Friday, April 16, 2010

Woods, Tiger

I quite enjoy all the moral outrage at Tiger’s infidelity. Articles are printed. Concerns are expressed. Tiger Woods novelty items are burned at the stake. Many people cheat, but most are fortunate enough not to be famous to have to make an apology to the world about it. As far as I know, being the world’s personal moral guidance counselor is not part of any celebrities’ job description.

I have often come across those parents who are worried about how unethical behaviour of famous people will affect their children. If you are worried about your kids, go be a parent. Teach your kids that celebrities are humans who make mistakes, not gods for us mere mortals to emulate in every way. Chances are, if your kid is effed up, it’s not because some celebrity was a bad role model – it’s because you were.

I really do not see committed young guys now going out and hooking up with every girl left and right just because of the whole Woods fiasco. If a guy cheats, it’s not because he stared at his wrist and contemplated his WWTD (What Would Tiger Do?) bracelet, it’s because he’s a douchebag. (And was most likely going to do so regardless.)

People love to compensate for their own moral downfalls by criticizing them in someone else. They do something unethical than even up the scale by defending ethics elsewhere. I think we should all thank Tiger for giving us this opportunity to express our self-righteousness and thus even out our morality scales.