Elizabeth Tenety, a young woman who blogs over on On Faith, laments Tiger Woods’ fall from grace, asking at the end of her post:
When will those in the spotlight learn that we’re counting on them? Can
our national heroes publicly sin and remain worthy of adoration?
The answers are 1) never; and 2) yes. If you don’t believe me, try Michael Wilbon, who has made a study of the subject. Actually, the truer answer may be that those who’ve been in the spotlight for longer than 15 minutes know that we are counting on them–to behave badly, and repent, and get on with their messy lives, or not. Where would American culture be without celebrity falls from grace and the ensuing soap operas? That’s what we adore. Go, Tiger, Go!