I am not a golf fan, but I am a Tiger Woods fan. Yesterday he won the Memorial and it was good to see him in the winner circle again. We all witnessed his fall from grace and we can make no excuses for his unwise choices, but the man did nothing criminal, but the media that once loved him crimialized his bad behavior. The media seemingly took great joy in chronicling his losses over the past 2 years so it was good to hear that he won yesterday, and and that the Tiger magic was back.
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We live in the communication age and that is a blessing and a curse. Some people simply communicate too much. Twitter has provided people with a forum that allows them to chronicle all of their idol thoughts. Some thoughts should be kept to yourself. Case in point Jim Carrey recently tweeted about the Tiger Woods scandal “No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity. Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. kids/lifestyle ;^)” So it’s Elin’s fault that her husband is a serial adulterer. Yes let’s blame the wife she must have known. We don’t know what she knew or when she knew it but it is unfair to try to fault her in this situation. This tweet borders on calling her a gold digger.
Over the past few months we have been inundated with stories about cheaters. In politics, we have seen John Edwards, Mark Sanford and David Vitter. Tiger Woods set the gold standard for bad behavior, but we have been astounded by the behavior of Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James. Yesterday we learned Tiki Barber has left his wife who is eight months pregnant with twins for a 23 year old NBC intern. The women in their lives have either moved out or moved on, but we have not seen any of them take it the street until now. Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon learned her husband was cheating and she sent an email to co-workers saying,” “Tiger Woods/Jesse James/Mike Nilon … What do they have in common … I found out today that MY husband of almost 9 yrs has been having an affair for 5 yrs with some slut in ChicagoAnd I have been duped!! Our boys don’t deserve this!” She called him out because she has been embarrassed and humiliated. Was it the right thing to do? I don’t know but I do understand.
In February Vanity Fair featured Tiger Woods on the cover, but it was Woods like we had never seen him. It was the menacing muscular scary Tiger Woods who fooled America for so many years so this was for them a big reveal. Vanity Fair is continuing their assault on Woods in the upcoming May issue. Just in time for his Masters comeback. We get the opportunity to hear more tales from the women who claim to have had affairs with the golf superstar, but they go further than that. They take pot shots at his dead father, Earl Woods, and they also tell us how Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan were bad influences on Woods. What is the real point of this article? Is Vanity Fair this desperate for readers? It seems all of these women with their assorted tales have stayed long past their designated 15 minutes of fame, but if there is a microphone or a check with their name on it they are more than willing to share intimate details of their affairs with the superstar, and as long as they are willing to talk Vanity Fair is willing to print and that’s a real shame.
The media finally got what they wanted. Tiger Woods talked to ESPN and the Golf Channel. he admitted his wrongdoings and he is committed to change. Woods said he was living a lie. He was asked why he ever got married, and he responded that he loved his wife. Is this enough? For some but for those that want him to recite all the salacious details they will forever be disappointed. What Woods did was immoral, but not illegal. At this point he has said enough and it is time for him to get back to golf.
Over the past few days we have seen Rielle Hunter feign dismay at the photos she voluntarily took for Esquire magazine. We also saw her bad mouth Elizabeth Edwards in an article in that same magazine. Michelle McGee reportedly had an affair with Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James. McGee reportedly sold her story to In Touch magazine for $30,000. She claims to have had an affair with him that lasted for 11 months. Throughout the awards season Bullock has gushed effusively over her roughneck spouse. James has issued an apology denying the majority of the accusations. Over the past few months we have all seen or heard from numerous women who claimed to have slept with Tiger Woods. They have all gladly shared their stories for a price. So what does this say about us? It says we are reading and watching these women as they step to the microphone and share their sordid tales. Media outlets know there is a market that craves all the salacious details of these affairs and they will pay to play. So that leaves us with one question: who is the whore in the relationship? The women that sleep with married men or the media that will pay for the rights to publish the sleaze?
Tiger Woods announced today that he will return to golf to play in the masters. Woods said “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta. The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.” This will probably be the most watched golf event ever. The world will be watching and the press will be commenting on more than his swing. Undoubtedly the press will be commenting from today until the tournament starts, but it is time for Woods to get back to work, and hopefully the press will get out of the way and let him do just that.
This Sunday the Oscars will air on ABC. Barbara Walters does a special each year with top contenders. This year MoNique will be one of her featured guests. She speaks candidly about her marriage. She says “Let me say this: I have not had sex outside my marriage with Sidney. Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That’s not a deal-breaker. That’s not something that would make us say, ‘Pack your things and let’s end the marriage.’” She also says it doesn’t matter how many times he does it: “What if it’s 20 times? So what? We’ve been best friends for over 25 years, and we truly know who we are. Oftentimes, people get into marriages and they don’t know who they’re laying next to. I’m very comfortable and secure with my husband.” A number of people have criticized MoNique’s stance on this issue. Asking questions like “why get married?” This is so interesting in light of the public’s reaction to Tiger Woods. He has been branded Public Enemy Number 1 for having numerous affairs. She is criticized for saying she would be alright with her husband having extramarital activities and the public is critical of this. She goes into the situation with her eyes wide open and this too is objectionable. I am not condemning or condoning either scenario I am just highlighting the hypocrisy of our society. That is not the point of this post. the point is a celebrity in our society is damned if they do and if they don’t.
A few weeks ago PETA released an ad comparing the TLC Duggar family ( they have 19 chilren) with dogs. Over the summer they compared obese women to whales. They also used the image of Mrs. Obama and other celebrities without their permission. There latest ad takes a pot shot at Tiger Woods. What has happened to this organization. The message that you need to spay and neuter your animals is simply getting lost in the controversy. Sure the ads get talked about but is that the goal of the organization? Do they simply want to create buzz or do they really want to help the animals? From where I sit it looks like buzz is the goal.
Tiger Woods had numerous affairs with a myriad of white women. This would be a big story under any circumstances, but would we see this same level of indignation if the women had been black? I was talking to a friend about this today after Tiger Woods made his statement. She said it would be a big story, but what she has noticed is some of the press have tried to legitimize some of his conquests. Rachel Uchitel has landed a TV Job on the show Extra. She might have gotten this job anyway, but her notoriety probably played into the decision. CNN correspondent Lisa Bloom, said that Tiger Woods should also apologize to all of his mistresses. Bloom said “These women may have just been sex objects to him, but they are human beings also hurt by his actions, and also deserving of an apology. Why were they left out? Are they still just playthings in his eyes?” (By the way Lisa bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred who represents two of the women who are now suing Woods.) This kind of thinking intrigues me. When you knowingly date a married man you know what you are doing is wrong. Woods did not knock these women out, drag them to a cave, and have his way with them they were willing participants. They all knew he was married with children, and they like him simply did not care, but why are we treating these women with kid gloves. Would America be reacting with this level of indignation if their names were Shaquita, Tanisha and Ebony? Would they be characterized as victims or bimbos? I had never wanted to go down this road, but as I watch the media react to the apology, and the anger some have shown it does make one wonder if they want to start calling Tiger Woods “uppity”, and if they do would it be about his need to control or something else.