I mostly try to avoid stupid celebrity gossip stories, but the last two weeks, it’s been impossible to escape the sordid Tiger Woods thing. I still don’t care about his personal life, but there’s one thing that keeps coming up in the media coverage that’s annoying me even beyond the stupidity of the whole business.
Tony Kornheiser is probably the clearest proponent of it, at least in the stories I’ve seen. He keeps saying that Tiger needs to “show himself,” that he needs to make a public appearance and at least read a statement, if not take questions. He claims that Woods’s public silence has only fanned the flames.
Here’s the thing, though: If Woods held a press conference and tearfully read a statement expressing regret, the exact same people who are now chiding him for not speaking out would be parsing his words to the microsyllable, and suggesting that he should really go away for a while, and get his life in order. He can’t win.
Tiger has opted to go with the media blackout strategy, and appears to be sticking to it. And good for him. It’s not like the media coverage can get any worse– what are they going to do, launch new tabloid papers just so they can splash his picture on more front pages?
He’s already got more money than God– he can afford to wait them out. In another week, maybe two, the media will get bored, and something else will come up. A small child will fall down a well, or a D-list celebrity will get caught having sex with a sheep, or– *gasp*– the Senate might stop dinking around, and pass something, and then there will be actual News of consequence.
Yeah, that last one is pure crazy talk, I know…