It’s Weinergate! This story has it all: sex, scandal, intrigue, and social media. But there’s a twist: Sure, Rep. Anthony Weiner went mad with power and sent pictures of his junk to random women via his Twitter account. But what’s really intriguing about this story is that it’s a political sex scandal without real actual sex taking place. That’s how life is here in the future – stupid! Still, Weiner isn’t the first to screw up via social media. Let’s recap some other infamous lowlights:
1. Brett Favre’s Penis Texting
Model/TV personality Jenn Sterger was contacted by Brett Favre via a phony MySpace account—under the improbable pseudonym "Screaming Lord Byron.” The legendary quarterback left Sterger messages like: “I saw you in tunnel at last game. Got your name from office person. I’m new to the team.” Next came weird desperate voicemail messages. This was followed by the Infamous Brett Favre sexting penis pictures - creepy touchdown in double-overtime! Oh, and we’re not linking to a photo. You can find that yourself.
2. Gilbert Gottfried's Tsunami Twitter Jokes
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was given the boot from his role as the voice of the Aflac duck when, after the 2011 Japanese tsunami, he tweeted such jokes as, "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'" Still, at least he totally showed remorse for it.
3. The Rugby Star and the Dog
In Australia, Canberra Raiders ruby star Joel Monaghan was forced to quit after photos emerged on Twitter of the star center in sexually compromising positions with a dog. Monaghan left the team in tears—the dog could not be reached for comment.
4. Schoolgirls and Aussie Footy Stars
More from Oz: the Australian Football League went into damage control after naked photos of famous players from the St. Kilda Football Club were published online via Twitter and Facebook. The players apparently scorned a 17-year old schoolgirl, who wrote on the page: "Feel free to forward it on to everyone!!! Let's see if we can get them humiliated on the news by tonight—I will not stop until I am satisfied; it's basically just about getting revenge.'' Moral of the story: never mess with Ozzie chicks.
5. Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs
Palin's "Take Back the 20" campaign called on Americans to vote Democrats out of office in conservative districts. The announcement on her Facebook page was accompanied by an image of targeted districts, with gun sight crosshairs over them. Unfortunately, one of those targeted - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - ended up being shot down by some nutcase, inspiring a few desperate-for-a-story journalists to link the two events. Despite these people being in the minority, of course, Palin still managed to make her response an attention-seeking victim-cry without ever apologizing for the poor-taste stunt in the first place.
6. Congressman Christopher Lee's Shirtless Photos
This is pure vanilla compared to the current Weinergate scandal: Congressman Christopher Lee resigned after sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Though he was bare-chested and flexing his muscles, there was not a single junk shot. Which, really, seems like he’s not even trying. Come on, dude! You’re a politician! If you’re not found dead, bent over a table wearing women’s stockings with a bag over your head, you’re not doing your job!