The Frolic: To ere is human, but keep it behind closed doors if you live in an ultra conservative country. In 2009, the Saudi Arabian government pulled the plug on a Lebanese broadcaster operating in the Kingdom after a lewd episode sent viewers scrambling for the remote. When producers of The Bold Red Line asked a divorced airline employee on as a guest, they had no idea he'd single handedly bring down the popular talk show by spewing erotic foreplay talk, a detailed aphrodisiac recipe, a recap of his personal sexual exploits and even a sex toy demo. Producers claim they edited the video to show the least amount of naughty bits, but still gave the lascivious chat fest a green light. Unfortunately, it wasn’t kosher suppertime entertainment for this strict Muslim kingdom.
The Fallout: In a country that enforces strict segregation of sexes and deems making love outside of marriage illegal, sexual immoralities rarely see the light of day. Air your dirty laundry and face a stiff punishment. The father of four is begging for forgiveness behind bars after being charged with "publicizing vice." He could face 20 years in jail or even death. However, his attorneys aim to sue the station over misrepresentation. Meanwhile, the station itself is struggling to reinstate its operating license.
8. British Envoy & Prostitutes
The Frolic: Russian intelligence agency sets up sex sting. Prostitutes lure British diplomat into hotel room. Recording equipment tapes sexual activity. Video leaked on the Internet. Britain shamed. Envoy resigns amid scandal. No, this isn’t a sneak peak at the next James Bond film. In 2009, Deputy Consul General James Hudson was allegedly caught in a "honeytrap" and taped having sex with two Russian hookers. A link to the 4-minute video clip, titled "The Adventures of Mr. Hudson in Russia," was immediately posted on a Russian news site.
The Fallout: Hudson never admitted to whether he appeared in the video, but he resigned his post soon after the scandal broke. Outraged British officials accused the Russians of staging a sting to either blackmail Hudson or embarrass the country. Russian security services are known for masterminding such operations and British officials routinely warn their envoys of frequent entrapment attempts.
So how do you refrain from following in these (in)famous footsteps? Follow these five simple rules and you'll stay employed and out of trouble:
- If you stray and are caught, fess up! Lying about it will only make things worse.
- Know your companies HR policies, especially if you are in a management position.
- Stay away from married coworkers, duh.
- Understand the risks involved, and make sure you're willing to face the consequences.
- People will ALWAYS find out. If you think you can keep this under wraps, you're kidding yourself.
Written by Nealeigh Mitchell for Excelle