Tiger Woods wrote a blog post slamming Golf Digest and golf writer Dan Jenkins for publishing a fake, parody interview with him.
The article, “My (Fake) Interview with Tiger: Or how it plays out in my mind” appears in the December addition of the magazine. It’s written by Jenkins, who’s a legendary golf writer.
Tiger did not find the article funny, at all.
“Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?”
The article is meant to be satire. Here is a sample passage (Jenkins’ voice in bold):
I don’t get it. For a guy who can certainly afford it, you’ve become famous for being a bad tipper. It’s almost like you take pride in it.
I just don’t understand why you’re supposed to tip people for doing a job they’re already getting paid to do.
In many cases tips are expected to be part of their salary.
So let ’em go find a better job.
Now why didn’t I think of that? What would you do if you couldn’t play golf any longer?
I guess I’d buy an NBA team.
I’ll try to remember to tell the next person who waits on me to ditch the stupid restaurant and go buy the Knicks or Mavericks.
You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?
There’s also a Kardashian joke, a joke about him firing people, and a Lindsey Vonn reference. It’s supposed to be funny.
Tiger goes in on Jenkins and the magazine:
“The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person. I guess Golf Digest’s editors believe this is a good way to sell more magazines.”
He also criticizes them for hiring an actor to pose for two photos that appear in the issue. Here’s one:
The article is flagged as satire by the asterisk in the headline. It also says FAKE on the cover of the magazine.
My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire. I thought I let him off easy: http://t.co/E7e9imSKwO
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) November 18, 2014
by Tony Manfred