Dear Meghan Trainor,
We, you and me, are all right. Go ahead; take a deep sigh of relief.
I read a blog the other day, crediting you to a lot of things I don’t believe you’re responsible for (Taylor was right, haters are going to hate). In lieu of this, I thought you’d be happy to know, I have got your back (figuratively).
I am not offended by your music, or to be more specific, your lyricism. I don’t think you sat down with a guitar, or a piano, or a xylophone one day and thought, “I hate skinny people, someone needs to put them in their place. Also, my butt looks great today. I should write a song with these reoccurring lyrical themes running through it.”
Don’t worry though Meg, (can I call you Meg?) I have compiled for you a selection of reasons why I think people need to chill out.
First off, I think the people who are having such a hard time with you, are taking you and your music way too seriously. Not to say your music has not had a lot of thought put into it, but let’s be real; it’s not a piece of government legislation… you are writing pop songs.
I understand the powerful affect music can have on an individual, but I didn’t go screaming for the hills when Destiny’s Child released “Bootylicious.” I didn’t think, “Oh no! Beyonce said that I wasn’t ready for their jelly, but it seems as if they’re providing me with their jelly regardless. I’m not ready! Your body is just too Bootylicious for me.”
I have never sought out abuse from a man because Britney Spears seemed to be so hell bent on being hit one more time.
I have not kissed a girl, because even though Katy Perry seemed to enjoy it, I don’t feel like I would.
You know why? Because I don’t live my life by these songs (if I did I’d be living out some strange montage of the Backstreet Boys Greatest hits)!
All music has a message; some are messages of love, some of hatred, some have deep political messages, and there are some that are meant to be tongue-in-cheek. I feel like “All About That Bass” is meant as the latter.
Secondly, I think the concept of a “self-image role model” is a bit of a joke.
Do you have great self-image?
No? That’s too bad for you.
It doesn’t help or hinder me.
Thankfully (or sometimes regretfully), my self-image is really only controlled by me. Which means, that if I don’t like hearing about your love for fine booty because it makes me doubt the quality of my own, that’s my issue, not yours.
Third and lastly, I feel like you’re getting way too much credit.
Here is a list of songs which seem to possess preferential treatment towards big butts:
- Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back”
- “My Anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns hun.”
- Snoop Dog and Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle”
- “You know what to do with that big fat butt… wiggle, wiggle, wiggle”
- Jenifer Lopez and Iggy’s “Booty”
- “Mesmerized by the size of the, You can find it if you like take your time, I can guarantee you’ll have the time of your life, Throw up your hands if you love a big booty” (Poetry, I know)
- Black Eyed Pea’s “My Humps”
- “Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside that trunk? I’m gonna get get get you drunk; get you love drunk off this hump.”
There are many more. I am not kidding. Google, “Songs about booty.” You’re sure to find a myriad of musical gems.
I say all this not to trash musicians who were previously inspired by a woman’s posterior, and of course, not to diminish your contribution to this classic collection. I am merely pointing out that, “All About that Bass,” does not contain revolutionary content. The booty has been sung about for years, and in significantly more derogatory ways.
Do I love the “skinny bitches” line in your song? No, not particularly.
Do I love the way any sized woman is acknowledged in most pop, rap, country, or rock music ever through out history? No, not particularly.
You know M (can I call you M?); I think the world needs to cop a balance. There is not one ideal body type for women. Bottom line (no pun intended), if you are a woman, and you have a body, that’s ideal. We should appreciate our bodies, take care of them, and value them for what they are: a container for much more important things.
You are a fun, young woman, who wrote a catchy song about enjoying your body, to which makes curvy girls everywhere wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, and that’s okay.
Your shoulders don’t need to carry the weight of all the women who have body issues.
Women People need to stop blaming music, television, movies, and video games for the world’s problems, and get working on their own problems.
No one person is to blame, not even you Meghan Trainor.