The Private Lives of Others

So Tiger Woods came in fourth in the recent Augusta Masters golf tournament. However this information will be, and have been, interpreted in the light of the revelations of his sex scandals last year, one of the key questions is: Should this even be the concern of the public?

In the opening address of the competition, the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club delivered his address in which he singled out Tiger Woods in a harsh rebuke, saying that the world’s top-ranked golfer did not live up to role model expectations and had “disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids”. He went on to add that Tiger’s future “will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his effort to change”.

This leads us to ask several questions. How much of a celebrity’s private life should be opened to scrutiny by the public? Do we have a right to know what they do behind closed doors? Some argue that as long as they perform their public, official functions competently be it playing golf or heading a public ministry, celebrities (and indeed, their families) have a right to privacy, just like any one of us. Yet, there are people who counterclaim that by virtue of the fact that they are in public attention, whether they desire it or not, celebrities have an unspoken duty to fulfill as role models for the public, especially the younger generation who frequently adulate them.

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Paper 2 (AQ – Privacy of public figures)

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~ by irwin on May 18, 2010.

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