If there's ever been a weirder contest prize than this one,
December 8, 2000 5:06 PM   Subscribe

If there's ever been a weirder contest prize than this one, I've never heard of it. Or a more offensive one, actually. I wonder how many women will enter without realizing they've done so?
posted by Steven Den Beste (15 comments total)

 
I wonder if they'd pay for a reduction.
posted by frykitty at 5:16 PM on December 8, 2000


Okay, I'll go ahead and ask the foolish question: what's so offensive about the prize? Are boobjobs offensive? Is so, why? Is it wrong to change something about your body if you want to? If boobjobs aren't offensive, why would a prize boobjob be offensive? Is it only offensive if it's free?


Please note: I'm not especially in favor of boobjobs. I prefer the natural look -- but to each his (her) own, I say.
posted by grumblebee at 5:30 PM on December 8, 2000


ah, yes, the illustrious KLOL, purveyor of misogynistic tripe for far, far too many years. i live in houston, the smoghole from whence they broadcast, and i quit listening after they got women to dye their nipples green for st. patrick's day, and started doing phone sex traffic. also, they play metallica.

i don't think the contest is particularly offensive, no. if there are women in existence who want to try to win a boobjob, let them. i just think the contest is a staggeringly immature move, even for a radio station. the contest is pretty much lowest common denominator, and frankly, i thought it'd have been reached sooner than this.
posted by bluishorange at 6:16 PM on December 8, 2000


my ex-girlfriend entered a similar contest with a sacramento-based station...actually it was a cash amount towards implants or reduction--and for that one the entrants had to send in pics, with logos or stars or whatever covering the nipples, and then you voted for who you thought should get it....she wanted a reduction actually, and i took the pic in an editing bay at my office while everyone else was at lunch.

She wasn't offended a bit, she just wanted to win.
posted by th3ph17 at 6:27 PM on December 8, 2000


Makes sense to me. It's the kind of high-quality entertainment you'd expect from three adults named Grego, Pruett and the Boner.
posted by bilco at 6:56 PM on December 8, 2000


It sounds like their radio audience would do better with a contest to "liposuck that gut of yours, so you fit into those jeans from high school again."
posted by mathowie at 7:03 PM on December 8, 2000


I think I find the web page itself more offensive than the concept of the contest or the prize. Bluishorange is certainly correct about the immaturity of it all.

But the other thing I think is offensive is the potential for abuse. I wasn't kidding about "women entering without knowing it" because I bet a good proportion of the entries will be made by people (mostly men) for women they know but may not be intimate with, whose figures they are critical of, without the knowledge or permission of the women in question. And that is definitely offensive. Imagine the public embarassment if such a woman won, had her name and (likely obscene) entry read over the air and only found about it at that time (or by receiving a phone call or email). How would you like to find out by a public announcement over the radio that someone else thinks your breasts are too small?

I would be far less concerned if they were logging IPs for each entry -- and said so on the web page, so that people knew that entries could be traced. That would cut way down on the abuse potential. If all the entries were genuine and voluntary, and if the web page were perhaps a tadge more tasteful, it would be a different matter.

posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:07 PM on December 8, 2000


How about a little culture jamming?

Enter every man you know.
posted by frykitty at 8:03 PM on December 8, 2000


and if the web page were perhaps a tadge more tasteful
Isn't it "tad"? Rather than "Tadge"?
God, that was pedantic.
posted by davidgentle at 9:12 PM on December 8, 2000


what sickens me most is on the main page of the KLOL site. mouseover the "holiday honkers" image (i can't believe i just typed a phrase like that). the "do me, baby" sound bite in tandem with the before/after image rollover makes me want to puke.

it used to be stevens and pruett, but they fired stevens for some stupid thing or other, i can't even begin to imagine what. god, houston is so embarrassing.
posted by bluishorange at 11:31 PM on December 8, 2000


I guess those Texans realized it's easier to steal from Howard Stern than to broadcast him.
posted by Dirjy at 12:26 AM on December 9, 2000


It's not offensive, just tiresome. NPR's right along the dial.
posted by holgate at 5:54 AM on December 9, 2000


this is nothing new, actually; during a drive out to chicago earlier in the fall i heard an ohio station that was giving a 'body like britney' away.

and some weekly club party in philadelphia gives away breast 'enhancements,' as well.

america: land of the free, home of the 'anyone can be a bunny too' concept.
posted by maura at 7:23 AM on December 9, 2000


What mathowie and frykitty said.
I just might enter some politicians.

Gosh, I love Texas.
posted by mimi at 8:03 AM on December 9, 2000


Howard Stern has done this and 'weirder' things a million times before. Lets stop acting so surprised.
posted by skallas at 12:23 PM on December 9, 2000


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