Americans love their ironic T-shirts, especially when they make coy references to politicians' sex scandals. The Internet is awash with "Client #9" and "Zippergate '98" gear, but the phenomenon isn't restricted to the digital age. It's version 2.0 of the traditional smear campaign—"as American as apple pie," one political analyst told Radar.
Wearing these tees is a way to collectively point the finger at culprits whose only sin was getting caught. But it can also be a political statement: One T-shirt reads "I am not gay. I just have a wide stance"—a reference to Sen. Larry Craig's bathroom shenanigans. "He was such a hypocrite and those people need to be called out," said the manufacturer.