Video Review: Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”

Behind a lavender background, Trainor, in a sky blue dipped hem blouse, a pink bow around her head, and lace up high heel shoes, starts to sing. Sione Maraschino starts to dance in his own segment. Then, in a pink background, Trainor is sitting in a chair with her dancers around her, wearing a rose crown.

The stereotypical Skinny Girl watches in disgust as one of Trainor’s dancers shakes her butt right in her face. Next, she is in a children’s bedroom, watching her friends have a pillow fight.

Three girls are wearing Sia-inspired platinum blonde wigs, their bangs hiding their eyes. Another clip shows Skinny Girl photoshopped to have more curves. Maraschino dances with the Skinny Girl. Skinny Girl blows him off.

Two girls play in their room with a dollhouse. Trainor and her Ken-like husband sit across from each other at the kitchen table. The three Sia-girls return and do their choreography. She and her other dancers perform the Robot. Her husband and Trainor are revealed to be made of plastic. The girls play with their dolls again. Maraschino keeps on dancing, much to Skinny Girl’s chagrin. Skinny Girl gets her own chance in the spotlight and tries to be sexy.

Maraschino dances alone again in the lavender background. A three-tiered cupcake tray is shown. Every single one of them looks delectable. Trainor returns to the children’s bedroom, sitting next to the dollhouse. Skinny Girl and Trainor’s dancer face off yet again. But this time, Trainor’s dancer knocks her away with her butt. Skinny Girl flies away, nearly falling. Then, every single dancer gets her own moment to shine.

Trainor has a Britney Spears moment, lying on cotton candy colored lace while she moves suggestively. Skinny Girl learns to appreciate Trainor’s dancer. The Ken-like husband never moves. The two girls start to dance in their bedroom. The dancers see themselves on “Bass Magazine.” Skinny Girl joins in on the fun with Trainor’s dancer. Trainor’s dancers sit on children’s bicycles. Maraschino does the splits. Everyone dances, finally happy about their bodies. Maraschino and Skinny Girl are best friends for life. Trainor laughs at the end. She knew it all along. She was waiting for everybody else to realize it


 Rating: 1.5/5

Trainor, unfortunately, is cast as a woman-child. It’s as though she is 12 and not her actual 20 years old. The heart-print Jacquard dress layered with the hem-dipped blouse., polka-dotted pantyhose, lace up shoes and lacy pink bow is too much. It’s unfortunate for a song about body positivity that Trainor is wrapped up in clothing. Not even a shred of skin peeks through. It undermines the song’s entire message.The wonder and innocence of the video doesn’t necessarily suit her. However, she is able to make do with the material she is given.

     Director: Fatima Robinson Year: 2014


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