Thursday, January 1, 2015

Video Of The Week (Year?): Meghan Trainor

The theme for bubblegum pop this year was ''ass'', from Nicki Minaj's Anaconda to Jennifer Lopez' Booty to Jason Derulo's Wiggle to Meghan Trainor's All About The Bass, which is the subject of this week's post.

Now, it's a bit of a stretch to call Trainor ''fat'' by any measure, but the song isn't actually just about big behinds, it's about the fact that not all girls are ''size two'', with a subtext of ''love who you are, however you are'' but has been confused by idiots as ''anti-feminism'' and ''thin-shaming''.

But everybody's so fucking soft these days, looking for the right reason to be offended by the slightest fucking thing, and if a pop song makes you cry or want to kill yourself, then perhaps the world would be a better place if you did. Or maybe a shrink should make their career (and send their children's children to college) by saving you - either/or, I really don't care.

But again, with the extreme victimization, you just can't have nice things anymore without someone complaining. Political correctness was stupid and cute in the 1980s, but having one's feelings hurt seems to be a tad too easy for some people nowadays, particularly considering the social context we're living in on this planet: third-world famine, instituted corruption, child and slave labor rampant in Asia and Africa, institutionalized racism still prevailing in the American justice system (with a subtext of uniformed public servants never being accountable for their crimes), generalized unwarranted austerity measures throughout the Western world, Equality taking a nosedive in North America, oil companies raping and pillaging the land for a few measly bucks while contaminating the water supply and all surrounding animal life... you'd think people would wake the fuck up and concentrate on saving the broader picture.

But no. Boo-hoo, one girl said thin people aren't the norm.

Instead, they focus on a 21-year-old's lyrics and dissect them past the point of any meaning to find buried in three or four layers of humour something they take offense to. Well, that's their prerogative. Mine is to get this song - the catchiest tune of 2014 - out of my head eventually. But in the meantime, I'll laugh along with Meghan Trainor, who is smart, funny, fun, quirky, cuddly, cute, and probably sarcastic beyond belief.

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