are on fire, both literally and figuratively. The two zany hosts, who have drawn comparisons to Howard Stern for their say anything, do anything attitude, are better than ever, but not everyone is happy about it. I'll get to that in a sec, but let me first introduce these guys for those who are not familiar with them.
The comic duo of Opie and Anthony, or simply "O and A" to their die hard listeners, have always pulled no punches on the radio. They initially had a cult following in their early years, but have now entered the mainstream after the duo reportedly signed million dollar a year contracts last year. Yet their shtick is still there, and they still remain two of the funniest guys on the radio, perhaps even funnier than the infamous Howard Stern himself. I had stopped listening to them once I got to college, but apparently I've been missing out because they've only gotten better since then. Check them out on WNEW radio if you live in the tri-state area or check your local listings.
Anyway, here is the point I want to make. Recently, the duo "dumped" one of their die hard fans, "Stalker Patti", who was a frequent visitor to the show. Patti is a somewhat mentally retarded woman who had become obsessed with the show, and considered the duo her family. O and A eventually decided to let her go yesterday after she had apparently wore out her welcome. "It's about ratings Patti. There's not much more we can do with you now. We've shaved your head...twice even. It's time for you to go." Obviously this revelation came as quite a shock to Patti who thought all along that the comic duo really loved her. Perhaps O and A were a bit too candid, but give them credit for letting her say good bye on the air, rather than at a back stage meeting where no one would have heard about it.
Many of the duo's listeners called in today claiming they were no longer listeners to the show because of the duo's remarks to Patti. Of course, these are the same people who laughed at Patti when O and A took advantage of her "talents" to boost the ratings. They weren't complaining then.
Which brings me to my point. The media and our society in general complains so much about not getting honest or candid quotes from athletes or other famous people these days. And they're right. Public figures have been reduced to spilling out constant cliches in order to achieve strong public relations. Why is this? Because when they actually have the guts to say what they really feel, you have people like some of the Opie and Anthony listeners whining and moaning. Some people need to loosen up, or else saying what you really feel will become a form of voluntary censorship.