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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The Starz series Boss is adding two names to its regular cast for an upcoming second season: Jonathan Groff—most recognizable as the unforgivable Jesse St. James on Glee—and Sanaa Lathan, of Love and Basketball, Alien vs. Predator and Contagion. Groff will take on the role of a young staffer in the mayoral office of Tom Kane (series star Kelsey Grammer), replacing Martin Donovan’s character. Lathan will play a new chief of staff who, unlike her boss, has a staunch sense of ethics. It is suggested that the presence and patterns of Lathan’s character Mona will stir up a good deal of trouble between her and Kane. -Deadline
Glenn Howerton is known best as the selfish, vain and manipulative Dennis Reynolds—one of the main characters of an FX favorite, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Following in the footsteps of his onscreen father Danny DeVito, who stars in the upcoming animated feature The Lorax, Howerton will try out voice acting on the new series Unsupervised. FX’s animated comedy, created and produced by Howerton and several other Always Sunny figures, will feature the actor playing five different characters spread out over two upcoming episodes. It should be something worth checking out—Howerton can definitely put his vocal chords to good use. Unsupervised stars Justin Long and Kristen Bell, and airs Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
Netflix’s original political intrigue series House of Cards already has some big names attached to it: Kevin Spacey is in the starring role as the vengeful Rep. Frank Underwood, and David Fincher is directing and producing. The series is now bringing Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, Salt) to play Congressman Patrick Russo: a vice-ridden politician with a weakness for drinking and women; he employs the services of Underwood to escape fiasco after he is apprehended with a prostitute. House of Cards is based on the 1990 British series of the same name. - Deadline
Alec Baldwin showed up on Conan to discuss his potential mayoral campaign...and what all the cab drivers in New York have to say about it. He also touched upon living among young drunk people, and describing Tracy Morgan's morning ritual of paying tribute to Michael Jackson.
Steve Martin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to tell a story about refusing to sign an autograph for an eleven year-old Judd Apatow.
Robert Downey, Jr., stopped by The Tonight Show to talk about when he severely injured an extra on the Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows set in order to make a point, to pay thanks to Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling for their Funny or Die tribute to him, and to discuss his very eccentric father who refuses to make right turns.
Finally, Jonah Hill visited The Late Show to talk about how his mother thinks that since he's an actor, he must know everyone in Hollywood...including Woody Allen, whom she took it upon herself to find and have a conversation with.
Russell Crowe has donned a fedora and trench coat to join Mark Wahlberg in Broken City. Which I can only assume is set in New York City in August—that wonderful time of year when the city is empty except for tourists and you can’t take the subway two stops without a route change. Actually, the film is set to be a neo-Noir, in which private eye Wahlberg is hired by the Mayor (Crowe) of the titular city to investigate if his wife is having an affair. As is often the case in noir films, nothing is as it appears and Wahlberg will find himself drawn deeper into a world of crime and corruption. Also, there will probably be venetian blinds.
Broken City is directed by Allen Hughes of the Hughes Brothers, who have directed From Hell, Menace II Society, and The Book Of Eli together. Not quite the Coen Bros, but not a bad filmography. And, this is the man who was smart enough to abandon the American Akira remake. So he must have some sense.
This isn’t Crowe’s first foray into neo-Noir- the Oscar winner had his first major Hollywood role in 1997’s L.A. Confidential. While that film had Crowe on the side on justice (manly, grizzled justice), Broken City should see Crowe taking a more villainous role. Crowe can be seen next in The Man With The Iron Fists, and is rumored to make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s new Superman film as Jor-El.
Broken City should hit theaters in 2014. Hopefully Hughes will be able to cast Guy Pierce in the film as well, so that I can pretend that it’s actually a sequel to L.A. Confidential.
If Jerry Springer can go from the Cincinnati mayor's office to his own brand of confrontational TV, then why can't talk show host Geraldo Rivera run for mayor of New York?
Simple. Rivera's bosses at NBC have vetoed his political plans.
TV Guide cites a letter to Rivera from NBC News Vice President David Corvo indicating that a 2001 mayoral candidacy would conflict with the flamboyant host's reporting role for the network. Rivera is the host of CNBC's "Rivera Live" as well as a documentary producer for NBC.
"It's tricky with Geraldo because he wears different hats for us," Corvo said. "But we didn't even want to have the perception that his political ambitions were affecting the objectivity of his reporting for the documentaries."
Although Rivera has reluctantly dropped his plans for the mayor's seat, he tells TV Guide: "I want to affect New York's future. ... And if NBC objects to that, I'll quit."