According to The Huffington Post, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are days away from finalizing a divorce. A divorce that will occur less than nine months since Tiger Woods first shot onto the front pages of newspapers all over the world because of a simple car accident. In this Tiger Woods-Elin Nordegren divorce, who is to blame? Likely, both Tiger and Elin have some responsibility for the collapse of their marriage (no divorce happens because of only one person) but there are also two other offending parties. No, not the women Woods was allegedly having sex with – they’re inconsequential. Instead, you must blame the news media for their part in this mess and, yep, YOU.
As a writer, I write about a lot of things and celebrities is one of them. But, from the beginning of my writing career, I have refused to write about gossip and innuendo that would hurt people, so I stayed clear of the Tiger Woods mess. The closest I got was back in November when I wrote the article “Why I Don’t Care Tiger Woods Had a Car Accident and Neither Should You”. In that article I talked about the role of the news media in celebrity gossip and why the Nosy Nora’s of the world (anyone who insists on buying newspapers and magazines or reading websites that show the worst of the celebrity gossip) should butt out of that particular Tiger Woods situation.
Fast-forward nine months and Woods and Nordegren are likely getting a divorce. One that could have possibly been avoided if the world’s news media didn’t jump all over the story and write about it till the cows came home. “Is Tiger Woods Having An Affair?”, “Will Elin Divorce Him?” “Who’s Tiger Woods Mistress?” and on and on. So much so that Woods lost several major endorsements from companies like Gillette and Procter & Gamble that didn’t want their name and reputation associated with his.
But, you can’t completely blame the news media for this. The general public that buys newspapers and magazines that feature this crap, or click on websites that turnover story after story about garbage like this – you are as much to blame for Tiger Woods divorce as he is, his wife is or the news media is and, to some extent, more.
As most married couples will tell you, every couple has problems in their marriage at one time or another. One person cheats (45-55% of married women and 50-60% of married men engage in extramarital sex at some time or another during their relationship), the other finds out and the trouble starts. However, unlike Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, their infidelities are not splashed all over national and international newspapers or on TV every time they turn it on. With pressure like that, few celebrity marriages going through a bad patch are going to survive. But, why is it your fault?
Simple really. You buy this crap. You read this crap. You click on this crap and you support this crap. Without an audience for it, the news media would stop writing about it. But as long as they keep making money off it from the fools who read it, they’ll continue to produce it.
So, the next time you learn some juicy gossip about your favorite celebrity and their marriage, maybe stop for a minute and think about the harm you are causing to that person you supposedly like. I mean, really, take some responsibility for your actions. The rest of us do.
Infidelity Statistics – Menstuff.org
Elin Nordegren Divorce with Tiger Woods in Final Meetings – The Huffington Post