Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods And American Athlete Worship


By G. Hylton / @realgoesright

So at some point earlier this week, Lance Armstrong was on television telling people he took PEDs when he was winning every single competition imaginable in cycling. From a cursory glance of Armstrong’s story, I learned when he was first accused of taking steroids, he took it upon himself to try and ruin the lives of the people who rallied against him. Almost a decade later, he decided to sit down and make the “typical white man” face while admitting to the world what I’m assuming people had already known.

Lance Armstrong, despite raising however millions of dollars in the name of cancer, is a lying, cheating piece of shit.

To this I say ... who cares?

Lance Armstrong rides bikes for a living. Through all of this bike riding, he was somehow able to garner enough popularity to lend his name to a worthwhile cause and raise money for a good cause that affected people all over the world. Call me crazy, but I’m not about to let something as simple as him cheating get in the way of all the good he’s done. You know why? Because Lance Armstrong is human and we humans are far from perfect.

You know, we should actually really consider what we, the American public, are saying by “demanding” a public apology from Lance Armstrong.

We’re saying America, home to some of the most self-righteous, indignant, idiotic and self-serving general public are owed an apology from a man who cheated while he was riding bikes and earning millions of dollars for cancer research.

Really, America? What I would like to know is, who the fuck are you to be demanding apologies from people? Huh?

I know you read that last statement and thought, “Goddamn man, why are you angry?” I don’t want you to think I’m angry. I’m amazingly calm and sipping on flavored water while writing this post. What I am, however, is perplexed at the hero worship Americans like to hoist onto athletes.

Athletes. Celebrities. Musicians. Whatever else. America has this super strange fascination with famous people and upholding them to deity-like standards to the point where these people have to apologize to America for simply being human. It’s absolutely nuts.

I was on Twitter a few weeks ago, and I saw this hashtag #CutsForBieber. A million and a half teenage white kids with no adult supervision and razor sharp objects were cutting themselves as a protest to get Justin Bieber (or as I like to call him “Ellen”) to stop smoking weed. I’m not an expert, but if I was Justin Bieber and I saw some shit like that, I’d probably keep rolling up. Matter of fact, I’m surprised Justin Bieber isn’t smoking crystal meth after being made aware (I’m only guessing with this) that people have actually done this in his name. That’s insane.

Of course, no public apology blog is going to be written without writing about Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods held a press conference to tell everybody he was sorry for cheating on his wife and going to a “sex clinic” in order to learn to ... hell, I don’t know what the hell his purpose was. I figured he said it to appease the people who wanted to know how he was going to show himself being repentant for his “sins” against humanity.

Look, Tiger, you’re an American citizen. If you want to cheat on your wife, that’s your right as an American citizen. The only person Tiger should have ever been explaining himself to is his wife. And hell, she tried to beat the shit out of him with a golf club, so clearly his explanation wasn’t good enough for her. Why did he think a press conference would be good enough for us?

There’s a certain segment of the population who feels that because they’ve had a hand in that person’s personal fortune, there’s some weird sort of relationship that’s been created. “I’ve personally invested in your success by either spending money on your products or paying money to see you, therefore, you owe it to me to be a role model for my children.”

Maybe I’m crazy, but in my opinion athletes don’t really amount to anything other than people who are really good at one thing and therefore, they decided to capitalize on their talent. I don’t understand why the general public ascribes to hold them to some sort of higher standard as if these people don’t have anything else better to do than to cater to our whims of what we think they should be like.

Bottom line, famous person, unless you actually owe a duty to the American public (you know ... like politicians) stop apologizing and explaining anything to the American people. Anybody who seems to be particularly preoccupied with the goings-on of famous people to the point where you feel that you’re owed an apology because they messed up?

Kill yourself.


5 Replies to “Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods And American Athlete Worship”

  1. I agree with this 100 percent. I really don't care. I just don't. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever. Athletes are human too. I don't expect them to be role models. That's another thing our society gets wrong: role models shouldn't be famous people or anything like that, they should be important people in your lives: parents, teachers, friends, family members, coaches, mentors. Not athletes.

    But, uh, as a white man, can I ask what a "typical white man face" is? Seriously, I have no idea what the fuck that's supposed to mean.

  2. @Rev- there's a picture floating around Twitter of the general face white men make when they've been caught up in a "scandalous" situation.

    Our culture is one of hero worship and idolatry. Not exactly sure when it started, but it's been ingrained in the collective psyche of society for decades, maybe centuries. The only people who can stop it (parents) are not being proactive enough to do anything about it, so it continues.

  3. I'm with Rev. I feel like us white people get a bad rap. What did we ever do? Don't answer that.

    A lot of this stems from children. I'm not blaming them but they're the ones who want the jerseys, posters, highlight dvds, what have you. I don't have kids but I'd feel uneasy about my son having a Mike Vick (for example) poster on his wall because it's difficult to see anybody as their occupation alone.

    I agree that the apologies are over the top and at times unnecessary but I understand why the public demands them. On the flip side, I would love to see an athlete say "This is a private matter. The only people I have to apologize to is my family." Of course if someone said that he'd be called out for ignoring his fans. It's complicated.

  4. I have a personal problem with Lance and he owes me an apology. Tiger is different. He only offended his wife. Lance offended me. I want my apology.

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