Today I heard that Tiger Woods has been publicly chastised by the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club for disappointing us, and worse, disappointing our children and grandchildren.
And then I heard that Nike has released a new commercial featuring Tiger looking like a humbled schoolboy while his dead father’s voice says he wants to know what he’s thinking and what he’s learned from his experience.
This whole Tiger thing is becoming pathologically ridiculous. It’s practically a parody of America’s celebrity culture.
The man had consensual sex with multiple partners outside of his marriage. He cheated on his wife. His transgressions were against his wife, not against you or me or a generation of children or the moral fiber of America.
As far as I’m concerned, Tiger Woods doesn’t owe any of us anything. Not impeccable behaviour, not an apology for falling off the pedestal, nothing. He’s just a golfer. I don’t expect him to be a role model for my children any more than I expect the carpet cleaner to be a role model for my children. There’s something wrong with a society that feels its sports celebrities owe them anything other than entertainment.
I don’t understand how Americans can tolerate so many of the immoral things they tolerate – such as their government invading other countries without provocation – but draw the line at a golfer cheating on his wife.