The problem with Frank Rich is that he does not understand spectrum thinking. He wants to see Tiger as a complete con in the wake of his womanizing. And he wants to skewer those who built their advertising on the idea of Tiger as the total package good guy family man golf genius.
When I think of Tiger I think of him as a golf genius. If I am honest I never saw him as a family man because I assumed Elin was a trophy bride. Nasty of me, but that is how it looked. And when I compared Tiger’s body lingo with her to his transparently amorous body lingo with his mom and pop, well there was no comparison.
So when it came about that Tiger did the same thing many do with women who are complicit in a society that venerates the sexy young thing — how one is attracted to such if one has a brain is another question — I was not shocked in the least.
But this story is not about that. It is about the inability of the world to accept the way things are.
The key to changing things is to remind people that they are in control and that we are all a spectrum from the most stupid and irresponsible bands to the most sage and caring ones. From lowest to highest. We can go from one to the other in a trice. We are everything.
It is out of this volatility, the spectrum nature of everything, that we see the truth of Tiger Porn Coverage. Most of it it is an effort to capture salaciousness from what is actually pretty pathetic.
The real Tiger is not what has been revealed in the recent porn coverage. Nor, one hopes, is it the real America.
Which is what renders Jesus’s judge not and cast the first stone eternally relevant those who have the inestimable privilege of an audience of millions for their perorations.