Monday, November 30, 2009

Why All the Hoopla Over Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods has never pretended to be anything beyond a great professional golfer. He may end up being the greatest of his time, maybe of all time. He has not pretended to be a perfect Christian. He has never set himself up as a role model. He has managed his finances, and stayed out of trouble. He has in fact been very private about his life. He plays a golf tournament and goes home, or wherever.

Last week something happened at his home. He ran his vehicle into a tree and a fire hydrant. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of him. He did not talk to police. He was not required by law to talk to the police. His accident took place on private property. He was the only one injured, so what is the problem?

I, frankly, do not care about Tiger Woods' private life. It is his to live and work out. If he has problems, we, the public do not need to know the details. There do not need to be helicopters surrounding his house and cameras waiting at the entrance to his subdivision or whatever they call developments where the ultra rich live.

If Tiger cheated on his wife, he has not portrayed himself to be perfect and above a bit of sinning. In other words, he is not Sarah Palin or Mark Sanford. What he does has no effect on my life and the lives of the rest of the American public. We do not vote for him. He does not spend our tax money and vote on issues that affect our lives. Leave him alone and let he and his wife work out whatever has affected them, if, indeed, anything has affected them. It is none of our business.

8 comments:

rainlillie said...

Well said, GMM! Some folks love to see turmoil in the lives of the rich and famous. I'm just happy that Tiger wasn't seriously injured.

Doug B said...

I agree totally. Yesterday evening NBC News devoted nearly five minutes to this non-story. That time could have been much better spent.

Diane J Standiford said...

I would agree except that Tiger sold himself to US, to consumers, the minute he put on Nike's (or whatever, I don't golf, don't follow Tiger Woods, knew/know nothing of his family/sexual life), the minute he signed a contract to advertise products (He has some commercials out for something or other.)he became a representative of that company. (Laws were even made that the celeb had to truly USE the product they endorsed)The clothes, limos, "perks" these celebs are given are paid for by US, the consumer, and we buy an image. It is not a secret. We all know the game we play and their are rules. It is why no company signs me to a million dollar ad contract---I am not good enough. It is why ex cons don't get contracts to sell baby powder. I shed no tear for Tiger. If HE is crying, he can use some of those million dollars to dry his eyes. WE made him stinking rich, for hitting a ball with a club better than the next guy. Not for curing a disease or ending a war---hitting a ball and looking cute doing it. Consumers OWN his business, his business IS our business; he can drop out any time he wants. There would be a long line of people who would sign there business with us for millions...in a heart beat.

Diane J Standiford said...

I really do know the difference between there and their...I'm suffering, ye, suffering from a cold. Oh, I mean, I'm testing to see if YOU know the difference! Yeah! (See, Tiger, all in the spin. FOUR!)

Dirk said...

It's all about idol worship. It amazes me that there is so much interest in the private lives of actors/actresses & professional athletes. The interesting thing is that we're just a few hundred years past Hollywood types being court jesters & wandering minstrels which were at the bottom of the caste. Athletes were not much different. It's a shame that so many people make it a point to know all there is to know about these people's private lives, & know so little about important things like how our government works and current events.

Good post, Ralph.

Doug Robertson said...

I couldn't agree with you more, I've been beyond annoyed at this hoopla. Not a golf fan, not even a Tiger fan, but it's obvious he's never tried to present himself as any sort of role model beyond being a great golfer. He didn't necessarily ask for celebrity, he's still human, and I'd bet more than a few poking their nose in where it doesn't belong wouldn't be so eager if the cameras were turned back toward them.

Georgia Mountain Man said...

As usual the losers are the wife and kids, but if this article is correct,

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/Details-of-Elin-Woods-newly-rewritten-prenup-em?urn=golf,206529

the wife may be the winner in the long run. Sounds like wasn't much of a marriage to begin with. Mostly a business arrangement. One thing for sure, it will be a business arrangement from here on. Again, if this is correct.

Diane J Standiford said...

People sell out. The American dream and all. Once you sell, you are sold. Tiger wants me to watch his commercials, buy his sales pitch, but not watch anything else he does. All on HIS terms. Please. He is rich, the wife is rich, the mistresses will be rich, everybody rich but me, I just lost $50 on ordinar gym shoes. Give me his millions and you can stick a camera up my %^&. Tiger Woods has had PLENTY of privacy. More than I ever will, in Bahamas, Europe, penthouse suites in Hotels around the world. I have NO interest in Tiger Woods or golf and I don't know anyone personally who does. The issue is privacy for celebs, nothing comes without a price. The media makes these stories. Blame them.