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Do Unto Others As You Would Have Done To You

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Different companies use different tactics to lure customers to their websites. Some use ads on other pages, some use deals that are only available online, still others use tactics that can prove to be detrimental to the images of celebrities.  The website, Ashley Madison, is running a contest through the end of the 2012-2013 football season that states: if any woman can submit proof that they have had sex with Tim Tebow, the website will give that woman one million dollars. Here is my letter to the founder of the website, Noel Biderman.

Tim Tebow

Dear Mr. Biderman,

I’m sure you get a multitude of letters from various people complaining about the contents and intent of your website. I am not one of those people. I believe it is truly your choice to have the website of your desire and if that choice is to encourage infidelity, well, that’s your prerogative.

I’m writing to you in regards to your recent contest. In your contest, you are advertising to women that they will win one million dollars if they can prove they’ve had sexual intercourse with Tim Tebow. Tebow has previously gone on record stating that he is a virgin and is saving himself for marriage. I find it absolutely deplorable that you are not only calling him a liar but encouraging women to exploit his private life.

I understand that you have your own opinions on whether a popular athlete would be able to abstain from sex as you clearly stated, “Sports and sex (and of course, infidelity) go hand in hand…I guarantee that no man of Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city.” I neither agree, nor disagree, with your statements.

The part of this contest that I find so frustratingly wrong is that you are encouraging young women to essentially ruin another person’s career. Tim Tebow has built his career not only by his talent, but by his personality and likability. By offering one million dollars, you are encouraging women to befriend Tebow, seduce him, and exploit him.

I strongly encourage you to take down your contest because it is an awful thing to do. Why should you care so much whether or not Tim Tebow is having sex or not? It shouldn’t be any of your, or the public’s, business. How would you feel if somebody that you trusted, ended up exploiting your image?

Obviously, I am not famous, but I have been told that it is incredibly hard for famous people to completely trust anyone else because they always have to worry about this exploitation. You, sir, are doing nothing to help their cause. If for no other reason, take down the message so Tim Tebow can keep what little peace of mind he has left.

Thank you for your time,

Amanda Mencik


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