June 10th, 2011
11:15 AM ET
As U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner deals with the fallout from his lewd-photo debacle, Alec Baldwin is offering his take on the fiasco.
In a piece on the Huffington Post, the “30 Rock” star explains that Weiner, who admitted to sexting with women outside of his marriage, is likely a busy guy who's living in a “pressure cooker of self-analysis and public appraisal” because of his chosen profession. As a result, Baldwin says, he’s got to do something “to take the edge off.”
“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,” Baldwin writes. “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.”
For men like Weiner, there’s no room in the schedule for lingering over “Mateus and cheap spaghetti,” as Baldwin puts it. “No time for slowly moving toward one another with a combination of hope and caution, lust and integrity.”
Enter the Internet, which, as he understands it, is not only a great tool for sharing information but also a way for us to send “our thoughts and feelings, our very spirit, over the airwaves.” He adds that “at times, as human beings, we want to attach the body to the feelings, as well. Photos of ourselves and loved ones...Photos used to sell something...Photos to find love...to find sex."
Porn is available, but Baldwin says it doesn't offer what sexting does, which according to him can cause one to believe that the individual is doing whatever it is they’re doing solely for you. Weiner ran into trouble, the actor says, because he’s so busy he forgot that he's a guy who needs total confidentiality.
The Congressman is "the modern, high functioning man," Baldwin says. "The fact that he is married is just one, albeit a huge, factor."
“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,” Baldwin writes. “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.”
In the end, Baldwin concludes, Weiner is “a modern human being” who “ensnared himself in things that modern humans do.”
The actor admits that he, too, made jokes about Weiner’s scandal, but that now he’s “sad for him, his family, his district and his colleagues.”
And it looks like all of this talk about politics (have you seen Baldwin's Twitter feed?), may one day add up to much more than idle chatter. He told Access Hollywood on Wednesday he is open to the idea of running for mayor of New York City.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Baldwin said.
This isn’t the first time Baldwin has been interested in politics, according to an interview he did with "Playboy" magazine in 2008.
"I'll put it this way," he said in response to whether he’d run. "The desire is there; that's one component. The other component is opportunity."
Even if Baldwin does take advantage of the messy situation in New York, it appears he isn’t registered to vote in the city, which makes him currently ineligible to run.
Of course, there's still plenty of time for Baldwin to sign up to vote before the 2013 elections. And if his recent tweets are any indicator, there’s nothing certain about his name appearing on a ballot. He wrote on Wednesday, “It's a long way till November of 2013.”
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