The song of the summer. Every year has one. This year it seems a battle between terrible pop songs. There is one entry that intrigued me, "All About That Bass". It might not be the song of the summer, but it is the Fat Acceptance Song of the Year. It is performed by heavyweight Meghan Trainor from Massachusetts. She looks wicked Mass, right down to the jawline and facial bone structure. She's a bigger girl, and not by 10 pounds. The song is annoying, repetitive, kind of a '50s echo (10s-90s-70s-50s nostalgia cycle), and has very few words, so it is easy to put under the microscope. Check the video out too as you read along, kind of a wider set in the video. Side note: The key is that the singer always has to be the thinnest woman on the screen so if she's a bit bigger, her back up dancers have to be even bigger.
The "all about the bass" section is gibberish. It is annoying and meant to get in your head and not leave.
The first verse is her declaration that she ain't a size 2, but she got junk in the trunk where it doesn't fake the funk. She also shakes it like she is suppose to do. Cool endorsement of self objectification you got there. Good message. Empowerment! She smears photoshop as awful and unreal (true), and that "every inch of you is beautiful from the bottom to the top". She switched from declaring herself chunky but a shaking big girl in the right places to affirming the listener that you are beautiful no matter what. Did you start the video? She's just chunky. She is not curvy.
We then hear the "Que Sera Sera" styled refrain where tubbs talks to momma, and momma says you gotta be packing a booty for the men as they like it. mom affirms her being chunky. That then is followed by Meghan switching the refrain up to be about herself again that she will not be a stick figure silicone Barbie doll (Sir Mix-A-Lot, call your lawyer). So if you don't like it boy, get out. Once again, a woman can do no wrong no matter what she does and what she looks like. You the unreasonable world must adjust to her. She will not change, even if it leads to greater risk for breast cancer, heart disease and shorten her life span.
The next verse starts off with "I'm bringing booty back". First, this is a booty. You are just chunky. Second, bitch where have you been? Booty has basically entered the mainstream with the arrival of Jennifer Lopez and has not left since. While there were women known for their rear ends throughout Hollywood or the music industry, the steady focus arrived with J-Lo. This line must be to rip off Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback". At this point just copy and paste a pop song. The next line tells skinny bitches to step back, but then oh nope, she is just joking because she then mocks how thin girls still think they're fat. This is the great irony in America: skinny women get skinny shamed and have lower self esteem than the tubbahs. Is it all a front by the tubbahs? Somewhat. The verse ends with her repeating the beautiful from bottom tot he top line. In verse one, she affirms fatties; verse two self doubting skinny women.
The song ends with the annoying "Que Sera" and "all about that bass" bits. This song is terrible and part of the fat acceptance push. The Mindy Show, Mike and Molly, American Horror Story Season 2, and other pop culture bits. I actually wish Hollywood would cast TV and commercials that reflected our weight WITHOUT the fat acceptance. If Americans regularly saw 1/3 of people on television as obese and another 1/3 as overweight, it might shake some people up. Just don't tell me it's healthy.