December 3

Tiger Woods Public Image

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog | 4 Comments


I just wanted to blog briefly about Tiger Woods recent issues in his marriage and with the media. It is predominately because of what is being said. It is partly because of the outrage I feel towards those that are condemning him, tossing stones, and behaving as if they don’t live in glass houses.
Honestly, I think Jason Whitlock discusses it best, and I again refer my readers to his article. In his article Jason Whitlock says “This isn’t about Tiger being a spokesman for major companies. He replaced Michael Jordan as the top product pitchman because he’s the greatest golf champion we’ve ever seen. If a squeaky image led to endorsements, Billy Graham, TD Jakes and The Pope would all be pushing Tide, Gatorade, Crest and gym shoes.”
To me, this is another example of how the media, whether it be television, movies, or in articles, attempt to portray an image of perfection that is unattainable for most, if not all. And within this portrayal, we all act surprised when someone falls short.
Tiger Woods is a great golfer who wants his privacy. He didn’t take steroids or cheat his sport in any fashion. He was unfaithful to his wife. But why are we scrutinizing him for that? How many male celebrities who have women almost literally throwing themselves at them are faithful? Hell, how many males are faithful period? I seriously doubt it is the majority, at least not from my perspective as a friend to many males over my lifespan. Billy Joel, who is not all that attractive, cheated on Cristie Brinkley, who many considered to be one of the most beautiful women at the time. Yet I’ve spoken to people who are shocked Tiger cheated on his beautiful wife. This is because many believe there is a perfectness that will keep them from doing what they’ve done before. It is more of the “I will be better, or happier, or whatever, when I have this.” The truth is, no matter how good something is, it becomes standard when you’ve had it long enough. A new car is wonderful for a while. But then we get used to things, and in this culture, we seek something newer, and more exciting in that moment.
I’m not a huge Tiger fan. I’m not even a fan of professional golf. I play golf very occasionally and very badly. I have only watched it on television when trying to avoid being with people I didn’t want to be with and trapped at their homes. This man is the greatest golfer we’ve seen. Why do we expect him to also be the epitome of morals? Most importantly, when are we going to look at what is important in our lives, rather than focusing on what celebrities are doing? Why do we have to keep pretending that this perfectionistic standard of humanity exists? Why can’t we all accept that we are flawed, and so are those that we look up to? At least he didn’t stand up and say he was a role model for marriage before this. Or say he was against the immoral conduct of others (think Eliot Spitzer).  All he does is play golf really really well, and not want to talk to the media about his personal life.

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4 Responses to “Tiger Woods Public Image”

  1. Ari on December 4th, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    I think you’re right, we should just leave the poor guy alone. It is unfair for the media to place such high standards on celebrities since after all it is the population that decides that a person is a ‘role model’ not the person themselves. Therefore, why should such-and-such a person live up to perfectionist moral ideals when they didn’t even Choose to be a role model. Also, who are these media people that they have decided to throw the first stone-I wonder how their lives are. I bet they have certain secrets that they wish no one knew about.

  2. William Berry on December 4th, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Thank you for the comment. Actually, if you read Whitlocks article he points out members of the media that have cast stones and while having similar issues or other motives in their backyard.
    I also want to add that one golfer, who introduced Tiger to one of the alleged women he had an affair with, stated “I thought he was a better person”. I find this statement reprehensible, and wish someone would dig up his skeletons to knock him down off of his high horse. We all have skeletons. It is my opinion pretending we don’t only exacerbates the problem.

  3. Sabrina on December 5th, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    This is what Hugh Hefner said about the whole situation: “I think the only surprise in it, quite frankly, is that anybody would be surprised. If you’re a good-looking guy and young and healthy, the notion that there would be something else going on, well, marriage is just a convenience. It’s very nice for raising kids, but the notion that monogamy lasts forever is a wish!” I have a feeling, based on past blogs, that you would agree with it.

  4. William Berry on December 5th, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    I do agree, although I’m not sure how I feel about agreeing with Hugh Hefner and what that might say.

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