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.