Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Thea Wilkens-Reed (Homeschooled)
Massachusetts-native Meghan Trainor has created an anthem that has everybody up on their feet and out on the dance floor.
“All About That Bass,” with its melodic bass beat and jazzy rhythm has quickly become the song that everyone is raving about.
It is not your typical party song that talks about ‘twerking’, drugs, or drinking. Rather than degrading women it promotes a positive body image, in contrast to songs objectifying women. It is a playful and quirky song that encourages young women to overcome their insecurities and love their curves. In today’s society where much appears to be based on a person’s looks, this may just be the song we needed. It is a gentle and fun reminder that weight, and looks are not everything.
“It is a good song that came out at the perfect time,” said Sarah Webster, a sophomore at St. Benedict High School. “Everyone tries so hard to look skinny to fit in. It is great that a song that millions have heard, encourages us to be confident about our size, it is so refreshing.”
The music video has 125 million views on YouTube, it tops the charts in 10 different countries and its domination of the iTunes charts (bypassing artists such as Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj) is a testament to its popularity.
Anyone who lacks self-confidence and has low self-esteem can breathe a sigh of relief; this song is a personal shout out to them.
Many girls today often work hard to be skinny, as they perceive this as a way to be attractive to boys, but Trainor has a different view: “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.”
Teens can appreciate what Trainor has done by giving girls a boost in their confidence, accept the way they look, and be comfortable with it. With lyrics like “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” the song is intended as a celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.
Megan Trainor’s statement is simple “Big can be beauty too” so let’s all be about that bass.