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Alec Baldwin Feels “Sad” For Anthony Weiner

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Um, considering popular opinion, we don't think being on Team Weiner is going to help your mayoral campaign! Just saying!

Yesterday, Alec Baldwin penned a column for The Huffington Post on his perspective on Rep. Anthony Weiner and the current scandal he finds himself enveloped in. He called Weiner "a modern man" and suggested he shouldn't be under such heavy fire for "taking the edge off" his everyday life. While he is by no means justifying his indiscretions, Alec explains that he does feel "sad" for this man, living in a "pressure cooker," looking for a release and finding it in social networking while others might have turned to drink and drugs.

He then takes aim at the modern age itself, making the (new) age-old argument that people don't spend enough time physically together. People settle for making connections through their cell phones and Twitter and that's what's making the world a far more corruptible place. But is online betrayal just as bad as physically betrayal? Are online relationships no better or no worse than affairs carried out in person? That's what Alec is really calling into question. So, maybe he isn't exactly on Team Weiner afterall!

Click on the jump to read Alec's opinions on Anthony Weiner in full.

Thoughts?

My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man. Like most, although not all, politicians, he probably spends a great deal of time going to meetings, raising campaign funds and seizing upon every opportunity to remind people of how great he is as a public servant and a human being. It's exhausting. He exists under a constant pressure cooker of self-analysis and public appraisal. Like other politicians, he needs something to take the edge off. For some people, regardless of occupation, that could mean booze, drugs, gambling, food or shopping. For high functioning men like Weiner and other officials who have lived through such scandals, who are constantly on the go, that leaves one tried and true source of a reliable high. The affirmation that comes when someone lets you know they want to sleep with you. Or even cyber-sleep with you.

This is sex for many people now. No time for Mateus and cheap spaghetti. No time for slowly moving toward one another with a combination of hope and caution, lust and integrity. One can push a button and get something beyond porn. Porn is essentially two dimensional. One sees and hears. Internet sexting can be perceived as three dimensional by adding the component of "feel", regardless of how cheap and unearned those feelings are. That person on the screen is doing whatever they're doing… just for you.

Weiner is so busy, he forgot the important rule that everyone you interact with on this plane becomes a co-conspirator. You rely on them to remain confidential.

Weiner is the modern, high functioning man. The fact that he is married is just one, albeit a huge, factor. I know many people who divorce over such issues of online betrayal. Appointment sex with your spouse doesn't always arrive when you need it most. A modern cell phone, loaded with contacts of willing fellow players, has a table with a red checkered table cloth ready for you at virtually any time.

We tell ourselves that these devices help us communicate more effectively. What they actually do is allow us to bypass the person lying right next to us, across the room from us or at an airport heading home to us, in order to meet our immediate, even inconvenient, needs. To bypass their moods, their current view of us and their own desires, or lack thereof.

Weiner is a modern human being. So he ensnared himself in things that modern humans do. When I first heard about his problems, I snickered and made jokes, too. Now, I'm sad for him, his family, his district and his colleagues.

[Image via WENN.]

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11 comments to “Alec Baldwin Feels “Sad” For Anthony Weiner”



  1. 1

    Yeah heres a thought: spoken by one narsassistic pig to another! I don't care who Weiner is showing his dick to (as little as there is) but dam I draw the line when you try to piss down my neck and tell me it's raining. It ain't raining ass clown!



  2. 2

    Alex is spot on! People are such hypocrites about Weiner. Run Alex run!!! Just keep your brother Stephen far away from things.



  3. 3

    Well, ignoring the fact that Alex Baldwin in photo looks like he escaped from some looney bin, I feel sorry for Weiner's wife. He is a newlywed and now his wife is pregnant. He is a P I G. And could be seriously disturbed or have serious character flaws. If he were my husband, I would tell him that unless he agrees to see a marriage therapist with me, I would file for divorce.



  4. 4

    Oh please, things are harder today? (no pun intended!) Weiner should try getting up at 5 am to plow a field. These congressman have the cushiest jobs out there and they are treated like royalty. Oh, he's sooooooo busy yet he's got plenty of time to sext. This is what is really outrageous - he's living off the public dime yet he's got all the time to do this? He's NOT a private citizen - he's a public servant.



  5. 5

    Sad? His wife is pregnant so obviously he was taking the pressure off with her. If u want to be a politician u can't send nudie pics to chicks over the internet and then lie about it. He dug his own grave



  6. 6

    Theyre both losers.



  7. 7

    The people who handle your money, the leaders of industries that boost our economy of which you support, your own families, neighbors, and even the person you share your bed with has their kinks and, trust me, they act on them. The standards we hold our politicians to is just downright naive and simply because he showed his dick to people online LIKE PEREZ HILTON DID ON MANHUNT, it doesn't mean he isn't intelligent, knowledgeable, or has a sense of ethics. This isn't like Spitzer or anything.

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    8

    Having experienced the negative media gauntlet, I guess Alec has a spot of empathy for the man. Understandable, but not sure I'm on board.



  9. 9

    spoken like a true democrat
    have no use for Baldwin -anyone who abuses and intimidates their child with their uncontrollabe rage and outbursts is not a man-at least not a decent man!
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    and you know if Weiner eventually has to resign- Baldwin wants the job
    nobody cares what he thinks outside the liberal Huffington Post and Baldwins fans
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    and all this "modern" human being crap is just that–crap!!
    perhaps Baldwin likes setting the bar low thinking he may reach it himself in the next election.
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    OUR LEADERS NEED TO BE HELD TO HIGHER STANDARDS THAN THIS
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    I DON'T EXPECT THEM TO BE PERFECT-
    but come on–my neighbors are of better character than these 2 men -most Americans are! we shouldn't settle!



  10. 10

    Alec! How dare you express understanding for another human being?! We Puritans must pile on Weiner and hound him until he dies, just like Jesus taught us.



  11. 11

    He now has a girlfriend 13 years older than his daughter. A playmate for his daughter.
    How could Baldwin think she would be a good wife for him to go on any campaign trail.