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Thursday, August 7, 2014

‘All About That Bass’ Song Draws Critics

Blogger and author Jenny Trout takes issue with the song "All About That Bass." (Chris McGuire Photography via jennytrout.com)

Blogger and author Jenny Trout takes issue with the song “All About That Bass.” (Chris McGuire Photography via jennytrout.com)

Meghan Trainor’s summer hit, “All About That Bass” is being hailed as a body positive dance tune, but one blogger says, not so fast.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Jenny Trout about her piece “I Am Not All About That Bass: Deconstructing The Summer’s Feel-Good, Body-Positive Hit.”

Trout has several problems with the song, but writes, in part:

What could be a positive message comes out as a backhanded compliment. Sure, every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top, but only grudgingly. You get to feel good about yourself, but only if women Meghan Trainor’s size get to feel better by mocking your appearance. And only if you share the same weight insecurities.

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