For the most part, the crimes we see committed on Busted are all pretty petty, and being caught on camera at your very worst (eg. drunk/stumbling, dressed like a stripper and jonesing for Pizza Hut) can be punishment enough for a person. So, in honor of those of us who’ve been completely humiliated in front of a wide-eyed audience of people, we’re taking a moment to sort through the most “character-building” public embarrassments of all time. Drumroll, please….
Jim McGreevey Leaves Closet Involuntarily
In 2004, New Jersey’s Governor resigned after 1) publicly declaring his affection for the opposite sex, and 2) Admitting to having an extra-marital affair with the Israeli man he had appointed homeland security adviser. Becoming the first and, to date, only openly gay state governor is certainly no embarrassment, though McGreevey’s taste in himstress left much to be desired. I mean, did you see that guy’s shoes?
A Day in the Life of Amy Winehouse
It’s hard to choose which moment has been her most embarrassing, as the British singer never quite seems regretful when the pics of her bombed and only wearing a sequenced bra surface the next morning. A day in Amy’s life meets all the requirements of public humiliation: paparazzi snapping pics of her diseased skin, on-stage fighting with fans, field trips to her husband’s prison ward… yeah, it’s about time she became mortified by herself.
Pat O’Brien Stalks a Stranger for Sex, Drugs, and More Sex
Need a reminder to never drink and dial? The Insider‘s Pat O’Brien learned his lesson a few years ago when a string of scandalous voicemails made the Internet rounds. It seems that Pat had been partying a bit too hard one evening, and between the hours of 7pm and 9pm he left a total of six messages for a woman he’d just met containing some hardly subtle sexual advances, as well as a total of 30 F-bombs. Refresh your memory at Newgrounds.com, or really, don’t — it’s icky. Following the incident, O’Brien went directly to rehab and has been sober ever since. Yay for him — and unsuspecting women everywhere!
Marv Albert Eats His Words (Among Other Things)
He shoots, he scores… jail time? In 1997, the famous sportscaster found himself waist-deep in felony charges of forcible sodomy, which also included repeated biting and “face-sitting,” as well as a few other gems involving human waste and women’s underwear. As Paris Hilton would say, “That’s hot.”
President Bill Clinton Does the Intern
No need for much back story here — most of us will never forget the blue Gap dress called in for questioning by black light, the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” and of course, the cigar. If that thing could talk…
I have the sinking feeling I missed something here. Got a few to add?