For any of you who haven’t heard the latest top forty earworm, the lyrics are here. If you’d like to have it linger in your brain, check out Youtube (sorry, I can’t
access from work).
On the radio the other day the DJs played a phone call from a supposedly outraged woman that complained that this song was insulting to thin (she used the phrase “in shape”)women and promoted obesity. I say “supposedly” not because that might not truly be her opinion but because of the over the top, Valley Girlesque way she expressed herself.
Does anyone here find it offensive(aside from it being pap)? Do you think it promotes obesity or a healthy self image?
I’m personally not thin enough to be insulted by “skinny bitches” but not fat either, so I don’t need a song to make me feel good about myself (that’s what vodka is for ).
I thought the “I’m just playing” line was whoever wrote the song’s attempt to say that whether you’re thick or thin, you’re beautiful. The effectiveness of this one line buried in the rest of the song is left as an exercise for the listener.
I’ll pick harmless pop song for $200 , Alec.
I think the idea is that beauty is internal, not at the plastic surgeons’ office. Since I am about as far from the demographic as you can get, my reasoning may be suspect. It does stick in your head, though. I, too, am all about the bass…;D
There are some obviously insulting lines, like “silicone barbie dolls” and the “skinny bitches” line isn’t really justified by the lol, jk at the end. However, if this is what gets you outraged after the deluge of fat shaming in pop culture, I have to question your priorities. It isn’t even the worst part of the song, as “it’s ok, men will still want to have sex with you” shouldn’t really be the centerpiece of body positivity.
Just as an aside, the DJs asked her if she was one of those “skinny bitches” ,to which she was happy to reply that “she works hard to stay in shape” and that no one should
be encouraging people “be fat”:rolleyes: So yeah, some bizarre kind of stealth brag going on there.
I pretty much twigged her as a troll, but I thought it was kind of an interesting topic.
Now, on a related subject, I work in an office chock full of young professional type men and I have been, uh, surprised, to notice that the trend of the skinny trouser silhouette have infiltrated men’s dress wear as well. So, I regularly find myself walking behind some young gent and find myself stuck with Jimmy Fallon’s *Tight Pants *song stuck in my head.(Darn it; for some reason I can’t insert a link:mad:) Believe me, that one will stick with you.
I thought the same when I heard the song and saw the video but, well, thin girls are apparently fair game for “Barbie dolls”, “Eat a sandwich”, “At least I’m a real woman”, “Body like a ten-year old boy”, etc comments in today’s culture. Anyone who’d object just needs to “learn to take a joke”.
I’m a guy though who probably should lose a few pounds before it becomes an actual issue so I don’t really have a dog in the fight. I wasn’t offended but I noticed it enough to notice it.