Don’t Believe the Hype
“Some are fortunate, some are less fortunate…some get it, some get acquitted.” – RAM Squad, North Philly circa ’95. I’m really disappointed with the media, but don’t pity me, that’s why I went to Temple University and majored in Broadcast Television and Mass Media. At an early age, I realized that things were different in how so called minorities are portrayed on TV. Since that was the case, I wanted to make a difference, and with Spike Lee, and Robert Moore (Ahmad Rashad) as the people I looked up to, I went full force into journalism and here we are today in 2008.
Yes it’s a new year but as I wrote for a story yesterday, the more things change the more they stay the same. The title of this track is from the greatest album in all of hip-hop music and to quote Harry Allen, don’t believe the hype, because the Golf Channel is full of smoke to put it nicely. So Kelly Tilghman on Friday, January 4, made a comment saying that the young players challenging Tiger Woods should “lynch him in a back alley”.
Hmmm, I wonder what exactly she meant by that statement. I mean, I was taught to be comfortable in front of a camera so that, I come across as warm and natural, but this is a little too close for comfort.
Remember when Howard Cosell said on Monday Night Football no less, “look at that little monkey go”? (It was also stated that Cosell often referred to people as monkeys so it was okay to an extent) That didn’t work too well, but Cosell pushed himself over the edge, because that certainly wasn’t in the script.
Kelly Tilghman was suspended for 2 weeks, so her 15-year contract with the Golf Channel is still in tact. The only thing I would like to know is, what would have happened if her insensitive comments were anti-semitic? Would it have gotten pushed to the back page, or would it have been national news, with Kelly Tilghman getting fired? We will never know.
I know that Tiger and Kelly are friends and that she didn’t mean any harm, as her words were strictly fun and games, but it just doesn’t sit well with me. Once upon a time lynching was commonplace and no one made a fuss. In fact people looked forward to it, as lynching was a spectator sport. Tiger Woods wasn’t lynched, but for someone to suggest that he should be, reminds me that the more things change, the more they stay the same.