It takes a lot of cojones (or maybe just complete stupidity) to make the same mistake twice. But that's just what New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner managed to do when he got caught up in yet another sex scandal. In keeping with tradition, the newest issue of The New Yorker features a clever cartoon cover (say that three times fast) mocking this latest piece of news from the nefarious world of politics.
In the illustration for the August 5 issue, we see Anthony Weiner à la King Kong, straddling a strategically placed Empire State Building, but with a slightly, shall we say, risqué twist. As you've probably noticed, Weiner's scandal lends itself to countless parodies, late-night talk show jokes, and other sorts of fodder for hilarity. (Seriously, his name is Weiner.) But the barrage of media attention and comedic content inspired by his sexual indiscretions is nothing new or unusual. Rather, Weiner's scandal is just the latest in the slew of politicians' sordid affairs that have sparked full-on laugh riots in the comedy world. From fake campaign commercials to parody songs to just straight-up hilarious commentary, these are some of our favorite reactions to political sex scandals.
John EdwardsNorth Carolina Democrat John Edwards was once a state senator, nominee for Vice President, and candidate for President of the United States. But his political ambitions were dashed when news broke that he had fathered an illegimate child with his mistress and former campaign worker Rielle Hunter. The scandal, which caused a national outrage, also inspired an abundance of humorous parodies, including several Saturday Night Live sketches. And we can't forget MadTV's "Viva La Cheata," a musical parody of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" starring Jerry O'Connell as Edwards.
Herman CainPresidential candidate hopeful Herman Cain was a frontrunner for the Republican Party nomination in 2011, but he was forced to suspend his campaign when four women sued him for sexual harrassment and misconduct. When the fourth season of Arrested Development premiered on Netflix this summer, fans were introduced to a new character named Herbert Love. Mr. Love, a bizarre conservative politician who has an affair with Lindsay Bluth Fünke, is an unmistakable caricature of Herman Cain. If you have a Netflix account, check out his role in the latter half of Season 4. And if you don't, change that.
Mark SanfordWhen South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went missing for a few days in 2009, it didn't take too much investigative reporting to discover that the married politician was visiting his mistress in Argentina. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a few hilarious choice words about the scandal, calling Sanford "just another politician with a conservative mind and a liberal penis."
Bill ClintonNothing epitomizes the political sex scandal quite like President Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky affair. There are too many jokes, songs, commentaries, and parodies to count, but one of our favorite takes on the scandal is Billy Bob Thornton's sleazy, womanizing American president character in Love Actually. Also, when the creators of baracksdubs decided to put together a presidential version of Robin Thicke's suggestive "Blurred Lines," there was no better fit than good ol' Bubba Clinton.
Eliot SpitzerIn 2008, New York governor Eliot Spitzer made headlines and was forced to resign when The New York Times reported that he had been a patron of a high-priced prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP. In all legal proceedings, Spitzer was referred to as Client #9, a moniker that inspired a musical parody of the scandal, set to the melody of Love Potion No. 9. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler also had some hilariously incredulous commentary on the subject in their signature "Really!?!" segment.
Arnold SchwarzeneggerCalifornia governor and Kennedy husband Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed to have it all. That is, until it was revealed that he had an illegitimate child with one of his longtime household employees. The Governator's scandal prompted yet another brilliant "Really!?!" sketch (unfortunately sans Amy Poehler)
David VitterWhen Louisiana senator David Vitter was identified as a client of the the "D.C. Madam" prostitution service, he did not face criminal charges because of the statute of limiations. The Republican congressman did however face a wave of mockery from the press and public alike. Funny Or Die put together a fake campaign commercial with video footage of Vitter accompanied by captions like "David Vitter has a diaper fetish."
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Jennifer Hudson, Bon Jovi and other big name Hollywood entertainers have been asked to help U.S. leader President Barack Obama spread awareness about his healthcare plan to young people. Officials at the White House held a meeting with Hudson, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal Penn and representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi on Monday (22Jul13) to kickstart the new initiative.
Government officials told the stars they can be instrumental in getting the message out about the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature healthcare legislation, to younger uninsured Americans, who can help offset the costs of older Americans' care.
An official who attended the meeting says, "President Obama underscored that the efforts of these artists will be especially helpful since young uninsured Americans (ages 18-35) are key enrolment targets for the new marketplaces."
After the meeting a White House representative said many of the attendees showed interest.
The official says, "(They) expressed a personal interest in educating young people about the Affordable Care Act."
"Thank you for all of your wonderful messages of love and support. Your love makes Amy's loss more bearable." Amy Winehouse's father Mitch thanks fans for their messages on Tuesday (23Jul13), the second anniversary of the singer's death at the age of 27.
Iconic comic book heroes Superman and Batman will share the screen in Zack Snyder's follow-up to this summer's (13) blockbuster Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as the Man of Steel in Snyder's next film, while Amy Adams will return as Lois Lane, but the director stunned fans at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California on Saturday (20Jul13) by revealing Superman will be joined by The Dark Knight.
Snyder's statement reads, "I'm so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can't wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let's face it, it's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world."
During the presentation, which sparked deafening cheers from the thrilled crowd, an actor also took to the stage to read a passage from the script for the Man of Steel sequel.
The news has sparked speculation over who will play Batman as British actor Christian Bale stepped down from the role after The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan's trilogy.
The new movie will reportedly go into production next year (14) ahead of a 2015 release.
Amy Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield has posed with a skinned fox for a provocative new animal rights advert. The teenage singer stands holding a blood-stained fake fox carcass alongside the slogan 'Here's The Rest of Your Fur Coat' as part of a campaign to boost opposition to the fur trade.
The poster, which will be displayed at various locations during London Fashion Week in September (13), is the latest in a hard-hitting drive by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Bromfield says, "Not only is fur cruel, it's also totally gross. I mean, who wants to wear the skin of an abused animal? Not me!
"I watched one of PETA's fur videos, and I challenge anyone who wears fur to watch it, too. Seeing these terrified animals as they have their skin ripped off their backs just so that someone can walk around in a fur coat or hat really upset me - but it also inspired me to try to raise awareness about the fur trade."
Kevin Spacey's online series House Of Cards looks set to topple the competition at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards after picking up a raft of top nominations. The political thriller, which airs online via Netflix.com, has won a nod in the Outstanding Drama Series category, while also picking up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It garnered six nominations altogether and made history by becoming the first show not on TV to join the race for a top Emmy statue.
American Horror Story: Asylum garnered the most nominations with 17, followed closely by Game of Thrones with 16.
Last year's (12) big winners Homeland and Breaking Bad have kept up with the competition - they both are up for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Spacey faces tough competition from Homeland's Damian Lewis and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Meanwhile, Wright will be pitted against Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Kerry Washington (Scandal) for the Lead Actress in a Drama prize.
In comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Veep will vie for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In the comedy acting categories, 30 Rock's Tina Fey will battle it out with Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), while her co-star Alec Baldwin is nominated alongside Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
Movie icon Michael Douglas will go up against his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his Liberace biopic, while Al Pacino landed a nod in the same category for his title role in Phil Spector.
Pacino's co-star Dame Helen Mirren is nominated alongside Sigourney Weaver (Political Animal) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
The nominations were announced by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and the upcoming prizegiving's host Neil Patrick Harris, who was a last-minute replacement for actress Kate Mara after she suffered travel problems on the way to Los Angeles.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on 22 September (13).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Top of the Lake
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals.
Husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyonce will go head-to-head at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards for the title of Best Summer Tour. Beyonce (The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour) will compete against Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake (Legends of the Summer Tour), Bruno Mars (The Moonshine Jungle Tour), One Direction (Take Me Home Tour) and Taylor Swift (Red Tour 2013) for the coveted prize at the special ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 August (13).
Mars' Treasure also landed the singer a mention for Choice Summer Song - a category in which he'll compete with Miley Cyrus (We Can't Stop), Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams (Get Lucky), Florida Georgia Line and Nelly (Cruise - Remix), and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Williams (Blurred Lines).
In the acting categories, former real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) were nominated for Choice Movie: Liplock, alongside Amy Adams and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Skylar Astin and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Logan Lerman and Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures).
Meanwhile, Taylor Lautner (Grown Ups 2) will fight for Choice Movie: Hissy Fight with Channing Tatum (White House Down), Steve Carell (Despicable Me 2), Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), and Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect).
Choice Summer Movie: Action will be a toss up between Man of Steel, Fast & Furious 6, Pacific Rim, White House Down, and World War Z, and Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, Monsters University, The Heat, and The Internship will compete for Choice Summer Movie: Comedy .
The full list of nominations was released on Tuesday (16Jul13), over a month after the first wave of nominations were announced in May (13).
Amy Adams has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of comedian/actor Steve Martin's book Object Of Beauty. The Man of Steel star will play an ambitious entrepreneur who takes over the art world in the project, which she'll also co-produce with Sting's wife Trudie Styler and her business partner Celine Rattray.
Styler and Rattray will release their first film, Girl Most Likely, under the banner Maven Films later this month (Jul13).
A London exhibit honouring the life of Amy Winehouse is set to open in September (13) to mark would what have been the tragic singer's 30th birthday. The Rehab hitmaker died of accidental alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden on 23 July, 2011 and now her family is launching Amy Winehouse: For You I Was a Flame at Proud on 12 September (13).
The exhibition will feature works from graffiti artists and photographers, as well as art from Winehouse's own collection.
A statement from her brother Alex reads, "We're all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy's fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways.
"This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way."
This is the latest exhibit to be created in her honour - last week (03Jul13) Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait premiered at London's Jewish Museum, where keepsakes from the singer's life and career are now on display.
Hungarian director Janos Szasz triumphed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on Saturday (06Jul13) after he was awarded the top prize for his war drama The Notebook. The movie was named the winner of the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, while the Special Jury Prize was awarded to British filmmaker Ben Wheatley for A Field in England.
The Czech Republic's own Jan Hrebejk earned the Best Director honour for Honeymoon and Olafur Darri Olafsson was named the Best Actor for Icelandic movie XL. The female equivalent was awarded jointly to Bluebird stars Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale.
The final day of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival also included a special prizegiving for John Travolta and Oliver Stone, who both received the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.