The Anthony Weiner scandal has been all over every news station, and quite frankly, I don’t give a crap. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you must not have a TV, and you and I have a lot in common. I go to college in the middle of the forest and the only TV within a mile radius, has a game console plugged into it at all time. I came home two weeks ago to my beautiful home, complete with 5 huge TV’s; every one says across the bottom something like, “Weiner lies about his Twitter”, or “Chest in Show.” Seriously?! Is this really the most important thing we can focus on?
How about the upcoming presidential election and comparing the new health care bills? The E. Coli crisis in Europe? If even slight attention could be given to the orphans of Japan’s tsunami, I’d be happier to know that the public’s priorities were in order.
Now back to the “issue” at hand. New York congressman, Anthony Weiner has sent numerous compromising photos of himself including his naked chest, and his nether-region. When photos of Weiner were initially released, he lied about his actions and tried to bully the media, instead of taking ownership. Late last month, he denied sending a woman photos from his Twitter account and claimed the account had been hacked. He admitted it wasn’t hacked on Monday and stated that he had in fact sent the photo. In a news conference, he also said he had engaged in inappropriate online relationships with up to 6 women. He admitted to lying but stated, “I don’t see anything in what I did that violated the rules of the House…I don’t believe I did anything that violates any law or any rule.”
Yes it was stupid of him. Does it reflect how he acts as congressman? maybe. But until he makes poor decisions for the state of New York, I don’t care who he exposes his chest to. What the public seems to care about now is merely a repeat, behaviorally, of President Clinton. The fact that he had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky were dwarfed by the fact that he lied about it. If Weiner were upfront about his relationships with these 6 women, would we care? I don’t think so. We created this scandal as an audience for sake of a story.
*signal the congressman’s resignation for poor judgement in the eyes of his voters*
But he hasn’t resigned. Regret, humiliation, and embarrassment now linger around the congressman. So even if he keeps his job, he’s certainly not keeping his marriage. There’s a topic worth discussing. Did you know that 40-50% of marriages in America end in divorce?