The Streisand Effect is in full swing as Tiger Woods takes issue with a ‘fake’ interview in Golf Digest.
Legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins wrote a parody piece for December’s issue of Golf Digest titled “My (Fake) Interview With Tiger* *Or how it plays out in my mind“.
Tiger Woods didn’t think it was funny though and said so in an article he wrote and was published at The Players Tribune website;
“Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.
Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?”
Jenkins and Woods have a bit of history. It supposedly began many years ago when Woods denied Jenkins an interview telling him”wasn’t anything it it for him” and Jenkins isn’t backward in coing forward when referring to Woods on his often updated, and often hilarious Twitter feed.
Woods’ goes on to point out that the photos accompanying the article are not actually him.
Golf Digest even hired an actor to pose as me in photos. 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.
This article was published in Golf Digest with barely a mention. But like the Streisand Effect, the article has now been published online and getting much more attention since Woods’ has taken issue with the piece in the public arena.
Jenkins responded via Twitter succinctly:
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
Geoff Shackleford nails the whole thing on the head and is worth a read.