Friday, January 18, 2008



I wanted to write about this Tiger Woods/Kelly Tilghman incident when I first heard about it last week, but my feelings were extremely mixed. At first, it didn't bother me, because I felt since Tiger is friends with this woman, and he has forgiven her, then its not really a big deal that she mentioned lynching and Tiger in the same sentence. In my mind, here was a woman on the Golf channel(and men don't respect female golfers/commentators any way) who made a comment to a group of people who probably didn't even realize how inappropriate it was. But then when Tiger's response came via a publicist, I was a little annoyed that he didn't say anything himself. I wasn't expecting him to call a grandiose press conference, but it would have been nice if he said something to this effect, "What Kelly said was dumb, lynching is no laughing matter even it was intended to be a joke. Kelly is my friend, and I forgive her, but I wish these jokes about lynching and nooses would end." If Tiger had come out and said that, I'd be fine with the situation right now. But then I thought to myself, that kind of behavior is not in Tiger Woods. Tiger is focused on golf and his family, and that's it. Its not a flaw, and its not wrong, but it is just how it is. If his father were still alive, he would tell Tiger not to worry about it, and then HE would speak on it himself.

But then a week after the incident initially happened, Golfweek magazine decides to address the issue, by putting a noose on the cover.. I understand that magazines aren't selling as well these days, and by putting this on the cover, they automatically will remedy that problem. But I can think of about 5 or 6 different covers that would have been just as effective, especially since any magazine with Tiger Woods on the cover, will definitely sell. And since this story clearly is not going away, I think Tiger should address this..if for no other reason, then to shut Al Sharpton the hell up.

Bring the Noise - Public Enemy

6 comments:

Miss Black River said...

I just heard about the magazine cover on Tom Joyner. Tiger disappoints me because this is an important issue and it doesn't seem to register with him. Celebrities just don't have the luxury of being flip on these public matters. Especially someone with his influence and heritage.

Miss Black River said...

I just heard about the magazine cover on Tom Joyner. Tiger disappoints me because this is an important issue and it doesn't seem to register with him. Celebrities just don't have the luxury of being flip on these public matters. Especially someone with his influence and heritage.

Sha said...

I just came here to say..Go Pats!

Bashful said...

According to Tiger Woods he is not black therefore it does not apply to him.

Can I say I am real dissappointed by this?

Janelle said...

What do you expect from the last sport to play in segregated clubs. It wasn't that long ago that we couldn't even play at some of the premier golf courses in the country. Was it 10 years ago??? If that? This is the world from which Tiger comes from. I bet he has nothing to say about the cover of the magazine either.

Jo said...

I just recently read an article that addressed the upsurge in the use of the "noose" as a means of intimidating black folks. Apparently it's back! Yikes! That sucks . . .will this ugliness EVER end!