I just saw a news report that left me gaping at the screen and wondering if somehow I had stepped into an episode of the Twilight Zone. Sydney Leathers, one of Anthony Weiner’s sexting partners, was being interviewed about her online relationship with the New York City mayoral candidate. In a classic you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up moment, she said:
I felt manipulated because, obviously, he was saying one thing to me and another thing to his wife, and saying another thing on the campaign trail. I don’t know who the real Anthony Weiner is.*
If you’re wondering if she said that with a straight face, the answer, believe it or not, is yes. She seemed genuinely wounded.
Come to think of it, I guess it would be wounding to be the only person on the planet who doesn’t know who the real Anthony Weiner is. Talk about feeling left out! And who can blame Ms. Leathers for feeling confused when her sexting partner says one thing to her and another to his wife? I’m sure that’s never happened before. And as for feeling manipulated, I guess someone must have held a gun to her head and forced her to exchange sexually explicit photos and messages with Mr. Weiner.
The poor thing.
But not to worry! Things are looking up for Sydney. In just the last few days she’s been on Howard Stern’s radio show and has been offered money to do a porn shoot.
Obviously, I’m being facetious. I don’t know how else to react to this. It’s so far out there that any kind of serious response would seem ridiculous, like a Shakespearean actor critiquing the Gong Show.
Ms. Leathers’ comments remind me of Albert Einstein, who once said, “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.”
But at least we can take solace in one thing. Those of us who have rejected humanism (the belief that humans are this world’s best hope) have once again had our choice affirmed.
I, for one, am happy to take my stand with the prophet Isaiah: “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Isaiah 62:5)
*Huffpost Video, July 31, 2013