“All About That Bass” is all about body shaming


Joey Pavell, Author

For the past couple of months, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” has circulated on the radio. The song’s upbeat tempo and catchiness makes it a perfect candidate for a hit song, but the message the song conveys has some people calling Trainor a bully.

Instead of telling her listeners that every body type is acceptable, Trainor begins to berate thinner people. Her lyrics state that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” and then a few lines later, she claims that she “won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll.” She completely contradicts herself by “skinny-shaming” thinner girls. Though “skinny shaming” is not very prevalent in today’s society, it is still a real issue that should be addressed.

There are two sides to this spectrum. On one side, you have those who are bigger, the people sometimes described as lacking self-control and motivation to become healthier. On the opposite side, there are the thinner people, who run the risk of being considered “image-obsessed.” In society, it seems like there is no in-between. Instead of people just accepting that everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, they are critiquing everyone who walks past them. Everyone is fighting for the seemingly non-existent “perfect body.”

Society needs to stop putting one body type on a pedestal; nobody is perfect. No one will ever achieve that perfect body. Though one may be happy with the way they are, there will always be someone to put them down. There will always be someone to tell that bigger boy to go on a diet. There will always be someone to tell that thinner girl to eat a hamburger. What people need to do is that even if they are happy with themselves, they by no means have the right to put someone else down. Whether you are all about that bass or all about that treble, we need to realize that we are all human beings and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.