Monday, November 30, 2009

The Advantages of Celebrity

Unless you've been living in a cave in Bulgaria, you have by now heard of the automobile accident last Friday in which superstar golfer Tiger Woods was injured. Luckily, no one else was injured in the mishap, although his car was badly damaged. You can read the latest update on CNN here.

Now, here's what I don't understand about this whole thing, encapsulated in this passage from the article linked above:

State troopers have asked to question him three times about the wreck, but they have yet to be successful, with Woods canceling a third scheduled interview Sunday, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes told CNN.

If a Real Person like you or I had wrecked his car at 2:35 AM by hitting a fire hydrant and a tree, do you think we could have repeatedly refused to meet with police investigating the accident? No ... we'd be in jail, not sitting at home making "woe-is-me" videos for TV with our model wives, cute children and dogs.

The CNN article notes that Florida law required Woods to show his license, registration and proof of insurance to police, but did not obligate him to give a statement on the crash. That's as may be, but - in my humblest of opinions - celebrity brings with it certain responsibilities, like that of setting a good example. When all the young people who admire Tiger Woods watch him thumb his nose at the police, what lesson do they learn?

Justice is supposed to be blind, if you're rich or famous, its eyesight is much better able to overlook your actions. I've admired Tiger Woods and what he has achieved, but he's just squandered all the respect I had for him. He's proven himself to be nothing more than another useless, spoiled celebrity unwilling to face the consequences of his actions.

I feel sorrier for his damaged Cadillac SUV than I do for him.

Have a good day. Do the right thing. More thoughts tomorrow.



Leslie david said...

Just like our medical system, we have the best legal system that money can buy.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I don't even feel sorry for the gas guzzling vehicle he drives except that its squished.

Debbie said...

Is it that Tiger doesn't want to cooperate, or that his lawyer told him not too? I'm still a firm believer that attorneys are the root of most of society's ails.

Bandit said...

Ditto what you said.
One of the big problems is that we (not really me) have become so infactuated with movie stars, sports figures, etc. that the mess media forces it down our throats in heavy doses for days on end.

I can take Tiger or leave him. The only thing I care about is him not beaking Jack Nicklaus' records. Jack had much more competition in his era.

Mike said...

OK, just to be contrary here and to give everyone some ammunition for your own future occurrence of this - being in a gated community the streets are 'probably' not public streets. Therefor the police 'probably' (depending on local laws) don't even have jurisdiction over something like property damage. It's like driving your riding mower into a tree in your backyard. Probably.

Amanda said...

I've just been amazed at all the gossip that his accident generated. We had 3 different gossipy type stories on three different radio stations here.

Melissa B. said...

It's like the NoVa couple who crashed the Obamas' first state dinner. They're apparently freeloaders, but they put on the appearance of celebrity, so they're treated that way, oui?