Today all the media is in breathless anticipation of Lance Armstrong’s sit down with Oprah Winfrey. For me I have only one thing to say:
“Thanks a lot for taking the time to remind all of us that believed you were the subject of a witch hunt – you were nothing but a liar. Now please do us all a great big favor – and just go away.” However, we all know that probably is not going to happen.
What we’re now going to view from the privacy of our couches is the public spectacle that will be time stamped as the true beginning for the rebuilding of the Lance Armstrong image campaign. Make no mistake about it. This is all that it is. Period.
I’m the first one willing to cut someone slack for poor decisions. Even decisions where they knowingly made the easy choice of lying thinking they would get away with something only to be caught in the end. To me – we’re all flawed.
We’ve all done things we regret, wish we could do over, what ever. However this is not one of those times in my view. This was an ongoing, well orchestrated campaign of pure deceit, lying, intimidation of others, and more. All for personal gain. That is far different than making a mistake.
Personally I’m sick too death of these appallingly staged mea copas. Whether it be some politician, actor, or anyone else. It’s so glaringly PR-101 formulated it just loses all credibility as if there were ever a hint to begin with. (usually there never is)
So many different themes will come forth as some way to justify the why, or the reasoning, or what ever. They’ll throw up anything as some rationale as why one should have mercy on their pathetic story line as in : “Everyone else was, so – I had too!” I wonder if Vegas has a book on how long into the interview before that line is used?
However the real issue for myself is not this chapter in the story. For me it now has nothing to do with Mr. Armstrong – I could care less. It’s what his actions do to all the people like myself that actually believed in him. All of us that really believed he was the great athlete that he claimed to be overcoming all the obstacles from a deadly disease to push through the envelope and not only once again compete – but win!
Although I’m not a cycling fan I like many were caught up in the story line. It’s a great story for anyone who’s faced adversity. Then with the time, after time, after time, of facing down the allegations of doping while never once being found dirty. It had all the ingredients for people to rally around as to cheer him on even more.
Americans probably more than any other country love the underdog. It seems almost part of our DNA. And, the more the underdog gets spat upon – the harder we rally. That’s why when it’s proven that the one spitting was actually the so-called “underdog” a great many of us get down right mad. However, not for the reasons many think.
The real issue for many is the way we’ll now have to look upon others that come after this. No longer will we give leeway to their cries of calling foul as fast as we once did. People like myself that like to give people the benefit of the doubt more often than not will now not offer it as quickly. This will act as a reminder when ever a situation comes up as in: “Yeah they might be telling the truth but, remember the Armstrong deal?” And that just ticks people like myself off.
Here’s what I’ve learned over the years:
It’s not the actual deed or person whom first wronged you that you’ll stay mad at. It’s the way you must now treat everyone that comes after that get’s you the most upset.
And that is the real issue or damage people like Lance Armstrong leave in their wake.
© 2013 Mark St.Cyr