The meaty questions surrounding the Anthony Weiner Tweet photo controversy that beg to be probed
By now we've all heard about it: a lewd photo was released on Congress Anthony Weiner's yFrog account, a nasty photo of a man's crotch that was also posted via his verified Twitter timeline. A photo that was received by at least one woman. According to Weiner his accounts were hacked and the same prankster who put out the photo also deleted the pictures Weiner legitimately had stored at yFrog. Now hacking is one of those prevalent pain in the bun things we unfortunately have to endure if we're going to live in a computer reliant world. Likewise, it is not surprising that a celebrity of Weiner's stature could well have their accounts abused in this manner by some miserable lowlife with nothing better to do with their time. Whether you are a fan of Weiner or not hacking is never a nice thing to do to anyone. It is also a crime, with repercussions almost as serious as those that come with committing financial misconduct during a re-election campaign or racking up parking tickets while at the same time toying with the idea of running for Mayor of New York. But unlike those activities, hacking will probably land you in jail.
As much personal grief as this incidence has surely caused for Rep. Weiner it is human nature to nibble at the questions: is it possible he wasn't really hacked but in fact knowingly sent out that photo? Why have his usually loyal political allies suddenly gone silent about him? Does he plan to sport a Guys Gone Wild tee-shirt for his next appearance on The Daily Show? Some could say these are fair questions, others might say they are only suggestive.
But if we reign in pointless speculation for a few moments we will see there are much more important, meatier questions this controversy raises. Questions that we -as a responsible society- should be asking.
1. Will the word Weinerlieber now replace Belieber on Twitter's Trending Topics?
2. What unsightly, unseemly prank is planned to be next foisted on the unsuspecting public? Up and close photos of Barney Frank lying seductively on a bear skin rug? Henry Waxman's bare nekkid nose? Michelle Obama's hottest come-hither face? Oh god, the possibilities.
3. Undermining the Snooki factor. With the concentration of attention the media has given this Weiner-hacker incident, the media is overlooking the latest vital Snooki news. It begs one to ask what has happened to reporters covering earth-shattering real news events? Just think about it - if this trend keeps up we might not hear the name Lady Gaga for another three or four hours.
4. Just what kind of depraved sickos are getting onto Twitter these days? Any individual who derives amusement from posting photos of a man's crotch is is a perv. But sicker still are any and all pathetic individuals who actually clicked on the Tweet's link in the salivating hope that it was Rep. Weiner's crotch. Don't we owe it to these pitiful individuals to demand Twitter to tighten up screening on new members? Perhaps even report current members with obvious mental problems to their nearest psychological health care specialist? This has to be a better alternative to the reality Twitter executives can look forward to if they don't take action. Because by ignoring it now, next week they might just find themselves passing by a blinded Twitter member on the street and wonder, Dear god, did I do that??
5. This one is truly important - how am I supposed to visit Sonic and order a plain weiner NOW?? You know, it is scandalous stunts like this that turn expressions like Getting a Lewinski, Smelling the Gennifer Flowers and Going Down to the Barbara Bush into permanent fixtures of the English language. And don't even get me started about the surprise my husband and I had planned for next Sunday with our kids. I'll never be able to utter the words "weiner roast" to them now, not without the urge to wash my own mouth out with soap. And oh, what if my husband asks if I want my weiner smothered with mayo?? Geesh. Darned you evil, thoughtless, amoral hackers, darn you. You just had to spoil it for everyone, didn't you?