April 16, 2006

Johnny Hates Spaz

Filed under: idiots, celebrities — Alex @ 3:39 am

(Alex Says:  See, the previous post mentioned Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the title, so… Johnny Hates Jazz… nevermind.)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has apologized for comments he made during a television interview after the U.S. Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. 

The American world number one, who tied for third place three strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson, was criticized for using the term "spaz" to describe his poor putting in the final round.


"Tiger meant nothing derogatory to any person or persons and apologises for any offence caused," Woods's agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement issued on the player's official website.

Bidding for a fifth green jacket at Augusta, Woods produced a display of uncharacteristically shaky putting on his way to a closing two-under-par 70.

He took 33 putts in the final round, including three three-putts and a pair of missed eagle putts from inside 10 feet on the back nine. Mickelson took 29 putts in a closing 69.

When asked about his play on the last day at Augusta, Woods replied: "I putted atrociously today. Once I got on the greens, I was a spaz."

In several countries, "spaz" is an offensive term for people affected with spastic paralysis, a form of cerebral palsy.

Britain-based disability organization Scope, formerly The Spastics Society, said of Woods's comments: "Once again, Tiger Woods demonstrates that we are two nations divided by a common language.

"Although in the U.S. the term "spaz" may not be as offensive as it is here in the UK, many disabled people here will have taken exception to his likening a golf stroke to that of 'a spaz'.

"UK disability charity Scope is confident that Tiger Woods would be devastated to learn that something he said could offend his fans, disabled or non-disabled."

Wood's remark drew little attention in the U.S. where "spaz" is a slang term for someone considered clumsy or inept.

spastic1.gifAlex Says:  First off, "The Spastics Society" would be a kick-ass name for a bar or a band.  Just throwing that out there. The Spazzes really need to quit spazzing out on me.  Toughen up.  You're spazzy.  Get over it.  Tiger didn't say, "I'm putting like a goddamn retard-o spaz from the United Kingdom's Spastics Society."  They even acknowledge that in the U.S. "spaz" isn't meant in an offensive way, but still threw a hissy.  Seems to be a desperate plea for attention from SpazLand.

Plus, consider this:  Take the membership of their little Spazzy Club there, and then reduce that to the number that actually care about golf.  Then, take that number and calculate how many are honestly offended by the comment.  I'm saying that four people on the planet were offended by "spaz," and that those four need to quit bitchin'.  Not my fault you're a spaz.

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