We're not one to follow asinine, trendy linguistic trends (sorry, not sorry: yes, we are, brah), but we love how fired up everyone is over so-called "skinny shaming," and justifiably so. For those who don't know: skinny shaming is when a person who isn't skinny insults a person who is skinny and it's become prevalent in today's pop culture.
In the wake of recent, semi-controversial hits like Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," the following terms have saturated the media: size oppression, reverse sexism, skinny-prejudice, reverse fat-shaming, and anti-feminism.
Like skinny shaming, these terms create wonderful headlines, but only convolute the real issue behind these insulting lyrics: nothing about bashing another person's body type is empowering or will change your own body image. It may feel good for a moment, but haters are still going to wind up unhappy with themselves (and their body types) in the end.
Skinny shaming lyrics are more often just women shaming, and isn't that something the artists — especially the female singers — should be ashamed of? We don't need encouragement from celebrities to make women feel like they need to compete with each other, when the media already makes women feel they need to look like the celebrities du jour.
Here are the Top 8 songs that disrespect skinny girls:
8. Hole – Skinny Little Bitch:
"Skinny little bitch / Staring at the mirror / In your desperation to disappear / And you would be oh so dumb to fuck with me… You staggered here on broken glass / So I could kick your scrawny ass."
6. U2 – Big Girls Are Best:
"She's elliptical / Also political / All so spiritual / Not superficial / Yeah, she's tropical / Yes, she's illogical / Those little girls are a pest / Big girls are the best."
6. Piano Red (AKA: Dr Feelgood) and The Interns – Dr Feelgood:
"Hey all of you women, now don't come around / Unless you weigh, around 400 pounds / I'm from way down home / And I don't dig chawing bone."
5. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Baby Got Back:
"So I'm lookin' at rock videos / Knock-kneeded bimbos walkin' like hoes
You can have them bimbos / I'll keep my women like Flo Jo… / To the beanpole dames in the magazines: You ain't it, Miss Thing!"
4. The Kinks – Skin and Bone:
"She used to be so cuddly / She used to be so fat / But oh what a sin cos she's oh so thin / That she lost all the friends that she had / She look like skin and bones."
3. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass:
"I'm bringing booty back / Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that / No I'm just playing. I know you think you're fat."
2. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda:
"Where my fat ass big bitches in the club? / Fuck the skinny bitches / Fuck the skinny bitches in the club / I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the mother fucking club, fuck you if you skinny bitches."
1. Alan O'Day – Skinny Girls:
"Take em' to a drive in (drive in, drive in, drive in).
They can liven up the show (show show show)
Nobody has to know.
Now if they slow you down,
you can pick 'em up off the ground
when you're ready to go.
They make you feel gigantic.
They go frantic over you.
Nothing you have to do.
When you want to be alone,
just turn 'em to the side.
They're easy to hide."