Quotes of the Week: Special Tiger Woods Edition

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You knew it was coming. The story that has consumed mass media all over the world for the last week or so. There is so much to talk about with this Tiger Woods scandal, it’s hard to know where to start.

It’s going to take a long time to deconstruct the whole mess. One post won’t do it justice. I have so many questions:

– Was this an arranged marriage: constructed from the beginning to make Tiger (who clearly wanted to party) more palatable to a larger (read: Whiter) audience?

– How does all of the mistresses being White impact the story?

– Don’t these women realize not using condoms with Tiger reflects just as poorly on them as it does him?!

Simply put, this is a publicity and public health nightmare. Here are some colorful quotes from the week:

Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.
Statement released on TigerWoods.com

The time has come, perhaps, to retire — or at least rethink — the adage “there is no such thing as bad publicity.”
Sam Tanenhaus: Tiger Woods and the Perils of Modern Celebrity

(comparing the blackness of Tiger Woods and Barack Obama using their wives as a litmus test)
Had Barack had a white wife, I would have thought twice about voting for him.
Johnson Cooper: Tiger’s troubles widen his distance from blacks

So how do their careers translate to young black kids in Harlem and Compton and Anacostia? What message does it send to them about success? Do you have to be multiracial to succeed? And most importantly, do young black kids need to integrate into the larger white society and escape the inner city ghetto to be hugely successful? The answers may disturb us.
Keith Boykin: What Tiger and Barack teach us about success

Why has no one addressed the fact that Elin Nordegren has beaten her husband? Why is Chris Brown’s legacy that he beat Rihanna and Elin Nordegren’s legacy that she is a victim?
Jessica Gottlieb: Domestic Violence: Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren

When you whore with a whore, make sure it’s an actual whore that you’re whoring with!
Drama Dupree: Tiger Woods Exclusive

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