High school jock ostracized for listening to Meghan Trainor
Kooskia, Idaho By all accounts, Josh Tills should be having the time of his life at the top of the popularity chain. Seventeen years old. Quarterback position on the high school football team. Good looks with a brain to match. Everything a teenaged boy could ever hope for.
Instead, the Clearwater Valley High School junior has found himself the butt of jokes and shunned from every social circle at school after it became public knowledge that he enjoys listening to Meghan Trainor’s music.
“I guess one of the guys on the team must have seen me in the car grooving along to ‘All About That Bass’ after practice. I always put that song on after practice,” said Tills. “Then it was all downhill from there. I suddenly became this big sorry outcast that everyone secretly made fun of.”
“But now it’s like I’ve got this scarlet letter on me that I can’t live down, like it’s too late. Meghan Trainor ruined my life.”
Tills said all his friends stopped talking to him and his relationship with his girlfriend Paula Ayers disintegrated shortly thereafter. He stopped getting invitations to house parties and other social events.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of Tills’ former friends said: “We thought Josh was this cool slick guy, but turns out he’s not so slick. He lost all his swag because of that lame Meghan Trainor chick.”
The teen admitted he didn’t realize listening to Trainor was “uncool” and said he would do anything to get his life back to the way it was before he ever deliberately played her music.
“I just want things to go back to the way they used to be, when I was popular and everyone liked me. I started listening to Hozier. I blast Rae Sremmurd on the regular,” he said. “But now it’s like I’ve got this scarlet letter on me that I can’t live down, like it’s too late. Meghan Trainor ruined my life.”
Things have gotten so bad for Tills that he has developed severe anxiety and mild depression. He has started seeing a psychiatrist for treatment on a regular basis. His parents, Bill and Julia Tills, have contemplated transferring their son to another school but were dissuaded from doing so by Clearwater Valley Principal Dave Harrington.
“I just don’t think it’s a good idea to disrupt Josh’s academic progress just because a few kids think him a fool for listening to bland, mediocre pop music,” said Harrington. “It’s just not very practical.”
Harrington encouraged Tills to “stick to his guns” and reminded him that a lot of famous achievers listened to “horrific, disposable music” at one point in their lives.
“I know for a fact that Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor listened to a lot of Celine Dion,” said Harrington. “That didn’t stop her from reaching the heights she has reached.”
Trainor’s debut album, Title, was released on January 9, 2015. It sold 195,000 copies in its first week of sale, and hit the top spot of the Billboard 200 Album Chart.