FaceBook Conversation on Tiger Woods

This exchange was so interesting, that I’m re-publishing it here. See below:

Nsenga Burton Tiger Woods using steroids. BULLSHIT. This shit has gone too far and yes I’m pissed.

Nsenga Burton:  Sorry for the cuss words, but really.
SZ:  nevermind the cussin!! I fully agree…they are doing waaaay to much right now!!!
CS: Wait-why is everyone pissed?
JS: please answer Christine’s questions… who cares what happens to him
NB:  @Christine – there’s now speculation in the press that he uses steroids – essentially if he cheated on his wife, then he’d cheat in sports. Nonsense.
JH:  I must agree slow news days can kill a career
NB: @Christine – there’s now speculation in the press that he uses steroids – essentially if he cheated on his wife, then he’d cheat in sports. Nonsense.
DW: Golf does have drug testing for PEDs so hopefully he’s been tested since his knee surgery. Just because he cheats on his wife doesn’t mean he cheats at his sport. Making no excuses for him, just feel until something proves otherwise we should withhold speculation.
CS: Kilo-please don’t defend that fool!
NB: @Christine: I’m not defending his indiscretions, but his golf playing — yes. He is the best golfer to ever walk the face of the earth regardless of race and to go after him because he cheated on his wife is ridiculous. Michael Jordan is a notorious cheater/womanizer. Noone has questioned his basketball abilities because of this. Shaq. Lance … See MoreArmstrong. You name it – many athletes cheat on their spouses, but that doesn’t mean that they cheat on the game. Those are two very different things and to try and connect them is disingenuous at best and a smear tactic at worse, particularly by people who could not beat this man even as a teen and long before he was married.

I’m witchu on your statements, Ms. B.! The last thing some folks want is for his Cablinasian ass to surpass the Holy Jack Nicklaus. If they can find a way to besmirch his previous 12 majors, then Jack will still be considered the greatest ever.
RP: How else are those white boys gonna explain how he’s been whupping their ass & taking their women for the last twelve years!!!
CS: So let the Caublasians defend him! Save your energy for athletes who admit they are black-if they need defending. If they accused Singh of cheating would you give a darn? So why waste your breath on that Caublasian fool?
DM: Yeah, this is getting stupid. No doubt Tiger got a lil bit of sociopath in him, but let’s tacke one f-up at a time!
NB: @Christine – I get your point. It’s beyond race to me. You’re right. Where are the Caublinasians? 🙂
JD: There is only one and he is in Sweden. As a reult the question I’ve been hearing the most is what do Black people think, are they mad at Tiger, etc.?? Just let him clean up his mess. Next they are going to ask Obama on 60 minutes b/c Tiger was at the inauguration.
NR: hmmm … maybe he DOES use steroids!
JA: thank u christine- i didn’t want to the first to say it
DM: Allegedly, Tiger’s doctor used a controversial — yet legal — therapy on Tiger’s bum knee. There’s no proof so far that anything illegal took place. The doctor’s shady, but that doesn’t make Tiger shady… at least not on the golfing front. Like Kee said, a wife cheater doesn’t automatically translate to a sports cheater. We got a witchhunt …
CL: now THIS is the type of dialogue i have been waiting for. I dont understand why Tiger got married in the first place. Because of who he is and the sport he is dominating and who he married, his infidelity was going to cost him everything. He had to know this, and his advisers are the ones that need to be fired. The interesting question is would…
DM: @ Contrarian… great point! If he’d married LaTasha from Brooklyn instead of Elin from Sweden, we may not be talking about this.

Tiger has always been a robotic, regimented and very scary cat to me. Someone that robotic has got to blow a gasket at some point, but who knew there’d be this much steam, ya know? Tiger went and procured a wife that would complement and complete his public image. When she was all set up, he went out and found the type of women that would satisfy his real compulsions. In this respect, Tiger is not at all unusual. There’s a segment of men who do this everyday; they marry a woman they can put on a pedestal and then they round it all out with a woman (or women) who will accept them in all their griminess. Only difference is Tiger had 11 of these skanks lined up instead of the usual 1 or 2.

NB: @Dee – Preach BSGO!

Why the Princess and the Frog is No Big Deal

I think I’ve had enough of the hoopla surrounding the new Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog.

But before I opine further, here’s a little background: For the first time in the company’s history, Disney has finally introduced a black princess as the lead in one of its features. The company that has given us some of the most iconic characters (Mickey Mouse), theme parks, television shows, films — you name it, they’ve done it — has introduced Princess Tiana: a young, beautiful girl who goes on an adventure through the Louisiana bayou. Like many Disney movies, there’s a prince, a father figure, a character with unconventional beauty and mystical fantasies. And finally, there’s a princess who looks like me. I think I’m supposed to be grateful, but in the words of Rhett Butler, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Why not? Because one film does not make up for decades of racist and sexist imagery that has defined Disney’s characterization of blacks and women. While I understand the need for young girls to have access to images that look like them in order to have some validation from the very media that permeates every facet of their life, I do not accept Princess Tiana as restitution for years of wrongdoing. What I do not understand is the throngs of black folk running behind this character as if it is new, when in fact, there have been black princesses in the history of people of African descent since the beginning of time. Why are we following suit and taking our cultural cues from a cartoon?

My friends know that I do not support Disney in general because of Walt Disney’s long history of anti-Semitism and apparent loathing of all things not white, male and Protestant. In my mind, Walt Disney and his images, which reflect his perverted ideology, are nothing to aspire to or certainly mimic; he went about the business of cultural imperialism through the making and marketing of figures that seem harmless but are in fact harmful.

Now, before you get your panties in a bunch, I’m not saying that white men are harmful or perverted. I am saying that continuously circulating the same image of dominant, white male superiority damages everyone, including white men, who may not fit that image. I understand that some people like to paint white men as invincible, but that takes away from their humanity.

Some of you are probably wondering, “Why all of the drama over fictional characters?” Animated cartoons, through which Disney has earned the bulk of its money and reputation, can be some of the most harmful programming to which children are exposed. Many of the characters are given “human” behavioral and psychological qualities that reflect dominant stereotypes about certain groups in media and society. Read more.

This article originally appeared in Creative Loafing, where Nsenga serves as cultural critic.

Get a Job: Extorting Money from Celebs Does Not Work

Here we go again — yet another celebrity has had someone arrested for an attempted extortion attempt. Yes, John Stamos a.k.a. Blackie from General Hospital and Jesse from Full House fame was being blackmailed for photos taken when he was having “relations” with a woman in 2004. This on the heels of David Letterman’s high-profile extortion attempt. Losers take note, trying to extort money from celebrities will no longer work because they are hip to the game. The ability to present oneself as a victim (of extortion) far exceeds whatever dastardly deed he or she might have done (‘infidelity’ in both cases). It seems to me that instead of trying to steal money from celebrities, you might want to do like the rest of us — get a job! Save yourself some time in jail and save us from having to watch more senseless celebrity coverage at the top of every news cycle.