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Rant and Rave: Bad Behavior is its Own Reward

Tiger Woods makes his first public apology on February 20, 2010.

It can be a little disheartening when the adage of nice guys finish last comes true. It’s infuriating when, in turn, the villain wins not only public favor, but the chance to pass on their bad sportsmanship to the next generation. Case and point:

Earlier this week, Tyra Banks hosted a panel of mothers on her show to discuss the core values being passed onto each of their young daughters. Tyra gazed imposingly at one mother because she was teaching her young daughter, seven years old, the art of gold digging. In lieu of friendship, she taught her, seek tangible rewards. “There’s a little boy in her class and he’s always trying to talk to her, and I told him that if he can give her a cookie during lunch time, then he can talk to her,” said the mother. If not, don’t talk to her.” Defending her lessons as a method of ensuring her daughter’s financial security later in life, she insisted, “I’m training her.”

Then, on Thursday, Evan Lysacek accepted the gold medal in men’s figure skating, the first American to win it since Brian Boitano in 1988. Almost immediately following the medal ceremony, however, it was not Evan’s face that was plastered all over the television, but Evgeni Plushenko’s, the silver medalist from Russia, happy to stir the pot for more attention. The catty sourpuss told the camera, “I was positive that I won. But I suppose Evan needs a medal more than I do” And then later,  “Now it’s not men’s skating. Now it’s dancing.” In response to the criticism, Lysacek said simply, “I was a little disappointed that someone who was my role model would take a hit at me at one of the most special moments of my life.” Although Lysacek won for his nearly flawless performance, Plushenko got to pout for the cameras and undermine their judgement.

And yesterday, Tiger Woods officially “broke the silence” regarding his many extramarital affairs and began the path to what many understood to be his eventual return to his gold career. The event was discussed nationwide, and the question was, is Tiger truly sorry? But why even wonder? Even if he were indeed truly sorry for his infidelity, and not simply for the exposure of his infidelity, as I suspect is the case, why should the public care? His transgressions should be between his wife and himself, and yet Elin wasn’t even there. That’s because his sorrow was not an appeal for her forgiveness, but for his fans and sponsors to stand behind their cash cow. Too bad, judging from the sheer amount of media coverage, that in fact, the public does care.

-Karen Lo

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  1. Shira
    May 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    “Why should the public care? His transgressions should be between his wife and himself, and yet Elin wasn’t even there.” The public should care because this is an issue of personal morals and ethics in the contract of marriage. When one person breaches their marriage vows, it’s a matter for everybody in the public. Tiger didn’t treat Elin ethically or morally and we should care about that. Contracts are contracts, even when they are about ethics in the treatment of other people, (not contracts for goods and services). If you don’t abide by the contract, it hurts everybody. Fordham Law has a class about this that is not your regular law school class, and the professor who teaches it (Thane Rosenbaum) assigns some novels including one he wrote about morality in the law. Tiger Woods should take it.

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