How is Tiger Woods still the Bad Guy?
Right at the beginning of the holiday season, Tiger Woods made news. He has been the golden boy of American golf for some time. It is ironic that Woods, a black man, would dominate golf, a game mostly played by rich white men. Because of his success and him leading to golf being considered as a real sport, he was often praised by the media. Tiger Woods had also become a darling on ESPN.
Along the way, Tiger Woods made some mistakes. First, he denied being black in spite of the centuries-old rule that one drop of black blood makes a person black. While Woods often denied being black, disgruntled blacks often said “wait until he slips up, he’ll know he’s black then.” He would eventually identify himself as a black man, but it was the case of too little too late. When he went off and married a white woman, he offended black women.
Regardless of the race of a person’s other half, their “blackness” should never be brought into question. But, Tiger Woods had denied being black. When his November 2009 car accident was revealed to have been started because of a domestic dispute, the media jumped in on him. This is nothing new for black celebrities. Everyone from Michael Jackson to Kobe Bryant have fallen victim to being media scapegoats.
For some reason, Tiger Woods felt that this would not happen to him. But, after it happened, there was nothing that he could do. It was revealed that Tiger Woods constantly cheated on his wife. The media used this angle to find women who claimed to have relations with Tiger, acting as if he is the only rich person to cheat on his wife. During the Tiger Woods saga, popular actor and star of “Two and a Half Men,” Charlie Sheen had actually hit his wife.
When it was revealed that Sheen had beaten his wife, the media was still more concerned with how bad Tiger Woods was. Cheating is wrong and illegal in some states, but Woods was beaten by his wife. Charlie Sheen was beating his wife and he is caught up in a legal battle. Tiger Woods has escaped to Mississippi during the Haiti crisis when the cameras were off of him. The media has found him and said that he is in a sex rehab clinic.
Repeatedly, Tiger Woods has asked for privacy. He wanted some time off to reconnect with his wife and they robbed him of that. During the 2008 Presidential Election, former candidate, John Edwards revealed that he had cheated on his wife while she was suffering from breast cancer. His mistress was a part of his 2004 and 2008 campaigns and she had a young child. Initially, he denied being the father of this child, perhaps to save the image of the Democratic Party. Now that the election is over, he has admitted to being the father of the child.
On Friday, “The Insider” asked the question of who was worse, Tiger Woods or John Edwards. Shockingly, some of the people on the panel chose Woods. Edwards had the audacity to cheat on his wife, the love of his life, and father a child. The same thing could have happened to Woods, but Elin has not suffered from cancer. John Edwards cheated on his wife when she needed him, undividedly, the most. Somehow, they felt that Tiger Woods was somehow more wrong than a man who would cheat on his ill wife.
Before Tiger Woods, there was Mark Sanford, who cheated on his wife and used taxpayer dollars to see his mistress. Then, there was Charlie Sheen, who beat his wife and admitted to it, he is currently in court. Finally, there is John Edwards, who went out and got another family, while his wife was suffering from cancer. The only difference between all of these cheating men is that they are white and Tiger Woods is black. If Woods was white, this would not even be that big of a deal.
But, because he is black, the mainstream media has criminalized him for cheating on his white wife. Then, the black media feels no sympathy because he did not cheat on his white wife with black women. All of the way around, this whole Tiger Woods controversy is ignorant. The man made a mistake and he is trying to correct it. The only other man in this type of situation that is ready and willing to make things right is John Edwards. Now, how is Tiger Woods worse than any of these other men?