Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tiger Woods... what the hell, man?

I really wasn't sure I was going to comment on this whole ordeal here, but since it just keeps growing and growing, I couldn't keep my anger to myself any more. Here's why this will get me in trouble. It's not even Tiger I'm the most angry at. This distinction goes to mistress #2, whose name I refuse to type. Why? Because that's exactly what she wants me, and all the gossip bloggers like me to do. She wants to be famous and doesn't care if she has to settle for being infamous. There is no difference for this woman and the women like her - who I'm sure we're going to be hearing a lot more of. If there were three tigresses in Tiger's jungle, I'm sure there will be more.

Tiger made a bad decision. Tiger made a bad decision and gave a most likely insincere, can everybody just shut up already, apology. I am not one of the people that subscribes to the notion that celebrities - be they pro athletes, musicians, actors, actresses or politicians - need to be perfect role models all the time. Celebrities are human like the rest of us. The major bone I had to pick with Tiger initially was lying about it, or at the very least, trying to hide it. That's not something someone in his position has the luxury of doing. Letterman knew it. Clinton knew it. Jude Law knew it. I'm sure I don't need to continue with that list. Sure, they kept it secret as long as they could, but when the doors of the bedroom flew open, they at least admitted it and apologized. Now that Tiger has joined that club - the bad husbands club - and has fessed up, I feel a little more like he's taking responsibility for his mistakes. He's his wife's problem now, not to mention their kids. I can't imagine what it would be like to fuck up in such a huge way and in such a public way, and have to explain that to two small children.

Should Tiger's wife stay with him? I don't think that's a question anyone buy Elin has the right to answer. If I were in her shoes, I'd like to say I would leave, but in love, nothing's ever as simple as that. Being cheated on, feeling that kind of betrayal, is something I'm not unfamiliar with. I've been cheated on and I've stayed in the relationship. In both of those relationships, the man I was with cheated again, and I stayed again despite my better judgment. Love, even if it's tainted love, is hard to walk away from. I can't even imagine how much harder it would be should there be children involved.

All that said, I'll move on to mistress number two and why I'm so angry about her. Sleeping with a married man is merely the first strike against her, but no more than it is against Tiger. He is the one that should've turned her down. He was the one that had someone at home to answer to. She was not. She shouldn't have done it, but she did and as I said with Tiger, people make mistakes. Accept responsibility, apologize and try to make amends or at least move on. The fact that there has been no apology from mistress #2 is strike number two.

(note: before it's pointed out, I'm aware using a baseball analogy here isn't completely appropriate since Tiger is a golfer, but I don't know shit about golf, so I'll stick with what I know. Thanks. Moving on.)

The third strike against 3 is simple - she used her shameful and hurtful affair with a married man to get her name in the headlines by riding the coattails or another scandal. You see it every time a celebrity gets busted for cheating. People come out of the woodwork claiming they've also had an affair with said celeb, and they always have some sort of proof. Why would they save the proof? So they could sell it.

No one wants to be the first affair. That's too much attention - and too much negative attention, but coming in second is perfect. It's not as shocking so the press isn't as crazy and the mistress doesn't seem like as much of a homewrecking slut since by then, the public has decided the home was already wrecked.

These people - like mistress #3 - are opportunists. They see their chance to play the Hollywood game for a little while, and score a little money in the process, and they pounce on it. They profit off the pain the family is already feeling. If you're gonna out a man you're cheating with, do it when it happens, don't wait until the entire world is looking and strike while the iron's hot.