Tiger Woods shocks the nation with rumors of infidelity...really, are we so shocked? There is not a month that goes by that we don't read or hear a news report about a person in the public eye straying from his marraige. As soon as the story drops, thousands of fans, gossip mongers and the righteous right begin to comment about the shock they have experienced discovering that a man is cheating on his wife. That, quite frankly, shocks me; it isn't like it's anything new, is it?
Fame and fortune have proven to be the ultimate magnifier of a person's character. Woods wasn't this moral, up right, loyal man who suddenly decided to cheat on his wife. His character as a womanizer was deeply ingrained long before he became the greatest golfer of this generation. Yet we act so horrified when the truth comes to light. The bottom line is this; if Woods was just some factory worker or mid-level corporate manager, we would have never heard of his infidelity, no one would have cared. Woods can hit a tiny white ball with a long stick and that somehow makes him worse than the millions of other people who cheat on their spouses. Celebrity and golf expertise has nothing to do with a man's moral fiber. I would bet a years salary that Woods has been a cheat all his life, fame only provided more opportunity.
And what of these women who Tiger allegedly slept with? The don't live in a bubble, they knew he was married and had kids, but oh, the poor victims they have been portrayed as in many articles and comments on Newsvine. They are equally to blame. In some ways I blame them even more. Women have been have been chasing after married men since the dawn of marraige. They think they will score and their sisters be damned. If women stuck together and supported each other, most of these stories would never exist. If I have any issue with stories of infidelity, it is this, the sad fact that women have the need to take what belongs to another, with no consideration for the wife at home raising the kids. Feminists all over the world are spinning in their graves knowing that all their hard work was for naught. What kind of human being sets out to steal another woman's husband? Have some pride, you are nothing but his second (or third or fourth...) choice. Be better than that and demand a man puts you first. If he is single, of course.
Let's not forget that women have affairs while they are married as well. I have read more comments about these 'poor women' that Tiger 'took advantage of', if that is not degrading language, I don't know what is; these women knew EXACTLY what they were doing. Poor victims, my a$$!
JFK cheated, Clinton cheated, Brad Pitt cheated, Jonh Edwards cheated (while his with had cancer, no less), Letterman cheated, and the list could go on and on, why the out rage over Tiger's actions? Could it be because he seemed to be so squeaky clean? That's not even true. Remember his temper tantrums on the golf course? He cursed and threw his club in countless tournaments, but that was just fine with the masses.
Tiger Woods is not a poster boy for moral behavior, nor does he build his reputation as a guru of the ethical. He is a great golfer and athlete, nothing more and nothing less. We need to stop equating talent with morals, the two are mutually exclusive. There are countless good athletes, a few greats and millions of average sportsmen. I will continue to watch Tiger work his magic on the golf course, but never will I sit at his feet, soaking up his 'How to live a good and righteous life' lectures. That is not his job.
Besides, bandwagon critics, let those without sin cast the first stone. That should shut the mouths of the entire human race. Man, do I long for the day that outrage over some celebrity's fall from grace is not the headline on the evening news. Tiger Woods is just a man, pure and simple, not the Second Coming...just a man.