Why I’m Still Not “All About that Bass”

Meghan Trainor’s hit song, “All About that Bass,” isn’t quite the uplifting song we all imagine it to be.

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There seems to be a hidden message in the hit pop song “All About That Bass” that’ll have you second guessing your desire to sing along.

Addy Bennett, Editor of Student Opinion and Features and Extras

I like most of this song, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like Meghan Trainor’s hit song “All About that Bass” ends up putting others down.

I’m happy somebody’s finally paying attention to the beauty to be found in everybody. But personally, I don’t like being called a “skinny b*%#!,” even if she later asserts that she is “Just kidding!” No, I don’t think I’m fat either, thank you, Meghan. I feel attacked by someone who wears more pastels than even I, and it kinda hurts. It makes me not want to listen to that song.

You know how back in elementary we learned about bullying? And how it was still hurtful even when you said – take a guess – “just kidding!” afterwards. Yeah, it’s like that.

And will guys not like me if I don’t have a big butt?

You can’t make everybody happy with the song; somebody’s always ready to fight it. Maybe I’m one of those people. I don’t know, I just feel like her claims are unfair. Everyone knows booty is back, but that’s just a fad. It’ll fade. Just like the “I wanna be skinny” thing did. What about being valued for what’s inside?

Now, the Disney version would spread a better message. That’s treasuring personality and reminding people to not be a b*%#!. If she claims that everyone is perfect, from the bottom to the top, why doesn’t she also mention that being a good person is attractive, or something like that?

Anyway, why should the opinion of boys be so important?  “It’s okay if you’re big-boned, because boys like that.”  Plenty of people, including myself, suffer from valuing others’ opinion too much, but this song sounds like it’s encouraging it.

“It’s okay to be big-boned or thin, because that’s the way you were made, and people will like you anyways.” How about that bass, Meghan? Now, I’ll forgive you for calling me names, but if it happens again, somebody’s gonna be in some hot water.