I struggle to find an answer. One would think that he was the first man to have ever done such horrible things. In addition, the vehement outcries I have read in so many posts seem to imply that in some way Tiger PERSONALLY hurt or affected those who react in this manner. Odd.
Several US presidents were known for similar indiscrections, including, Franklin D Roosevelt, John Kennedy and most recently, Bill Clinton, just to name a few. Let us not forget a certain govenor of California. Countless other US politicians, corporate icons, sports figures, Hollywood actors and actresses, not to mention millions of regular everyday people have done the same things down through the ages. I canot recall any of the more well known or famous perpetrators that were ever villified to the extent that Tiger Woods has been.
The following are the first few paragraphs from "The Phallic Presidency: The Clinton Scandals and the Yugoslav War as Purity Crusades" written for the Journal of Psychohistory, by Lloyd deMause:
Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Buchanan, Cleveland, Wilson, Harding, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Bush, Clinton, adulterers, fathers of illegitimate children, prostitute chasers, sex addicts. Why do Americans so often choose as leaders men who betray and humiliate their wives with their compulsive sex affairs rather than mature men who are capable of loving their wives and not betraying them?
It is no coincidence that of the thirteen womanizer presidents listed above, all but two also commanded major military ventures, while the twenty-eight other presidents who were not unfaithful were more peaceful. It is useful to ask the obvious question: might nations, when they are ready to go to war, unconsciously choose their leaders as some primitive tribes do, for their ability to conquer both women and enemies?
The consensus about Clinton initially was that, because he was a "draft dodger" during Vietnam, he wouldn't take America to war. Yet even before Yugoslavia this was quite untrue. Clinton, according to Ramsey Clark's book, The Children Are Dying: The Impact of Sanctions on Iraq,managed through his embargo of Iraq to kill one million Iraqi children, nearly as many as the number of Jewish children that were killed in the Holocaust! Clinton's delegated role in America seems to be to provide sacrificial victims in a way that doesn't stir up our guilt feelings: in Iraq by his "invisible" killing of children, in Yugoslavia by focusing on the expulsions of Kosovars that his bombing triggered and even in the case of his own scandals, where he provided America for a whole year with himself as a suitable victim to punish for our sins.
Another interesting article, this one written by Kirk O. Hanson of Santa Clara University, dealt with cheating, and opened with the following paragraphs:
Cheating. What could be more American? From the snake oil salesmen of the late 19th century to the stock manipulators of the 1920s to the spitballers of modern baseball. But today it seems absolutely everybody is doing it. We cheat, or at least try to cheat in every aspect of our lives. One out of four Americans surveyed say it's acceptable to cheat on their taxes. Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski sends paintings he bought to a New Hampshire address to cheat New York State out of the sales tax. College bound students cheat on the SAT tests. Teachers cheat by giving their students the answers to standardized tests so the teachers qualify for bonuses. Athletes cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs. Successful authors cheat by appropriating others' writing as their own. Even colleges steeped in honor codes, the University of Virginia and the US Naval Academy have been rocked by massive cheating scandals in recent years.
After a depressing 2002 in which corporate executives too numerous to count cheated shareholders by fudging their accounts or manipulating markets, we have to ask whether cheating has become the new national norm. We have always had a few cheaters among us, but has the typical American now lost his or her moral compass? Have we lost our fundamental commitment to integrity and fair play? First of all, why do people cheat? There are two simple answers, neither very noble. People cheat to get ahead, even if they don't qualify for the advancement and even if they can't win a fair competition. Such people don't care about anyone else but themselves. This adult lies about the toaster he broke so he can get a full refund. The teenager lies about her age to save money on a movie ticket. The other reason is simple laziness.
It seems to me that cheating, including unfaithfulness, is far more common than most would admit and I know Tiger Woods is not the first sporting figure or famous person to have done this nor will he be the last. One suspects, as I mentioned in an old post on the CBS boards, that there are lot of pots and kettles pointing fingers.
In view of all this and after a few years of rumination on this subject, I shudder to think of what the real reason for this intense hatred of Tiger Woods might be. I could understand such hatred if it were directed at all of the disgusting individuals involved in the Penn State fiasco.The people involved, whether their involvement included molesting little boys OR simply NOT saying or DOING anything about, it are deserving of the kind of hatred and disgust that has been directed at Tiger Woods.