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Tiger Woods: Why Do You Deserve Privacy?

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Tiger, you were made famous by the public. Why do you think it's your right to hide from them?

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Dr. Wendy Walsh: A growing number of women have been coming out of the woodwork with stories of mega-athlete Tiger Woods' marital indiscretions, and the media has been having a field day speculating about his infidelities -- and the true cause of his injuries sustained on Thanksgiving night. But is this fair? Do couples having problems always deserve privacy? Well, most do, but not when the couple contains a man like Tiger Woods. Here's why:

Tiger Woods is not rich and famous because he is a good golfer. Tiger is famous because the public paid money to attend his tourneys and tuned in to watch him on television (along with many targeted commercials). He is rich because consumers doled out hard-earned income to purchase products that he endorses -- products with marketing campaigns that highlight his brand -- integrity and character. He also owns a school for disadvantaged children that teaches character strength, and has spent most of his charitable time acting as the ultimate role model to young men.

Well, Tiger, I want my money back!

Not only did you damage my publicly funded fire hydrant, you damaged our youth. Just as President Clinton changed the cultural definition of sexual behavior -- a definition that's changed forever the way middle-schoolers sexually develop -- you have changed any lingering perceptions among young boys that women and children are to be honored and respected. You have brazenly ignored your marital vows, and have created a nest that clearly will be a confusion to your own little girl.

So, do you deserve privacy from media scrutiny? No way. You are a celebrity who has been created by the public, and you have a responsibility to that public. Responsibility. Remember that word, Tiger? It's that old-fashioned word that so few act out these days. You owe wives and mothers everywhere not some sorry explanation that you are "human." What is that, anyway? A way to rebrand yourself toward a "human" market who fails continually and looks for new rationalizations?

Yes, you are human, Tiger. But you are also a MAN. So man up! Get your ass to therapy and spend the time with your wife and kids that you normally spend in Vegas hotel rooms with hook-ups. 


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Anonymous December 7, 2009, 1:11 PM

its funny this wss posted when it was. my coworker and i just got finished arguing about this. she thinks a deserves privacy? me, not so much!

TT December 7, 2009, 2:22 PM

The world would not know who Tiger Woods is, if he were not a GREAT, if not the GREATESS golfer of our time! You stand to be corrected there Dr. Also, you seem to have an issue with him, yes, he is dead wrong for his adulterous behavior, but even God forgives. Who are you to cast the stone? Jesus said, “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”? Are you without sin Dr.? We need to pray for him and his wife and children, not cast self-righteous, hidden self issued, expursions at Tiger. Go in Peace and forgiveness.

Tony December 7, 2009, 3:02 PM

He deserves his privacy. typical cynical female view. Dr. Walsh your not perfect and neither is Tiger Woods. Stop you man hating its make you look more pathetic then you appear.

Rachel December 7, 2009, 3:07 PM

TT~ No, Tiger is not rich because of golf skill alone. Golf wouldn’t pay anything without the fan base, endorsements, etc.—as with any professional sport.

I agree 100% with this article. Tiger, you deserve to look the public in the face with this one. I think this is not linked to forgiveness at all. Just a natural consequence of choosing to be famous, choosing endorsements, choosing to be married and then choosing hookers. That’s what he chose and now he has to live with the consequences. He knew exactly what he was getting into all along. No surprises.

Anonymous December 7, 2009, 5:16 PM

Tiger is just plain stupid. How sad for the young kids who had him as a role model. He apparently wasn’t taught to have respect for anyone. I have been to golf tournaments and he just does what he has to. He never smiles.

Other golfers act nice and smile and appreciate the public, who by the way buys the products that have his name on them and pay him more than golf pays him.

Did he really think he wouldn’t get caught? I feel sorry for his wife and children. Did he think a pre-nuptial would give him the right to cheat. He must not have a conscience. Does he even go to church? Maybe he should try it if he doesn’t go.

He better remember he is a public figure and right now a lot of people don’t like him right now.

Monica December 7, 2009, 6:31 PM

I believe that any human no matter who they are and what their status in life is deserves to deal with their family problems in privacy. Actually all this nonsense about who he cheated with and whether or not him and his wife are getting a divorce is none of anybody’s business but theirs. Sorry, I side with Tiger on this one. Just because you are in the public limelight and because they made you famous doesn’t mean that he should have to divulge his personal affairs. Thats like saying that just because a person is paid by a company and they were helped by them to become wealthy at what they do best it gives them the right to know everything about them. Sorry I don’t think so. Yeah, what he did was stupid, he knows that but he’s not the first, and he will never be the last. And whoever it may be in the future doesn’t owe any of us an explanation, just their wives. I think the media and everyone else just want to know because they want to hear gossip, not because they are concerned about his reputation. Everyone has skeletons and they all come out the closet one way or another whether you try to make yourself out to be holy and pure or not.

tennmom December 7, 2009, 6:46 PM

I’ve never purchased a product because of a certain person endorsing it.
I think the fact that the “public” gives a flying flip what Tiger or any other person is doing is sad and pathetic. Need a life much?

Vash December 7, 2009, 7:42 PM

I disagree. 1 - Tiger is famous and rich because he’s a great golf player. If it were not his ability to play golf, he would have never received the endorsements to begin with. 2 - It is no one’s business what is going on with him. That’s between him, his wife, and his God (if he serves one). I have never been a fan of Tiger’s but I don’t feel the need to bash him. Men cheat. Women cheat. And let’s not feel sorry for the woman who was a nanny a few short years ago. She may have already had a window into his cheating. And when all is said and done, the ‘poor’ woman will be wealthier than many of us. Pray for the children. They are the ones who will be reading about this on the Internet in a few years.

Lauren December 7, 2009, 8:43 PM

Tiger Woods is no great man. I think we can all agree on that. But he does not preach. He may be rich and famous for the reasons you mention - the people who watch him on TV, the people who attend the tournaments, the people who buy the products, etc - but WE, the public, have allowed those things to make a person rich and famous.

Tiger is where he is because he rocks at golf. Clearly, he does not rock at marriage, but why is that any of our business? We weren’t looking to him to set an example of good marriage. I don’t remember him being posted all over the parenting magazines for what a great husband and father he is (correct me if I’m wrong here). He is a guy.

A really good golf guy - who royally stinks at marriage. What does the public get out of him addressing it with us? Does he really owe us an explanation? No. This is between him and his wife. Let it be. It does his family no good for the public to stick our noses in it. I’m sure his innocent wife would appreciate if we would turn our heads as well.

So if not for him, do it for her. Let it go already.

twoblondiesmommy December 8, 2009, 5:59 AM

WE did not make Tiger Woods famous, bottom line the man has an amazing GOD given talent that’s how he got where he is. He made bad choices and to be quite frank he and his family deserve privacy. What he does is frankly no one elses business. He puts his pants on, brushes his teeth and eats, poops just like every other human being. Futhermore NO ONE knows for sure what happened we are all going by media stories. Stop being snarky judgemental women. Plus WHY are you continuing to talk about it who cares did it affect you personally NO!

jenna December 8, 2009, 9:18 AM

No, he sold his image and his image is public property.

We like to read about this because he came across as a bit robotic and bland and boring.

slimdave420 December 8, 2009, 9:36 AM

Most of the comments here are typical rants from hypocritical religious wingnuts. As for the writer…how do you know what his vows were? Have a transcript handy? Most today discard the antiquated ‘monogamy’ clause. It is society that is screwed up not Tiger. He does what men do, have sex with as many women that will have him. Period. It is the society’s pathetic attempt to control behavior that is laughable. If you’d quite trying to make the one man, one woman, white picket fence, cheating is the ultimate sin, the model to strive for you wouldn’t get so bent out of shape when one ‘strays’ (preferable to cheating). This whole you ruined childrens lives who looked up to you as a role model is ridiculous. Why would you want your kids to emulate a fricken golfer? Children’s role models should be their parents. Period. Oh but that would mean today’s hypocritical parents would actually have to practice what they preach. Not very likely. Grow up, it’s only sex. More power to you Tiger.

Anonymous December 8, 2009, 11:41 AM

I think we can all agree that what Tiger did was wrong. However, as many of you have already stated he is only human. He deserves his privacy to take care of his family matters and when the time comes if he deems it nessary he’ll speak out to the public. Articles like this are extremely hypocritical becuase you know you’d expect the same thing he is if you were put into the mass media for something you did wrong.

jackfan December 8, 2009, 12:11 PM

Tiger, remember Jack Nicklaus? Your name has been linked to his with HIS integrity and goodwill that he built and worked hard for. If you ever get or got to the point of breaking his record, your greatness would have been because you beat a man with great honor that he lived in his life, not just as a golfer. You would have achieved all the rewards deserved because of the image of being as good as a man, husband, and father as well as a golfer and all the endorsements would follow cause of that. Now, if you beat his record, eh! Nice, but you will never beat quality of man Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer are. Their standard of being “human” will overwhelm any of your accomplishments. You will have to face your yourself, your family, and the public with that one thought no matter what ever you do in the golf world. I am a fan of good golf, but I am also a fan of how golf’s values build and sustain the man. You have failed, sadly for all the work you and your Dad put into it.

friend December 8, 2009, 1:10 PM

why is it that famous people always demand privacy when they are exposed for doing something they would be socially guilty for and not when they are doing good? i never heard any celebrity complaining when they are caught saving animals or snapped being nice to strangers, etc. so what’s wrong with equal time of good and bad exposure. they are judged either way anyways.

Ster December 8, 2009, 2:44 PM

If he wants privacy, he can have it….

BY QUITTING GOLF.

It amazes me when stars want privacy. If you do… quit acting, signing, playing (whatever) and you will have your privacy.

While you are cashing in on your fame, you cannot expect 100% privacy. It’s your choice. Always has been

Ster December 8, 2009, 2:46 PM

“I think we can all agree that what Tiger did was wrong. However, as many of you have already stated he is only human.” ………. I am human too, and have not cheated on my wife with a single person, much less a DOZEN! ………. Cheating, especially serially like this means you are NOT human… you are a monster.

Sonja December 9, 2009, 6:51 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with the article. Tiger needs to face his demons in public, just as he golfed and pitched products in public. He needs to face up to the fact that he has “problems,” take action to correct them and save his family. He is designing a golf course here in the mts. of NC and is to have a home here. That should be his homebase, get out of trashy FL, Las Vegas, etc. and live here where family values are highly coveted.

bill  December 9, 2009, 7:38 AM

Wendy, you are a total whack job.
All people need and deserve privacy in their private life.
If this was your problem yopu would be the first to complain about all the non substaniated reports.
Get a life report on something we Americans care about. Like maybe the war, unemployment, word piece.
Better yet stop trying to write and report

Jim December 9, 2009, 7:42 AM

Clinton ?!?! What ?!?! What about the PARENTS’ responsibility ?

Sheesh !! Once again, today’s spoiled brat parents are pulled off the hook…


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