “I really love this song because it helps girls feel good about themselves and learn how to gain self-confidence and also how to feel confident and comfortable about your body.”

What do you think about the song? Leave your comments below.

5 Comments »

  1. Molly Rose November 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM -

    I actually think that the song is about embracing your body. I think it sends a great message to girls (and some boys) everywhere.

  2. Sage Orvis November 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM -

    I don’t think that particular lyric was meant as harmful. Although it could be offensive to some, it was a playful verse, not a vicious one. The song is an anthem of body acceptance, and yes it is geared at those who aren’t naturally size 0s. I don’t think it’s her job to write a song for every body and size ever. She has a certain body type she identifies with, and she felt it her job to make a song for said type. Other songs, shows, movies etc. have definitely supported a thin frames for ages and I think it’s great that Meghan is taking it in her hands to give a voice to others. HOWEVER, I will say there are some other instances during interviews where I have questioned Trainor’s purpose. She definitely needs to work on PR.

    • Vivian Shay November 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM -

      What do you mean by PR Sage? I agree with you though. It would be like saying that Christian music has to have a verse about Islam, but that’s not it’s place.

      • Vivian Shay November 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM -

        Sorry, *its

  3. Rio Hundley November 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM -

    I don’t think that Meghan Trainor meant any harm by that lyric. I believe that the song is about embracing your figure, not shaming people with a different body type. I understand how it could come off that way to some people, but I don’t believe the lyric nor the song is meant to make anyone feel bad.