Women’s History Month Spotlight: Melanie Martinez

Womens History Month Spotlight: Melanie Martinez

By Misha Speede and Lana Noredin

2/9/2021

(Trigger Warning:// Blood, Slight Gore, Suicide, Use of  Drugs/Getting drugged/Pills, Depression, Anxiety, Eerie, Eating Disorders/Anorexia/Bulimia, Bullying/Harassment, Language| K-12 Recommended for grades 7th+| Where to watch: Youtube)

Women’s History Month Spotlight #4 is Melanie Martinez. She is a model for the alternative pop world and makes music that reflects on the struggles of society. She stands up against racism, homophobia, transphobia, and more. Her time on The Voice, at only fourteen years, really did a wonderful job and helped her develop her own style of music. Melanie Martinez is especially known for her early 2000s trend-setting look within the alternative pop music community. She is known for her half black-half dyed hairstyle parted down the middle, and her adept ability to write music in a childish format with important themes. 

  1. The Principal
    1. The song’s lyrics analyze Melanie’s view on Trump. Eg. “Shooting at the angels while claiming you’re a good guy.”  This verse talks about how Trump poorly handles school shootings and never takes accountability for any of his actions.
  2. Orange Juice
    1. This songs’ meaning has to do with many young adults/teens suffering from eating disorders/body dysmorphia, especially in these times because of society. Eg. “Ooh, I wish I could give you my set of eyes, ‘cause I know yours ain’t working fine.’” This verses’ meaning is all about how Melanie wishes that they could “switch eyes” so that they can see themselves in her perspective. Melanie’s perspective is that everyone’s beautiful. No matter what.
  3. Mad Hatter 
    1. The song’s meaning has to do with Melanie accepting and loving herself, Eg. “So what if I’m crazy? The best people are.” It doesn’t make much sense but switch out the word crazy with weird or abnormal. What Melanie’s trying to make clear is that it’s okay to be abnormal, nobody’s perfect. 

Melanie Martinez is significant to Glasgow’s community because she sings and talks about tough subjects no one really talks about and provides a sense of comfort to those who are experiencing these feelings. From singing about those who have severely wronged others in the world to singing about her own depression and how it affects others,  she educates others properly on the sensitive topics in this world. 

Sources:

https://melanie-martinez.fandom.com/wiki/Melanie_Martinez

https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/melanie-martinez-32659.php

https://www.vogue.com/article/melanie-martinez-cry-baby-lollapalooza