The vile new TV series Gaslight has mercifully ended. The show, centered around Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglary, went out in gross fashion. Even considering how Hollywood hates Republicans, the Starz series went way beyond, finding it necessary to feature Nixon farting, showering, and a shot of his bare behind.
Those images, such as a scene of Nixon tucking his t-shirt into his underwear, were contrasted with shots of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the overall grandeur of the White House.
In case you were too dense to understand the metaphor, the show’s creators decided to spell it our for you. Farting/naked Nixon was unworthy of such a high office. Get it?
Here’s the gross video from the June 12 finale:
Of course Watergate is a stain on the legacy of Nixon. But can you imagine Hollywood portraying the media-sainted John F. Kennedy this way? In case the producers of Gaslit are unaware, here’s just a few of the things alleged sex predator John F. Kennedy is accused of doing in the White House:
- He coerced 19-year-old intern Mimi Alford — who was at that point a virgin — to have sex with him in his wife’s bed.
- He told her to perform oral sex on aide Dave Powers in the White House pool.
- He later asked her to do the same on brother Ted Kennedy.
Here’s Alford writing in the Daily Mail in 2012 about the most powerful man in the world asking a teenager to sexually service his 49-year-old aide:
The President and I were in the pool, splashing playfully, while Dave Powers was sitting on the edge, with his feet dangling in the water. Then JFK swam over and whispered in my ear: ‘Mr Powers looks a little tense — would you take care of it?’
I knew exactly what that meant: it was a dare to give Dave Powers oral sex.
I don’t think the President thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did. It was a pathetic, sordid scene, and I can hardly bear to think about it. Dave was jolly and obedient as I stood in the shallow end of the pool and performed my duties. The President silently watched.
JFK swam over and whispered in my ear: ‘Mr Powers looks a little tense - would you take care of it?’ I knew exactly what that meant: it was a dare to give Dave Powers oral sex
Try as I may, I cannot explain why, without hesitation, I obeyed his command.
In 2011, the History Channel willfully complied with the Kennedy family to remove a miniseries that portrayed the family negatively. It wasn’t until 2018 that Hollywood got around to making a movie about Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.
So don’t expect a movie or TV series tearing down JFK as a bullying, disgusting sex monster who destroyed the majesty and dignity of the White House. The legend must be preserved.
For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.