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Welcome To Weinergate

In case you are not already acquainted, meet Anthony Weiner, a Democratic Congressman from New York. On Friday, a strange image appeared on his Twitter feed—a photo of a man’s crotch in a pair of underwear taken on a Blackberry. The image was addressed to a 21-year-old student in Seattle named Gennette Cordova (who says she never met the Congressman, though is a fan) but was visible to all Weiner’s followers. “I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked,” Weiner explained when the press caught wind of the story. “Someone sent out the picture. I’m an easy name to make fun of, and I think that’s what happened .. I didn’t send that picture out. I can’t say with certitude [the picture isn't me]. Pictures can be manipulated.” Weiner explained that he had hired a private security firm to look into the hacking and where the photo came from. “We’re treating it as a prank, not treating it as a national security invasion or anything,” he said. He also said that hackers have attempted to access his Facebook and Twitter accounts before.

At first, Weiner seemed defensive here. But as yesterday wore on, he seemed to take a new tactic—making peen jokes. And he has gotten in some pretty good ones, which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising considering that the man has had the last name Weiner all his life. After the jump, his best jabs. Keep reading »

John Boehner Accused Of Cheating, National Enquirer Reports

Cue the “boner” jokes: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) may have cheated with two young women, according to an alleged New York Times investigation reported by The National Enquirer. Gossips in D.C. are apparently abuzz with the news that Boehner boned Lisbeth Lyons, a lobbyist, and Leigh LaMora, a former press secretary to Colorado ex-Congressman Joel Hefley, the Enquirer reports. And the Enquirer was right about John Edwards, after all! The Speaker of the House and his wife, Deborah, have been married for 37 years and when she was contacted in late January by the Enquirer about the cheating allegations, she reportedly kept mum. I hope the Boehner cheating rumors are not true, because that will really give him something to cry about. [The National Enquirer via FireDogLake] Keep reading »

Ted Haggard Coming To A Television Near You

In 2006, Ted Haggard was one of the most powerful ministers in the United States—he was the head of the enormous New Life Church in Colorado and the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, which boasted 30 million members. And then, in a major sex scandal, a male prostitute outed Haggard, saying that not only had Haggard paid him for sex, but that he had bought and done crystal meth. Let’s just say that Haggard’s days at the New Life Church were numbered from there. So I am pretty pumped to see that TLC is airing a special that’s basically “Ted Haggard: How Haggard Is He Now?” Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: The Internet Sure Loves Racy Cheerleader Photos

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

Tonight on “Hellcats,” naked pics of squad co-captain Alice are leaked on the interwebs and quickly became the most-viewed pages on Lancer University campus. So how realistic is this plot? Unfortunately, extremely. Rebecca Manns of the University of Louisville knows first hand what this is like. When dirty photos of her ended up online in 2007, she quickly became the most Googled name of the week. Keep reading »

Google Gal Accuses Twitter Guy Of Sexual Assault — On Her Blog

Remember last month when feminist writer Germaine Greer suggested that women “name and shame” men who commit sexual assault online? Well, that has actually happened: A female Google employee has made waves across the internet for writing on her blog, NerdChic, that she was forcibly groped by a Twitter employee last week at a tech conference. She also noted that she reported the incident to the Atlanta police. Keep reading »

Vikings QB Brett Favre Accused Of Sending Lewd Texts To Women

I’m a little slow on the uptick here because I couldn’t care less about football players and their weenies. But! Some of you may have heard that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, a married man, might have been a naughty boy. Two years ago, when he played for the New York Jets, Favre allegedly sent photos of his penis to a former Jets sideline reporter and model/actress named Jenn Sterger, after contacting her through MySpace and leaving her voice mails asking to come to her hotel.

Jenn Sterger, who is no longer with the Jets either, has not spoken publicly about the alleged incidents. In fact, voicemails and pictures from Favre were made public by a third party, which the sports blog Deadspin.com purchased. Sterger has not filed a formal sexual harassment complaint — yet. Keep reading »

Krystal Ball’s New Statement About The Scandalous Photos Released Online

Krystal Ball, the 28-year-old Virginia Congressional candidate whose embarrassing private photos were dug up by a right-wing blog and posted on the internet, released the public statement today of my feminist wet dreams.

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Decrowned Miss USA Leona Gage Dies At 71

Leona Gage, the OG of beauty pageant scandalites, died this weekend of heart failure. So what’s her story? In 1957, Leona was crowned Miss USA only to have her title stripped days later. The scandal? That she was married and had two children. Well, I never! Actually, the story is pretty juicy—Leona claimed to be 21 on her pageant forms but was actually 18. She’d gotten married at age 14 and had her second baby at 16. After the Miss USA scandal, she became a regular on late night television, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and several others. And we think tabloid culture is a new thing? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Pastor Eddie Long Teaches Wifely Submission And That “Wives And Women Can Never Rule Over Men”

If you’ve read the news at all lately, you have heard of the trials and tribulations of Bishop Eddie Long. The Atlanta mega-church pastor is accused of sexual coercion of young men within his flock. Four men filed lawsuits last week claiming Long, a televangelist, forced them to have sex. Through a spokesman, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor has categorically denied the charges against him. We will leave the sexual assault allegations to the lawyers. But even if he is found not guilty of sexual assault, Eddie Long has a well-established history of abusing power of another kind: his “relationship advice” book, What A Man Wants, What A Woman Needs, is chock full of swill that preaches keeping your trap shut, also known as “wifely submission.” Keep reading »

Lindsay Lohan Hits A Baby Stroller? Ways She Can Turn Her Image Around, Stat!

In her Vanity Fair cover story, Lindsay Lohan claimed that she is a changed woman. We want to believe her. But in the week since she’s been released from rehab—where she was sent after doing a stint in jail—there’s not a whole lot of evidence that points in that direction. On Saturday, she was back at her old haunt, the bar at the Chateau Marmont, which doesn’t seem like the best choice of venue. It also probably doesn’t help that in the movie “Machete,” which opens this week, she appears naked, has a threesome with her mother (egads), and goes to a drug den.

And today comes a new report. Lindsay allegedly tapped a baby carriage with her Maserati and kept going, even though there was a baby in the stroller at the time. Keep reading »

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