The Streisand effect has claimed its latest victim, and it’s golf superstar Tiger Woods.
The Streisand effect, of course, occurs when a person or entity draws attention to something that most people wouldn’t have known about by trying to suppress or discredit that thing. Woods, of course, is the world’s former No. 1 golfer. He is trying (perhaps in vain) to stay relevant beyond the sport itself and still rebuilding his image, which was tarnished by a very public sex scandal that you may have heard about.
The incident in question involves a satirical interview by Dan Jenkins that was published in Golf Digest titled “My (Fake) Interview with Tiger.”
“Fake” is in the title. That’s important here.
It contained some fake responses from Woods that highlighted the porn star enthusiast’s reputation for being out of touch and aloof. He’s also known in golf circles to be notoriously cheap, despite his post-divorce net worth of around $600 million. Hence, faux exchanges like this one, regarding his former swing coach:
Have you ever regretted firing Butch Harmon after winning your first eight majors with him?