Claim: The Rev. Al Sharpton chided Tiger Woods for a lack of racial diversity in the mistresses he chose.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2009]
I find this hard to believe. Have you heard anything about this
Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods for Lack of Mistress Diversity
The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically young black girls.
“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem. “What does it say to young black girls everywhere when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy say?”
Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther
Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”
Origins: As news of superstar golfer Tiger Woods’ “marital turmoil and multiple mistresses,” was breaking, with additional details emerging almost daily, some pundits
The Rev. Sharpton made no such statements as the ones quoted here. If he had truly called a press conference to berate one of the most famous and popular sports celebrities in the U.S.,
and then made such outrageous comments as stressing that “cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines,” his pronouncements would have been fodder for just about every news outlet in the
This article was offered only by the tongue-in-cheek celebrity gossip genre of web site (along with other “news” items such as Tiger Woods’ being diagnosed with “Restless 3rd Leg Syndrome”) because it was just a bit of satire playing on the Tiger Woods brouhaha and critics’ perception of the
Last updated: 10 December 2009