Anyone living in South Florida and waking up early for work has heard at least one episode of ‘Busted’ on the radio. ‘Busted’ is a radio call in every weekday morning where someone, either man or woman, can call in to test a suspected cheater. For example, you think your husband or boyfriend is cheating on you with your kid’s ballet teacher….well perfect. All you have to do is call in to the show, the radio hosts give your significant other a phone call offering them ‘free roses,’ get a name of who they want to send it to and what they want the note to say to that person. Then you (who is secretly also on the line) confronts your partner on who they sent it to.
A version of this radio event happens all over from “War of the Roses” in California to “Busted” in South Florida. So what is our societies sick obsession with listening to a cheater get caught? Well firstly we all probably love listening since we have suspected a cheater in our romantic past. Plus hearing a lying cheater get caught on air for everyone to hear is quite a catharsis, plus extremely entertaining to hear the excuses that inevitably fall out of their mouth. Because of course even if they flat out get caught cheating there is ALWAYS an excuse….no matter how poorly thought out.
But the problem is that the catharsis of calling your cheating partner out on air is only temporary. After the radio channel has gotten its fun and entertainment of humiliating both YOU and your partner on air, poof they’re done with you. YOU are the one who has to go back to your now shattered life. YOU are the one who has to figure out how to tell your child that daddy will be moving out, because if you air your dirty laundry on air you can’t ever go back for two reasons. One, everybody knows what happened and you look weak and pathetic to even TRY to put anything back together. Two, the likelihood that your partner will even want to when you did something as low as calling them out on the radio is extremely low. So yes, now you know your partner is cheating, and you provided entertainment to at least half of South Florida’s population, but you are the one left with the mess. So do yourself a favor, confront your partner in the privacy in your own home…that way you’ll be able to decide on your own time what you want to do about the situation, and you may stand a chance with some other person in Florida should you decide to end the relationship. Because nobody will want to hook up with the girl or guy who called their partner out on live radio.