Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Tiger tale

You’ve all probably heard by now about the controversy swirling around Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman and Tiger Woods. During a discussion about how the other golfers on the PGA Tour could overcome Tiger’s dominance, Tilghman suggested that they “lynch him in a back alley.” Without getting into a history lesson here, anyone with half a brain recognizes that as a stupid and highly insensitive comment. I’m sure it didn’t take Tilghman long to realize she screwed up. She apologized to Tiger, who is a friend of hers, and he accepted the apology and said no further action was necessary. Well, of course, Al Sharpton wasn’t satisfied with that outcome. He called for her immediate firing, apparently recognizing that he’d never get the folks at the Golf Channel to agree to a firing squad. The Golf Channel bowed down partially and suspended Tilghman for a couple of weeks. Tilghman’s choice of words, at face value, is indefensible, but isn’t it high time that people of every color, religion or political affiliation quit going ballistic every time someone says something dumb that they feel is offensive. As someone who once worked in the electronic media, talking over the radio for hours at a time, I can tell you that if you do that kind of job long enough, you’re going to screw up at some point and wish you could take back the words that just slipped out of your mouth. Tilghman has not made a habit of offensive on-air statements. It was a one-time brain cramp, for which she apologized and should be forgiven. Al Sharpton wanted her stripped of her job. I sure don’t remember him volunteering to quit his “job” for helping to perpetrate the Tawana Brawley hoax. In the words of the immortal Sgt. Hulka, “LIGHTEN UP!”



Blogger Harry Funk said...

I got the feeling that if Kelly were male, she WOULD have been out of a job.

February 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I'm a transplanted Yankee living in Richmond, Virginia. I read Brant's comments and I couldn't agree more. Sharpton seems to have a chip implanted in his brain that alerts him that there is an available microphone within 1000 miles waiting for him to spew his racist drivel against all things white.

People need to ease off of this sensitivity thing a little bit. Several years ago here in race-sensitive Richmond (where the Civil War is still being fought) a powerful politician made a remark regarding the state budget. He said something to the effect that our state lawmakers should be "more niggardly" when it came to spending taxpayer money. Imagine the outrage!!! Why, how could a politician say something so horrendously racist? It is inexcusable!!! After several days of finger-pointing and sanctimonious hand-wringing, someone finally looked up the definition of the word: "reluctant to give or spend; miserly; stingy." Suddenly the comment made much more sense. The funny thing is that this "racist" comment was made by none other than L. Douglas Wilder, the first black governor of the United States. He's an educated, self-made millionaire with a much better vocabulary than the morons who were out to lynch, ooops...I mean reprimand him for what their ignorant minds perceived as a racist comment.

Many years ago, I read an interview with Bob Hope. He was asked what he thought was the biggest problem with the human race. He said, "We've lost the ability to laugh at ourselves." I know that's not what Sharpton or his protege`, Jesse Jackson would have us believe. They're much too eager to blame and insist on punishment for anything that THEY deem inappropriate. When did they became the mouthpieces for an entire race? Tiger Woods handled the whole incident with dignity and aplomb. He accepted the apology, acknowledged that it was a poor choice of words, and implored us to just move on. We need more of that. Too many people are being niggardly with their common sense.

February 5, 2008 at 5:33 PM  

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