I have had time to ruminate on Tiger Woods's apology, and more specifically, the reaction to it.
Now, how sincere he was, who knows? As much as everyone seems to think they know...well, they don't. But the general consensus seems to be it was cynical, rehearsed, all for appearances' sake, insincere, fake, phoney, and so on, and so on.
OK, so for everyone who has offered their opinion along the lines of "oh he was so fake, I don't buy it for a second, what a farce, what a disgrace, he's not sorry at all, how dare he..." I have a piece of advice for YOU. Which is this:
Shut the fuck up and count your goddamn blessings.
Because here is the thing: generally, people don't receive apologies from complete strangers who have not actually done anything to them. So here is what has happened.
A man has offered an apology to a group of people who he does not know, who do not know him, against whom he has committed no sin, whom he has never done anything to hurt in his entire life, and who have never ever received any sort of injury or harm as a direct or indirect result of his actions or words, ever.
And these people have immediately commenced bitching about how this completely unwarranted apology did not live up to their lofty expectations.
Seriously, stop being such a bunch of dicks. Show some frigging gratitude you got anything from Tiger, who actually didn't owe you anything, doesn't owe you anything, and won't owe you anything in the future.
"Oh, he's provided such marvellous entertainment for me over the years, I take it as a personal affront that his private life in which I have no part was less than satisfactory to me".