Meghan Trainor just released a beautifully retro music video for her single "Let You Be Right," set in a neon-lit roller rink and arcade. Watch it above on YouTube.
With lasers, light-up shoes, and glitter jackets, Trainor demonstrates just how glamorous roller skating can be. The music video features fun, energetic choreography from Trainor and her background dancers, clad in funky, '90s-esque outfits. As they dance inside the roller rink, and Trainor gives sultry looks to the camera while her image is reflected in hazy kaleidoscope patterns. The video's glamorous lighting is really its high point; as Trainor noted in an interview with Glamour Magazine, "I want lasers, and I want it to look cool. I wanted cool effects. I wanted it to look like we spent a lot of money, you know?"
She talked about her inspirations in an interview with Idolator: "I love those early Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys pop moments and I was trying to bring some of that back... ["Let You Be Right"] is my best video yet. I swear, it’s so pretty and so well done. We have so many great looks that came from my brain and from Pinterest and my team."
With a video so bold, Trainor's actual message is surprisingly complacent. She sings of backing out of an argument with her boyfriend for the sake of not fighting: "I don't wanna fight tonight / I'ma let you be right / We can make up if you just kiss me at the next traffic light." At first, the lyrics can be a little off-putting, especially in our current social climate that increasingly encourages women to speak out, using pop music as a prime medium for expressing empowerment. It almost feels as if Trainor is going against this notion of outspokenness, and instead promoting the subservient stance of women to their male partners — with an antiquated style comes antiquated values.
While this may not be Trainor's intention, this would not be the first time she has been criticized for encouraging old-fashioned views on gender roles. Trainor has had her share of controversies surrounding seemingly-positive female anthems. Her breakout song, "All About That Bass," came under fire for masking sentiments of objectification behind phony body-positivity, with lyrics like "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night." She also received heavy backlash for the music video for "Dear Future Husband," which features her wearing a 1950s housewife outfit while scrubbing floors and working hard in the kitchen. Trainor has not commented on the feminist connotations of the lyrics for "Let You Be Right," but the song feels like more of an expression of something she personally experiences with her boyfriend than an expression of a larger social message.
"Let You Be Right" will be featured on Trainor's upcoming album, which does not yet have a name or release date. For upcoming concert tickets and more, check out Meghan Trainor's Zumic artist page.