A pornographic film based upon Tiger Woods has sparked outrage, with the film's makers being rebuked for attempting to profit from the golfer's fame.
The controversial film, "Three Mistresses: Notorious Tales of the World's Greatest Golfer," will be released April 3 - two days before the Masters golf tournament's first round. The convenient date of release has evoked outrage from critics.
The Tiger Woods-themed adult film will star alleged mistresses Joslyn James, Devon James, and Holly Sampson, and will be released to time with Woods' recent return to form - Woods won his first PGA tour tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, last week Sunday. The film was made in 2010 in the wake of Woods' sex scandal, but the director, B. Skow, planned a later release, upsetting the public.
"The director [of the film] said we're going to wait until Tiger starts winning again. We're going to wait for it to die down, and then we're going to throw him back under the bus," said Devon James, who previously claimed to have been impregnated by Woods. The paternity case was later dismissed.
"Clearly these are not society's most upstanding citizens. They're just trying to maximize their profit – at least they're pretty transparent about it," a user, tiktok_timesup, wrote on The Daily Beast blog.
"What a classy bunch of opportunists," Martin Chuzzlewit agreed on the Fox Sports blog.
Joslyn James also commented on the controversy surrounding the scandal, blaming the timing on Vivid, and clearly concerned about the backlash coming from outlets like CBS, Fox Sports, and the general public.
"A lot of this stuff had died down, and now Vivid is returning to it. I get upset when people think this was my idea or I'm a ringleader. This is all Vivid," said Joslyn.
Director of the film, B. Skow, admitted to Vivid's plan to potentially upend Woods' recovery with the new movie.
"We roughly planned it this way," he told The Daily Beast. "When I found out [Woods' former swing coach Hank] Haney's book was coming out that talks about Tiger and porn, and I was watching Tiger starting to do well again, it made sense."
Fox Sports writer Jen Floyd Engel expressed her concern that the new push to make money off of private sexual affairs is becoming too commonplace, and too rewarded. Some of Tiger's alleged mistresses never actually proved their liaisons with the golfer, but were given magazine covers, reality show deals, and paid for various interviews.
"Because this is now a business plan: Be hot, sleep with a famous rich guy, save the texts, call Allred and turn it into a 401(k)," wrote Engel.
Some though, blame Tiger for the backlash; his actions played a major part in his fall from grace in 2009 and functioned as the catalyst for hangers-on, looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
"You reap what you sow," Marlester59 wrote on the Newser blog.