January 31, 2006

Clearly, There Are No Depths To Which Our Culture Will Not Stoop

Oh, dear Lord.

In case you're afraid to follow the link above, or in case you followed it but are certain your eyes must be playing tricks on you, I'll summarize. I've ranted before about HOT! 99.5, Washington's #1 purveyor of pitiful pop music for mouth-breathing morons. Now, given this station's packaging and intended target audience, I don't expect them to devote their resources to ending world hunger or anything. But now, in what might well be the tackiest thing I have ever heard of that did not involve the Fox network, HOT! 99.5 has decided to reach out to one struggling, underprivileged young woman in the area and improve her life by giving her... a boob job!

I suppose I shouldn't expect anything else from a station that deems "My Humps" a song worthy of endless airplay. I tried very, very hard to come up with any possible upside this particular promotion might have, and all I could come up with is this: At least the winner of this contest will not be paying for her own breast enhancement, possibly spending money that should be applied toward, say, food or her children's education. Although if there is a woman out there who would seriously consider cosmetic surgery ahead of food or education, she should probably not be allowed to breed in the first place.

In conclusion, I ask: Does this promotion actually attract listeners to the station? And must I share a culture with the people who think this is a good idea? Stop this country, I want to get off. Again.

Posted by Mediocre Fred at January 31, 2006 10:42 AM | TrackBack

It's not unlike The Swan and other TV shows in which people are gifted with cosmetic surgery. The main thing that annoys me about it is that it's just a boob job. At least The Swan could look above a woman's neck to determine what should be improved to make her attractive. Except that the runner-up gets a hair and makeup session, and a one year gym membership, so I guess they figure that in the absence of fake breasts, a pretty face and healthy body will do. The other troubling thing is that the contest excludes women who have had surgery previously, even if it was due to illness rather than vanity. If there's such a thing as a deserving recipient of breast augmentation, surely it's a woman who had a mastectomy.

Posted by: PG at February 2, 2006 10:49 PM

Well, I also found The Swan perfectly appalling, although at least they had the decency to make it sound pleasant. "Breast Year Ever," besides being a stupid pun, is obnoxiously crude. Our culture is a living example of the "lowest common denominator."

Posted by: Mediocre Fred at February 3, 2006 01:23 PM
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