Webb: That must be the biggest scandal since Watergategate. Mitchell: "Watergategate"? Isn't it just "Watergate"? Webb: No, that would mean it was just about water. No, it was a scandal or "gate" — add the suffix '-gate', that's what you do with a scandal — involving the Watergate Hotel. So it was called "the Watergate scandal", or "Watergategate".''
On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC By the time it was all over and the dust had settled, Then-United States President Richard Nixon had resigned his office on August 9, 1974.
The Watergate Scandal was the biggest political scandal to hit the United States in recent memory. As a result virtually every political scandal that has happened since has had the suffix "-gate" applied to its name. Even scandals that aren't political in nature can have the "-gate" suffix appended to it. The Other Wikisaves you the trouble of looking for such scandals with a proper list.
Fractalegate: The simulcast by Funimation was briefly put on hold due to a request by the Japanese rights holders to take down all unauthorized copies of the series before the simulcast can continue.
Auditiongate: The incident involving Hisako Kanemoto and Takuma Terashima allegedly hazing a rookie voice actor with a prank related to the anime adaptation, which led to the DVD and BluRay releases being delayed for one month and a member of the band eufonius (who was involved in the scandal) deciding to take a hiatus from the group.
Referenced in the Post-Boot Legion of Super-Heroes. The crisis of the United Planets' Portal Network being subverted by an alien power and used to invade Earth is referred to as "Softgate."
Popped up in Christopher Priest's run on Black Panther. The Wakandan consulate sponsored a children's charity which was later revealed to be involved in embezzling and drug-running; one of the charity's wards ended up mysteriously dead. The resulting scandal was dubbed "Wakandagate."
In the Goldie Hawn vehicle Protocol, Goldie Hawn's blond ditz character, Sunny Davis, is unaware that she's being asked to be a prostitute for a high-ranking Arab shiek. When the scandal finally broke, the TV news called it "Sunnygate".
Expendablegate: A leak of the third Expendables film (which, granted, was of higher quality than most bootlegs) triggered unprecedented copyright action from Lionsgate that may forever change the world of online torrenting.
In A Disagreement with Death, the last of the Wuntvor novels by Craig Shaw Gardner, Wuntvor's master, the wizard Ebenezum, refers repeatedly in interviews to "Wizardgate," but it is never revealed what the Wizardgate scandal actually involved, partly because Ebenezum cast a spell to make the reporter, and possibly everyone else, forget all about Wizardgate.
A variant occurs in Neuromancer: "watergated" is a verb meaning an attempt to cover up/spin a scandal.
Lexicongate: When Steve Vander Ark decided to publish his Harry Potter Lexicon in book form, despite it mostly consisting of material lifted directly from the original books. Hilarity and lawsuits ensued.
A similar one happened in Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, the Polk Middle School newspaper reveals that the money supposed to replace the tiles has been spent on something else. The following day's headline: "Tile-Gate!"
Hugh Dennis on Mock the Week made a joke about this, calling a scandal about tapping the phones of celebrities "stargate" and one about politicians buying pornography "masturgate."
TMZ is fond of blowing seemingly minor events out of proportion, often with the "-gate" suffix. For instance, they attributed the Los Angeles Lakers' troubles in the 2010 NBA Finals (you know, before the epic Game 7 close call) to the fact that many of their key players ate steak with heavy, buttery sauce the night before at Ruth's Chris Steak House. They dubbed it "Steakgate" and over the next few days made repeated reference to it.
A crossover between Sesame Street and The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour occurred during a PBS pledge drive in the '80s in which news anchor Robert MacNeil covered a presumed cookie theft by Cookie Monster known as "Cookiegate."
A Sleazy Politician invented a sex scandal with Leslie in order to divert attention from the far more embarrassing sex scandal which he was actually involved in. Eventually, Leslie challenges him to provide proof of their affair on TV and he claims she has a mole in her buttocks. After a very fed-up Leslie shows her butt to the reporter, said reporter terms it "no mole-gate".
In the first season of Glee, the Glee Clubbers sometimes referred to their "first scandal"—Quinn getting pregnant—as "Babygate".
In 1600 Penn, President Gilchrist makes a joke about marriage being pointless. The press dubs the incident "Wedding-gate" and spends the next month harping on his supposed opposition to family values.
Marshall: Sir, you've offended women. And men trying to impress women, which is all men, except gay men, whom you've also offended.
In a Calvin and Hobbes strip, where Calvin pretends that his dad is an elected official, Calvin mentions major scandals during Dad's administration, such as "Bedtimegate" and "Homeworkgate." Dad brushes it off: "Instances of true leadership. History will vindicate me."
In thisPearls Before Swine strip, problems with using a Windows computer to upload a video of a horse trotting through a gate lead to the incident being dubbed "Gates Gait Gate Gate".
The Far Side: In one cartoon, a caveman impresses the rest of his tribe with his invention of fire—except the fire in question is just a wooden cutout, painted to look like flames. The caption notes that he was exiled from the tribe over "the Firegate incident".
G. Gordon Liddy occasionally complained about the practice on his talk show, on the grounds that attaching the "-gate" suffix to every scandal diluted his personal place in history.
In a New Definitions round on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Linda Smith redefines the seaside town Margate as "the mother of all scandals".
Bumpergate: Bobby Allison won the 1982 Daytona 500, but in post-race inspection, NASCAR found that Allison's back bumper had fallen off. It has been claimed that Allison and his crew modified the bumper so that it would fall off easily at the beginning of the race. However, NASCAR never fined Allison and the victory stands. Allison and his crew deny the allegations.
Mike Joy made reference to it during a NASCAR on Fox telecast from the spring 2009 race at Talladega after Kurt Busch lost his entire rear bumper (he would go on to finish in the top ten), possibly from damage he received in a 14 car crash on lap 7.
Ponygate: A pay-for-play scandal involving the football program at Southern Methodist University in the 1980s.note ("Pony" refers to SMU's athletic nickname of Mustangs; SMU teams are often informally called "Ponies".) The school had been sanctioned for violations of NCAA rules several times in that decade, but in 1986, it was discovered that SMU had maintained a "slush fund" for paying players under the table since the mid-1970s. This revelation led the NCAA to impose a "death penalty" on the football team, canceling its entire 1987 season and limiting it to seven road games (instead of the full 11-game schedule of that time) in 1988; SMU decided not to play the 1988 season anyway. The scandal ended the political career of Bill Clements, who had been the head of SMU's governing board before serving his second term as governor of Texas, and admitted to knowing about the slush fund in 1984. After SMU brought football back in 1989, they didn't go to a bowl game until 2009.
Crashgate: A Formula One controversy involving Nelsinho Piquet deliberately crashing his car to give his teammate Fernando Alonso enough of an advantage to win the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
Footgate: Referring to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's rumored foot fetish after a woman who resembles his wife, Michelle Ryan, appeared in a foot fetish video in 2010.
Spygate: The discovery that the New England Patriots used illegal videotaping of their opponents' defensive signals from the sidelines (specifically, the New York Jets) in 2007.
And again used in 2010 when Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was accused of videotaping the San Francisco 49ers.
Also used in the 2007 Formula One season (yes, another F1 example) when a Ferrari employee stole technical information and slipped it to their rivals at McLaren, and later McLaren information was slipped to Renault.
Balloongate: During a 2009-10 Premier League season fixture, Sunderland were awarded a goal against Liverpool after the ball took a deflection off astray balloon on the pitch.
Bountygate: Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was accused of rewarding his defensive players for intentionally injuring the opposing players from 2009-2011, as well as setting up a bounty program during his stints with the Saints, Redskins, and the Bills.
Tripgate: In December 2010, Sal Alosi, the New York Jets' conditioning coach, formed a human wall with several Jets players along the sidelines then leaned towards the field to intentionally trip up Miami Dolphins player Nolan Carroll.
Seatgate: The controversy involving several ticket holders being turned away at the gates of Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV, due to alleged seat shortages.
Badmintongate / Shuttlegate: At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, four women's badminton pairs teams were disqualified from competition after deliberately trying to lose matches to manipulate the quarter-final draw.
Fendergate: In a Darlington NASCAR telecast in 2002, Mike Joy used this to refer to an incident at the 2002 Daytona 500. Sterling Marlin was leading when he had a tire rub with six laps to go. The race was red-flagged so that the track could be cleaned and the race finish under green. He got out of his car when they stopped the cars on the back straightaway to check his fender. Working on the car is prohibited in any form under a red flag in NASCAR, and when Marlin touched his fender, all of the officials saw it and he was penalized. Ward Burton would go on to win the race.
Armstronggate: Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, which looks to have serious repercussions against not only Armstrong (who was stripped of all his Tour de France titles and other career accomplishments from 1998 onwards, pending an official lawsuit by his management against USADA and UCI) but also the sport of cycling as a whole.
Bloodgate: a Rugby Union scandal in which the English team Harlequins were found to be using fake blood capsules to exploit the laws of the game, specifically to allow a specialist kicker to enter the game at a key point in a Heineken Cupnote rugby union's equivalent to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. The player who was instructed to fake the injury admitted that his mouth had been deliberately cut open afterwards in an attempt to hide the fake injury. In a case of poetic justice, the kicker who was brought in missed a drop goal that would have won the match, and Harlequins' opponent, Irish side Leinster, went on to win the tournament.
Spingate: a nickname used by some sportscasters to refer to the controversial 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR race (the last before the season's Chase for the Cup), in which Clint Bowyer (driving for the Michael Waltrip Racing team) suddenly spun out near the end of the race; allowing for Martin Truex Jr. to claim the final wild-card spot over Ryan Newman. In addition, Brian Vickers was ordered to take a pit after a restart from caution by his crew chief.note There was also a separate scandal involving collusion between Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports to get Joey Lagano the 10th and final guaranteed spot over Jeff Gordon. Shortly after the race, reports came out that the spin-out was intentional; capped by a video replay in which Bowyer's crew chief could be heard worrying that Truex wouldn't make the chase over the audio - while Vickers had a similar conversation with his spotter. When NASCAR got wind of the incident, the crew chiefs were placed on probation until December 31 and Truex was ejected from the Chase via a points penalty, with Newman given the final wild-card spot and (after the Penske and Front Row element came out) Jeff Gordon getting a spot as the "13th" member of the Chase.
Sterlinggate: Longtime LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist audio tape, the reveal of which ended in his expulsion from the NBA.
Stelviogate: Horrible weather conditions on top of the Stelvio mountain pass in Italy during the 2014 Giro d'Italia, led to a situation where the Giro d'Italia race management failed hard at communicating whether or not the descent from said pass was neutralized. This led to a situation where Nairo Quintananote Quintana was 5th before the stage, 2.40 behind the leader Rigoberto Uran, who would later win the race overall, had a two minute lead at the bottom of the final climb of the stage, where he took 3.30 to 4.30 on every general classification contender, except for Pierre Rolland and Ryder Hesjedal who were in the breakaway with him. Quintana went on to win the Giro overall with a margin of 3.07note Technically 2.58, but the 9 seconds lost at the last stage could easily have been avoided if necessary to Rigoberto Uran, who thought the descent was neutralized.
Gauchogate: The "scandal" that arose after the 2014 Soccer World Championship when the German team who had just won the championship returned home and sang a song in public which kind of mocked the Argentinian team whom they had beaten in the finale. German commentators called the song inappropriate, politically incorrect and even racist while the majority said it was all in good fun and part of the soccer tradition to make fun of opponent teams. Besides, even the Argentinians declared that they liked the song.
Scandal involving an EVE Online CSM member using privied information to invest in certain market materials was dubbed "Larkonis Gate" after the member's name. He was then forced to step down Nixon-style.
Doritogate: Blatant Product Placement during a televised interview by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighly sparked off a series of events that lead to a massive black-eye for gaming journalism at large regarding game publishers using free merchandise to more or less bribe journalists into giving positive reviews.
Resolutiongate: Accusations that gaming sites are downplaying the difference in resolution between the Xbox One (720p) and Playstation 4 (1080p). The whole debacle centered around the developers of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 stating that the Xbox One versions of those games would run at a native resolution of 720p and then be upscaled to 1080p whereas the PlayStation 4 version would run at 1080p and 1600x900 (900p) respectively. This, along with Digital Foundry's analysis of Dead Rising 3 showing that it ran at 720p and a sub-30FPS frame rate, caused many casual readers to think that the Xbox One is only capable of rendering at 720p maximum when it's very clear that games such as Ryse and Need for Speed rendered at 900p and 1080p respectively on the Xbox One.
Jarkgate: Unofficial Fan Nickname for the scandal involving Scott Jarkoff's firing from deviantART in July/August 2005.
A Home and Away storyline from 2005 centered on the paternity of Hayley Lawson's baby became unpopular with the fans, who were aware that Scott was the father from the beginning (the test results had been switched by the vengeful ex-girlfriend of the other prospective father, Kim) but were forced to sit through months of near misses with at least three other characters finding out but being prevented from revealing it for various reasons. The story is now dubbed "Paternitygate" on the Backtothebay message board.
Sporegate: The fan reaction to EA's insistence on using severe DRM in Spore was not pleasant.
A user on this forum is actually lamenting the loss of "gate" being attached to anything and everything. Link.
Gerstmanngate: Used by some video game sites to describe the scandal when Jeff Gerstmann was fired from Gamespot after his middling Kane and Lynch: Dead Menreview.
WikiLeaks included the word "cablegate" in the URL to the 250,000+ diplomatic cables they leaked in November 2010, as if they were naming their own scandal that they were trying to make.
YoGPoD 2, Sipsgate, in which Lewis randomly calls his internet friend Sips (who said to never, ever call him in real life except in emergencies related to their website, which he maintained) three times for no reason other than entertainment. Luckily, the potential scandal and defriending is averted, and Sips is cool with it... as long as they don't call him again.
Invoked in a review of The X-Files episode "Deep Throat" by SF Debris, in which he owns that the habit of calling every other scandal with the suffix "-gate" annoys him a great deal.
Named number four in this Cracked article: 5 Things The Media Loves Pretending Are News. Parodied in the entry in the form of "Gatesgategate", a hypothetical scandal involving then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates misappropriating public funds to install a new gate on his property.
Referenced and subverted in The Simpsons, where Kent Brockman reveals that the trial of Mayor Quimby's nephew for assaulting a waiter (the waiter just tripped) is being dubbed by the media as "Beat-Up Waiter":
Kent Brockman: This reporter suggested "Waitergate" but was shouted down at the Press Club.
There's also "Alicorngate", referring to the controversial decision to make Twilight Sparkle into an alicorn in the season 3 finale, "Magical Mystery Cure"; the controversy started before the episode aired.
Frozengate, the saga of the mystery of the missing American Blu-ray 3D release of Frozen.
Averted: The 2011 scandal in which President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to protect the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya resulting in the deaths of several American citizens is referred to simply as "Benghazi".
Benghazigate, referring to speculations of US intelligence failures following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Since no tangible controversy has been uncovered (and more supposed scandals with an equal lack of proof have come up), this is widely seen as a political attempt to find a scandal, or manufacture one if it can't be found, hence leading to critics referring to the ordeal by the trope name, "Scandalgate".
It's believed that the first scandal to have a -gate suffix attached to it was Winegate, a 1973 scandal in France involving wine merchants fraudulently labeling cheap wine as Bordeaux.
Monicagate / Zippergate: The Monica Lewinsky scandal under President Bill Clinton. Called "Tailgate" by The Daily Show.
Plamegate: The accusations of outing the CIA operative Valerie Plame by Richard Armitage.
Rathergate (or "Memogate"): The 60 Minutes II' report that produced allegedly forged documents concerning George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard in 1972.
Breastgate/Nipplegate: During the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake pulled away Janet Jackson's clothing and briefly exposed her breast, and CBS could not cut away to an aerial shot of the stadium before the image was broadcast live.
Whitewatergate: The Whitewater scandal about real estate dealings and an illegal $300,000 loan the Clinton couple was involved in.
Gategate: Jon Stewart's suggested name, during an interview on C-SPAN, for a hypothetical investigation into "who gives out the -gates?"
Was also used by The Economist after a scandal involving a company called GATE.
Several commentators tried to attach this name to the British scandal about whether or not a Conservative politician had branded a police officer a "pleb" for refusing to let him use a particular gate into Downing Street. Unfortunately, the media latched onto "Plebgate" instead; see below.
Keith Olbermann of MSNBC loved to do this. Until mid-2009, Countdown had a bit called "Bushed!" showcasing various failures of the Bush Administration and affixing -gate to any and everything resembling a title he can find. e.g., "Support the Troops-gate," "Heckuva Job-gate", "Waterboarding-gate" and so forth. The last one is often referred to as "Torturegate".
Olbermann in part did this because, as Jon Stewart noted above, Bush scandals were oddly less likely than one would expect to be labeled "-gate" by the media at large, especially compared to even the most minor hints of scandal under Clinton.
Iguanagate. An Australian politician and his wife were forced to undergo anger management classes after yelling at the staff of a nightclub called Iguana Joe's. Utegate is... a followup.
Towelgate (Toallagate): In Mexico, around 2001, someone dug up public spending records of highly expensive luxuries for Vicente Fox's presidential manor, including several multi-thousand-dollar towels.
ClimateGate, where the Hadley Climactic Research Unit's emails were hacked and certain content from within the center was made public and often quoted out of context.
Additional scandals regarding exaggerated claims of Himalayan glaciers melting have followed. Some commentators have dubbed the controversy "Glaciergate."
"Babygate," which was applied to several rumors and scandals regarding the Palin women and their various pregnancies.
"Sponsorgate" is a popular name in Canada for the Sponsorship Scandal, in which a significant amount of national taxpayers dollars disappeared. Ironically, the money was supposed to be used to promote Canadian unity.
In Holland, there is Mabelgate, for a prince marrying a woman (named Mabel) who turned out to have had an affair with a mobster in her student years.
NPR-gate: NPR fired one of its longtime members, Juan Williams, for saying that he "felt uncomfortable" if he was on a plane with a devout Muslim.
Crackergate / Wafergate: Catholics take communion very seriously. Not eating the host/cracker immediately resulted in one student being assaulted and receiving death threats. The overreaction resulted in another consecrated wafer being thrown in the trash.
"GatesGate" was the name given to the scandal involving the arrest for disorderly conduct of (black) Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, who believed that the arrest was the product of racial discrimination and profiling.
Iraqgate: Anneli Jäätteenmäki, then-Prime Minister of Finland, had acquired secret Foreign Ministry documents relating to the War on Terror in 2003 with the ensuing scandal eventually leading to her resignation.
Aquagate: On January 31, 2007. Boston police officials were alerted of a suspicious object on a section of Interstate 93. Bomb Squad, and numerous other personnel were called into action. This strange object was determined to possibly be an improvised bomb. They were determined to be "hoax devices". Several others were reported elsewhere. Turns out, the were promotional pieces (similar to litebrites, featuring the Mooninites) for the ensuing Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, with devices stationed in 9 other cities with no incident. Of course, this revelation came after numerous streets in Boston, were closed. The people responsible were shortly arrested and charged with "...intent to panic the public." Boston quickly became a laughing stock with people with knowledge of the devices, and the series. There's more on That other Wiki.
Handleygate: An Iowa man named Christopher Handley served six months for possession of seven obscene manga. This scandal shook the entire otaku community in the United States, though on the ANN bulletin's announcement of the sentencing a blacklist was compiled consisting solely of all the obscene manga Handley was found in possession of, meaning nobody except those who owned any of the titles on the blacklist had to worry after all.
Tokyogate: The internet has used this to the otaku community outrage that lasted for several months over the passage of Bill 156 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which grants it the power to restrict games and manga with the depiction of illegal sexual acts (read: lolicon) and "sexual depictions between close relatives who could not legally get married" if done in an "unjustifiably glorified" manner. The Tokyogate title has also been used to refer to an earlier financial semi-scandal involving the Tokyo government.
Bigotgate: Gordon Brown (at the time Prime Minister of the UK) took questions from a woman, Gillian Duffy, while campaigning in the run-up to the UK General Election in 2010, which included a comment from Duffy about too many people "flocking" to Britain from Eastern Europe. As Brown was leaving, he forgot to switch off his microphone, which later recorded him referring to her as a 'bigoted woman'.
Rubygate, the name for the scandal between the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, and a nightclub dancer he paid for sexual services.
Wheatergate: The Australian Wheat Board scandal, particularly that they paid kick-backs to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government in exchange for lucrative wheat contracts in connection to the UN's "Oil for Food" program.
Tattoogate nearly wrecked Warner Bros. by threatening to block the release of The Hangover Part II over a character "getting some ink" in a style the same to Mike Tyson's facial tattoo, a design copyrighted by the tattoo's original designer. The film was subsequently assailed by at least three more lawsuits, one of which involved a phony Louis Vuitton bag.
A different "tattoogate" is known in Columbus: This was the discovery that several Ohio State football players had traded personal memorabilia (specifically the gold pants they were given when they beat Michigan in 2008) for tattoos, a big NCAA no-no, and that head coach Jim Tressel knew about this and covered it up, an even bigger NCAA no-no. This eventually cost Tressel his job and the possibility of coaching in college for awhile. It also cost Ohio State a year of postseason eligibility (the 2012 season, one in which the Buckeyes under new coach Urban Meyer went 12-0).
Weinergate: US Congressman Anthony Weiner got busted for posting lewd photos of himself (specifically his clothed crotch area) to his twitter account. (That is his actual name.)
Hackgate (or Rupertgate or Murdochgate): Reports that reporters and employees of Rupert Murdoch's News International corporation, and particularly British-tabloid "News of the World", had hacked into the cellphones of celebrities, politicians, royal family members, and victims of crimes, including, allegedly, voice mails of the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Chile, being a Spanish-speaking country and not really up-to-date with American's news, didn't have this trope for naming scandals. But then a corruption scandal broke up that just happened to involve the Ministerio de Obras Públicas (Ministry of Public Works, MOP in Spanish) and the firm Gestión Ambiental y Territorial (Enviromental and Territorial Management, GATE in Spanish), which was known as the MOP-GATE case and started a trend of naming scandals with a -gate suffix. It rhymes with latte by the way.
Interestingly enough, the suffix -gate was used correctly in the Piñeragate scandal, where actual president Sebastián Piñera was wiretaped in a conversation where he and a friend were talking on how to "fuck up" and shame his rival for the party's nomination, Evelyn Matthei.
Penngate: Also known as the "Jerry Sandusky Affair" and the "Second Scandal to Rock College Sports, After SMUgate", this scandal centers on Jerry Sandusky being charged with sexual abuse, as well as a possible cover-up by the university itself. It culminated in Joe Paterno's reputation being permanently tarnished and Penn State narrowly avoiding the first death penalty on a major college football program since SMU.
Crategate: In 1983 Mitt Romney put his dog on a crate strapped to the roof of his car for a twelve hour car ride.
Robogate: Termed by the Globe and Mail to refer to automated messages, or "robocalls" sent out directing voters to incorrect voting areas during the Canadian 2011 Federal election in May. More information on The Other Wikihere.
Bullygate: The MPAA certified an anti-bullying documentary film with an R-rating which was upheld on appeal; although more than half the appeals board did think an R-rating was too much for a film with a very important message that should be heard by children, they weren't enough to overturn the rating. That's when the Weinstein brothers, already known as the most vocal opponents of the MPAA, decided the MPAA had finally crossed the line. Fortunately, a compromised was reached, and the film is now rated PG-13 with half the F words cut (the other half, all in the key and infamous "bus" scene that contributed to the original R rating, completely intact).
Panthergate: The New Black Panther Party and two of its members (who constitute roughly a quarter of the total membership) were charged with voter intimidation following the 2008 election.
Editgate: The name for the current scandal against a large amount of news media outlets regarding their tampering with the Trayvon Martin shooting case to make a racial-based narrative, including among other things editing a call to make it seem as though Zimmerman said the reason he felt Martin was suspicious was because of his skin color when, as the unedited tape revealed, the only time Zimmerman even mentioned Martin's race, period, was when the 911 operator asked what the suspect's race was (hence the name).
Gloria-gate: More known in the Philippines as "Hello Garci". This refers to the implication of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo interfering in the 2004 national elections, judging by her being in contact with an official of the Commission on Elections during the vote counting. A recording of the conversation (from a wire-tap) was released to the public, sparking massive outrages, protests, and a clamor for former President Arroyo's opponent in that election, Fernando Poe Junior, to be declared as the winner of the election.
Gate Gate, a minor example in the UK. A problem with a style of gate led to a minor problem with hikers who struggled walking. It's since long been forgotten by anybody who didn't watch Have I Got News for You.
Petrikgate, the scandal involving the Russian pseudoscientist Viktor Petrik.
Closetgate, when Tom Cruise threatened to refuse to participate in the publicity for Mission: Impossible III over his portrayal in the infamous South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet" (Paramount and Comedy Central are owned by Viacom) and fans of the show threatened to boycott the film in response.
DC Nationgate, when Cartoon Network abruptly put the DC Nation block on a 3-month hiatus with no prior notice to viewers or the producers of the block's programs. Once again, backdraft ensued. To this day, no official explanation was given for the sudden change in schedule.
AKB4G8 (pronounced "A-K-B-Forty-gate"), when an offensive image of one member of AKB48 caused an issue number to be skipped in Kodansha's Young Magazine and could lead to criminal charges against Kodansha.
Elevatorgate: The reaction among part of the Internet atheist community to feminist "Skepchick", Rebecca Watson, who in a video mentions how a guy hit on her on a elevator. Much outrage ensued—against Rebecca, not because the fact that she rebuked the guy or that she thought that he was being creepy (it was closed space after all), but because how she reacted to people (both men and women) who told her that she was exaggerating to whom she exploded against them, accusing them of being misogynists and "not getting" the trials a woman must go through. Notable was Richard Dawkins saying her complaint was invalid because women in the Middle East experience more sexism than women in the West, note that he responded with his "Dear Muslima" post when Rebecca used her experience as an example of how bad women have it in general (deliberately equating a lesser problem with a bigger one), which is not a case of Appeal To Worse Problems.
Votegate: A rash of trolls downvoting comments on one of the Wikis caused that Wiki to go out of order (long story).
Duffygate: The unofficial nickname for the 2013 Canadian Senateexpenses scandal regarding a group of Senators allegedly grossly misusing public funds to pay for travel expenses who were rewarded housing allowances by declaring their "primary residences" to be in their home province, outside of the standard 100km radius away from Ottawa, while still living near Capital Hill. This has led to the suspension of three high-profile Senators. While Senator Mike Duffy is by no means the only person named in the scandal, his involvement has lead to the highest-level resignation in Canadian politics.
The press had a difficult time figuring out a name for the Iran-Contra affair when it was first breaking. CBS News' Dan Rather kept calling it the "arms to Iran-cash to the contras" story. Then CBS used a big sign saying "ARM$ DEAL" when Rather reported on it. It was variously called Irangate, Contragate, Northscam and (by Jello Biafra and the L.A. Times) Iranamuck.
Chickengate (In Portuguese, "Frangogate"): The mayor of a big Brazilian city was implicated in a shady scheme regarding the purchase of frozen chicken for the city's school system. (He was later acquitted.) The person who profited from this turned out to be his brother-in-law.
Egggate: A violinist on Britain's Got Talent named Natalie Holt threw eggs at the judges during a performance in the finals; one of the eggs hit Simon Cowell.
Plebgate (also briefly called "Gategate"). A Conservative MP swore and ranted at some police officers who refused to open the main gate for his bicycle (and instead asked him to use the pedestrian gate). While this was controversial, what really made it a scandal was when two months later it turned out that the police logs might have wrongly recorded the word "pleb" as one of the insults he usednote Thought to be the main reason behind the resignation; to cut a long story short the Conservative party had a bit of an image problem at the time. and an email backing this up, claiming to be from a member of the public, was sent by a third police officer. Given that people on both sides were sticking fiercely to their version of events, it was seen as a case either of the police attempting to libel a Government minister or vice versa; both pretty Serious Business despite the pettiness of the alleged insult.
Squidgygate: During the breakdown of the marriage of the the Prince and Princess of Wales, the tabloids managed to get their hands on a tape recording of a phone conversation between Princess Diana and her close friend James Gilbey, where the breakdown of her marriage and their own relationship were discussed. The 'Squidgy' part came from Gilbey's pet name for Diana. Squidygate was followed shortly after by Camillagate, where a tape of a very intimate conversation between Prince Charles and his then-mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles was leaked.
Duck Dynastygate: The incredible backdraft that ensued when Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made homophobic comments for an interview in GQ magazine.
Bridgegate: Nickname for the political scandal in which members of New Jersey governor Chris Christie's staff engineered traffic gridlock in Fort Lee by closing two of three dedicated toll lane entrances from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge, supposedly to conduct a traffic study, for four days in September 2013, but actually as retribution against Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not supporting Christie, a Republican, in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Italian language has its own counterpart: the suffix '-poli' (meaning 'city'). In the early nineties a large political corruption scandal was exposed, with the media nicknaming it Tangentopoli (lit. Bribesville), and since then pretty much any scandal in Italy gets a media nickname ending in -poli.
South Africa brings us Nkandlagate, involving President Jacob Zuma's embezzling of public funds to cherry-pick a piece of land at Nkandla (a region of the KwaZulu-Natal province in the eastern part of South Africa) and spend 250 million rand (about $25 million) renovating his own private property. The situation is not helped by the fact that Nkandla is one of the poorest areas in South Africa, being predominantly rural with 44% unemployment.