Are the infamous Queen Marie-Antoinette and the infamous Elin Nordegren really very different? As the story goes, during the French Revolution, when the poor were starving and proclaiming that they had no bread to eat, The Queen, with complete ignorance to the severity of their suffering replied “let them eat cake!” Some 200 years later, the modern day, ex-queen of Tiger Woods, fresh from a $100 million divorce settlement, sees a country in recession and says to the honorable charity, Habitat for Humanity, “let them have my roach eaten cupboards and rusted facets” before demolishing a $12.3 million, 9 bedroom mansion.
While reports claim that the house was entirely too infested to be rebuild, and that the only option was to demolish it (so that an almost identical replica could be built on its ashes), makes one wonder how oblivious sport figures are to the existence of ordinary Americans. Sure, Elin’s project employs architects and construction crews, and of course, provides sinks for nine Habitat for Humanity houses, but what more could have been done with her exorbitant wealth? Surely a more noble answer can be found than to rebuild a $12.3 million mansion.
Elin, however, with all her public suffering is not to blame. She is merely the product of a philandering benefactor, whom the American people have placed on the throne. How many other sport figures are running amok, defining our country’s mores, and being supported by every Nike purchase? We shake our fist at the lack of decency shown by public figures and forget that our own consumerism has placed them in the castle.