There was a recent clamor that one of the most beautiful and adventurous bodies in the wild is close to extinction. Something imperative needs to be done while there is still something left of the Tiger.
This striped predator roams regally in his domain. Proud and confident until he was injured not by an arrow or a bullet or a makeshift trap. He was inexorably denounced in public for having spawned a harem of lithesome female tigers.
For the rest of the animals, Tiger’s behavior was scrutinized in such like manner when monkeys pick out fleas from each other’s backside. It’s a stinking job really, scratch…scratch, pick, smell the bug, even eat it and then continue to scratch again. Have you seen how the monkeys do it?
Now to get directly to the subject matter, an experienced hunter would forewarn, to be wary with an injured Tiger on the loose because it is even more dangerous. That has obviously not got the attention of the spin artists or the advertisement media who created the aura of pseudo-perfection for this Tiger. I am talking of THE Tiger Woods.
Does Tiger owe an apology to the public?
It is a jungle out there, nothing short of hypocrisy and self-righteousness that you and I have been born into. He did what any beast in the jungle would do – prey. In his stead, Tiger did it without any loss of life or limb to his prone cooperative and willing “victims”.
Distraught, humiliated and bewildered, Tiger followed his learned image advisors with every wave of uninvited foray into his personal life, Tiger had to submit himself to sex rehab. To appease his detractors and perhaps to save his marriage. Then return to redeem himself. Talk about being reprogrammed when the first one was just as flaky. As though he has a blemished record of having repeatedly molested under-aged girls and helpless grandmothers.
Other “Tigers” have done the very same thing before. Other “Tigers” are doing it right now as I write this article. Other “Tigers” are about to do it right after I have stopped writing this article but none of these “Tigers” will run the gauntlet of public scrutiny. And none of them will ever apologize to the public.
The moralists have had their financial feast with Tiger. The spin wizards have executed a well timed comeback trail for Tiger, something that the North Korean rocket scientists could learn a lesson. As the script intends, now here come the landscape and disinfectant artists to microscopically determine whether Tiger’s public apology is contrite.
Sinners all themselves, playing demi gods as though their clinical finding and certification will decide whether they can save Tiger or is it rather, an insidious attempt to rattle Tiger unendingly and force him into extinction.
Contrite? Yes, perhaps, who the hell knows? Tiger’s own Apologia was short, succint and aptly worded to reflect how effective his rehab was, when he said:
I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.
Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.
Tiger was absolutely spot on. Kudos to Tiger! What that meant to say is this: “YOU MONEY LEECHES! YOU ARE IN IT AS MUCH AS YOU’RE OUT THERE BLAMING IT ON ME!”
So there you are, go eat yer hearts out. It’s plain and simple. He has what it takes. It is his personal life; not yours, not mine, not anybody else’s except his own family. Unless and of course if Tiger is the undeniable Universal High Priest of Social and Sexual conduct, then it would be everyone’s concern. We’d all be damned if we emulate his philandering.
But Universal High Priest of any conduct Tiger is not.
Tiger does not need Golf. It’s the other way around. Tiger reinvented Golf and caused Golf to be what it is today. Had it not been for Tiger, some golfers would find themselves working as part time Tea waiters to augment their livelihood.
Tiger used his money. Since when has that become a felony to give his money to women for making him happy? Other men would possibly have done worser had they enjoyed Tiger’s kind of money and fame.
He had it all – to choose how he wanted to live and how he wished to entertain his manhood. So what business is that of anyone for what he does with his money or how he seeks to entertain and pleasure himself?
It would be of sensitive interest for some because thanks but no thanks to Tiger, he has now made their own spouses suspicious about their schedules and excuses and alibis. Oh yes, how horrible. It is curfew time. Dang it! Cheetahs will never wish an extinction would they now?
What about others in their exalted positions? Those who use Public Funds and screw around with it, even killing innocent lives? They never offered a public apology when there is no doubt about their immoral and criminal deeds.
Come on guys! This Tiger knows no more and none better than how to putt his balls into holes! What’s wrong with what he does with his balls?
What about his “moral” responsibility towards his Sponsors you might ask? Let’s first agree on one simple thing. His Sponsors do not own him. Sponsorship is purely a business deal unless the Contract explicitly states that Tiger must only play the golf course holes.
Good business is sought and that is what either party desires. If business flounders and it is not a result of Tiger’s philandering, the Sponsors would have anyway cancelled their sponsorship without any qualms. In that regard, Sponsorship is purely business-based.
But strangely, several Sponsors were quick to adopt personal morals as raison d’etre for canceling their Ad contract with Tiger. Using the the same moral rationale, may I then ask, will Tiger fans become as clean, as cool, as holey rich like how Tiger is advertised by using the advertised product? Isn’t it immoral to delude others by marketing brainwash? Or are there proven cases that by continuing the Ad with Tiger, it resulted with fans becoming philanderers?
Well, my point is, if a celebrity’s personal morals determines the viability of increased sales or adversely affects it, either way, there is no guarantee for how the celebrity’s morals is going to be tomorrow. The Sponsors could save their own pride and a huge amount of money by advertising without any celebrity’s face with their product. They could contract me instead and be more sure that their money will not be wasted. Ha! Ha! ha!
Who’s fault is it when the spin artists hype out Tiger to be a clean, cool and a holey man? We all know what led some Sponsors to cancel their sponsorship from Tiger. It caused them to go red in their faces because they could not accept that their professional make belief backfired. It clearly showed that their whole advertising approach was unrealistic right from the start. There are no angels on earth and they believed they could fool the world.
So, does Tiger owe the public an apology?
Take a lesson from his wife. For whatever motivates her to still keep her marriage, the public should do the same and leave this Tiger alone to sort it out with his wife and his family.
There are more expediencies in this world that involve millions of uneducated, sick, hungry, impoverished and war-torn human lives than the pharisaic sensational attacks heaped on a Tiger.
But sadly, the beat goes on. They continue to arraign him. This time to evaluate the truthfulness of his Apologia and repentance.
So what, if Tiger is not forthright and sincere with his apology? And what if he really is forthright and sincere? It changes nothing for our own lives. It changes nothing for the hyper-gossipers, sick and incurable with their cult of self-righteousness.