Yesterday was the official announcement for AMP Radios next contest give away “The Brest Summer ever” and it sparked a huge controversy among listeners. People do what they do best and headed online to start ranting, filling up Amp’s Facebook page and unfortunately spammed my twitter Timeline with complaints and put downs towards the radio station. At first I agreed, I did think it was a little distasteful, thought it was giving kids who listen to the radio the wrong idea about themselves, that having the perfect body is the key to life. I didn’t want to comment on my own opinion whether I was for or against it or start taking sides with those who decided to (in)directly talk about a station. Little do or did they know that the station listens to their viewers, and AMP DJ Buzz Bishop listened and shared his views, blowing off the insults that were then directed towards him and at his place of work. Don’t Shoot the messenger guys, the radio hosts are just doing their job.
This morning I listened to a young lady who had gone from 220 lbs and had lost 80 lbs through lifestyle changes. Good for her that is fantastic. But what we turn a blind eye to in this ladies accomplishment is what she’s left with. Of course many people are so self-absorbed that they truly don’t care about anyone else but themselves – and that’s fine. But try to step outside ‘your’ box, and think about it. She’s doesn’t have the body of a model, even in her great loss, she’s still left with skin that doesn’t ‘fit’. Who are we to say that her wanting a boob job to feel like the woman she is again, is wrong?
I thought about it, and although I don’t need a boob job by any means, I would kill to have an opportunity to have a tummy tuck. Is it because I’m vain? Maybe. But I’ve also got an unsightly 5 inch scar on my abdomen that has left me with less confidence in a bathing suit than someone should be at my size. I had emergency surgery back in 2007 that saved my life. Back in 2009 I went on a trip to Mexico, and let’s be honest you’d receive strange looks if you wore clothes in the pool or along the beach, so I braced myself put on a bikini and ‘owned’ my biggest fault. I didn’t think people would be rude enough to comment on it or stare, but throw a few drinks down the hatch and people have a new-found confidence and can be very blunt. Things such as “nice hack job” or “who did THAT.” were uttered from the words of drunk men and women. One lady told me that her husband took his shirt off donning a horrible scar much similar to mine because of my “confidence”- at the time I didn’t take that as a compliment, not everyone is nice and forgiving, many ask questions and jump to conclusions, and some don’t care and that’s fine too. But when you’re uncomfortable with yourself and its a visible problem or impairment it’s as awkward as an “elephant in the room” scenario.
So although AMP has taken a risk with their contest, I give them kudos for giving a lucky lady an opportunity to feel good about herself again. For those who don’t think its right, you are entitled to think what you want, but who are you to judge, until you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes?
Whether AMP’s intentions are right and they say its to help someone, only time will tell, but after hearing the story this morning, I do believe that it is to help someone who can’t afford to help themselves.