The Watergate scandal was the first and most famous political scandals. It involved President Nixon and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Now, the term “Watergate” has become another word for scandal. And now whenever a scandal happens, people put the suffix “-gate” and boom – you have a scandal. Here are some entertaining “gate” scandals that happened in the last few years.
Ariana Grande’s “Donutgate” in 2015
Ariana Grande is now at the top of her game, selling out concerts and making hit singles. But in 2015, the only thing people were talking about was Donutgate. The pop singer was caught on a security camera video in a doughnut shop licking the display donuts, putting them back, and saying “I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting.”
Grande later apologized for “behaving poorly” and said she was indeed very proud to be American. As embarrassing as that video must have been, the public seems to have forgiven her considering her massive success.
The 89th Academy Awards “Envelopegate” in 2017
Remember when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture when they actually weren’t? Producers had to come up on stage three minutes after the acceptance speech and interrupt them in order to announce the real winners. Moonlight was the real winner of the year’s best picture.
Beatty was trying to explain how he read the wrong name on the envelope. Afterward, the internet exploded into criticism over the Academy’s font choice.
Bill Clinton’s “Hairgate” in 1993
Back in 1993, long before Clinton was involved in one of the biggest political scandals with Monica Lewinsky, he was the subject of another scandalous event, but to a lesser extent. The event of 1993 could be called Hairgate.
Clinton and Air Force One were held up at LAX airport for more than an hour. The reason was so that the president could get a haircut on the plane. And since Air Force One was hanging out on the tarmac for an hour, half of the runways had to be shut down, and incoming flights were put on hold. All for a haircut.
2014’s “Celebgate” That Led to An FBI Investigation
On August 31, 2014, about 500 scandalous photos of celebrities were leaked online. The photos were posted online and quickly spread to popular internet sites like Reddit. Some of the celebrities with leaked photos were Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, and Olivia Wilde.
Considering the high-profile celebrity names involved, the FBI got involved and led a real investigation. Five men were eventually convicted on various charges. If “being creepy” was a felony, they would be charged for that too.
Canada’s “Elbowgate” in 2016 – They’re Not as Polite as You Think
In the House of Commons on May 18, 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau literally grabbed a member of Parliament to guide them up to a vote that was about to be timed out. He allegedly elbowed a female member in the chest on the way. The parliament floor turned into a yelling match, and Trudeau later apologized multiple times.
Later, videos were seen, and it was revealed that Trudeau did nothing wrong, despite a number of parliament members exploiting the incident and calling it “physical molestation” and “criminal assault.”