As often as I’ve been hearing it, I think I can assume that many of you have also heard a song called “All About That Bass.” Oh, so catchy. Such a strong singing voice. Such a positive message. Wait, what?
I do think that Meghan Trainor has a fantastic voice, and I love the sound of the song. But, positive message?
“Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size.”
Okay. Don’t worry about your size. Period. Or, since I get a little wordy, I might say:
“Don’t worry about your size. Your worth, your beauty, are not bound up in your size or your appearance. If you are healthy, make good choices to take care of yourself and treat others with kindness and respect, that is what matters.”
I might even throw in something like this:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
Instead, the song goes on to say, “She [Mama] says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.’”
What does that have to do with loving yourself? Are girls supposed to model themselves after whatever it is that boys want at night?
No. That is not what I want my daughter to learn. Or my son, for that matter.
It’s really too bad. I do love the sound of this song, but I cannot support lyrics like these.