Scandal is a political TV series created by Shonda Rhimes. It stars Kerry Washington playing the role as Olivia Pope. Based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer, Scandal focuses on Olivia Pope crisis management firm and its staff, and also on the White House staff.
A thrilling TV series, no doubt. However, political scandals have been from the beginning. Today, Yareah presents some of the most famous: Assassination of Julius Caesar; Joan of Arc burned alive; Cabrera prison: The Dreyfus affair; Madame Mao: Assassination of JFK or Watergate Scandal.
Of course, there are thousands, but these are representative:
Assassination of Julius Caesar. On the Ides of March, 44 B.C., conspirators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, stabbed Caesar at the doors of the Senate in Rome. They avoided the finish of the Republic for a moment, but only for a moment.
Joan of Arc burned alive. The uncrowned King Charles VII of France sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission and the siege was lifted in only nine days. Charles VII was crowned at Reims, but on 23 May 1430, Joan of Arc was captured at Compiègne by the English-allied faction, put on trial and burned at the stake when she was about 19 years old. The French king didn’t help her… What a brave man!
Cabrera prison in Baleares. Early nineteenth century. Napoleon has invaded Spain but not everything is a victory. After the Battle of Bailen, about nine thousand French prisoners were taken to the port of Cadiz and sent to The Cabrera Isle, where they were abandoned. It is an island with no trees and almost no animals. Only about three thousand people survived. They say that cannibalism was a current practice.
The Dreyfus affair. “J’accuse …!” was an open letter published on 13 January 1898 in the French newspaper L’Aurore by Émile Zola. In the letter, Zola addressed President of France Félix Faure accusing the government of anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus, who was sentenced to life-long penal servitude for espionage under false and dark accusations.
Madame Mao. Jiang Qing was the pseudonym used by the major Communist Party of China political figure who was Mao Zedong last wife. Powerful and cruel was accused (among other things) of the persecution of 727,420 (34,274 died) Chinese people during the Cultural Revolution.
Assassination of J.F. Kennedy. So dark that better to stop comments.
Watergate Scandal. This scandal revealed endless abuses of authority and dirty tricks of Nixon and his officials. It generated a massive distrust of Nixon and he became the first and only American president to resign the office.