‘Scandals’ of the Past That Are Laughably Tame Now
Every time a public figure is involved in a scandal these days, everyone swears that it will ruin their career. People just don’t realize that although people can be wildly incensed in the moment, as soon as it’s off the front page, people are quick to forgive. The same happened in the case of these past scandals, which seem laughably tame to us now — either because they were never really that bad in the first place, or we’ve long forgiven (or forgotten) those involved.
Florence Henderson, who played Mrs. Brady in The Brady Bunch, goes on a date with her on-screen son
When Barry Williams was a young 20-year-old actor in Hollywood, he asked out Florence Henderson, who played his mother on the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch. Williams later bragged about their good-night kiss in the media, while Henderson insists the date was blown way out of proportion.
The Newport sex scandal
In 1919, Newport, Rhode Island was known for its unusually large population of gay naval officers. This was an affront to the US Navy who ordered undercover investigators to canvass the town and arrest any officers that they found to be gay. The only problem was that the investigators could only determine someone’s sexual preference by having sex with them, which brought a huge scandal down on the Navy.
The Bachelor President
The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, was a lifelong bachelor — the only president to ever live in the White House solo. His lack of a wife, plus his decades-long “friendship” with fellow politician William Rufus King, was a huge scandal at the time, although no one could ever prove that they were anything more than good friends.