I'm currently extremely upset. Why you may ask? Well, mostly because I am currently going through a major mood swing from feeling great to being super angry. But what I just saw on Facebook made it even worse.
A very good friend of mine posted an article about Meghan Trainor on Facebook with a caption highlighting the issues with stuff she has said. Honestly, I thought this issue blew over. I glanced through the comments expecting to see people agreeing with what my friend had to say.
The comments included things such as:
"I think it's absurd people don't like her, even more absurd that they're offended by her music."
"No different from Jennifer Lawrence" (I'll post soon about the amazingness that is Jennifer Lawrence)
"poor thing is trying to make body image an accepted thing and she just keeps getting tossed into the "making hateful comments" bucket.
WELL... I have a few things to say about this.
Firstly, just because someone else is saying worse or singing worse or doing worse doesn't mean that what she is doing is okay. You're still going to get a ticket if you're 30km over the speed limit. Some people may have been 40km over at one point, but that doesn't mean that what you are doing isn't dangerous.
Secondly, 20% of people with eating disorders die. One out of 5. The sad part is, this statistic only looks at the direct correlation. Many have un-diagnosed eating disorders. And many develop complications that will shorten their life span. So yes, the fact that she is so uneducated about eating disorders, claims she 'tried to go anorexic' and that 'she wasn't strong enough to have an eating disorder' IS a big deal. We live in a society where are girls are being bombarded with messages telling them they need to be skinnier. Let's not trigger more girls into thinking that their disordered eating behaviors are normal and show they are strong. This encourages the part of there brain that is sick. yes SICK, because eating disorders are AN ILLNESS NOT A FUCKING CHOICE.
Thirdly, the skinny bitches thing is annoying. There's absolutely no reason that needs to be in the song.
But you know what, I would get over that. If she was educated. Just owned up, said you know what, these were my intentions, sorry if you were offended. But did she do that? no! She went and told people she wasn't strong enough to be anorexic.
I find it frustrating as well that anorexia/bulimia blogs/instagram accounts/twitter accounts and sites such as My Pro-Ana are given so much hate for encouraging or glamorizing eating disorders. People on these websites and accounts are talking about how they have no control over their bowel movements, are incredibly tired or can't go to social events. How is that glamorizing an eating disorder? However, saying you aren't strong enough to have an eating disorder implies that having an eating disorder is something to strive for, is glamorizing what is a terrible and deadly mental illness.
I would like to give a shout-out to the AMAZING YouTuber Natty Valencia for her cover of Meghan Trainor's all about that base.