From the name of the South Park television episode "Trapped in the Closet" (referring to the figurative "closet" that homosexuals who have not disclosed their sexual orientation are said to be in), + -gate after the Watergate scandal.
- A scandal involving the aftermath of events that occurred following the airing of the South Park television episode "Trapped in the Closet", which was a satirical parody of Scientology and Scientologist actor Tom Cruise.
2006 March 18, Scott Collins, “Clamor outside `South Park' closet”, Los Angeles Times:
- Closetgate is heating up! Paramount has joined Tom Cruise's public relations rep in denying reports that the movie star strong-armed the studio into spiking a "South Park" episode that ridicules him and Scientology.
2009, David Lake, “The 10 Most Controversial 'South Park' Episodes”, MSN TV:
- Dubbed Closetgate, Comedy Central, a network owned by Viacom, pulled a rerun of this Emmy-nominated episode, supposedly under pressure from Tom Cruise, who threatened to bail out of promoting his upcoming film "Mission: Impossible III," which was being released by Paramount, a division of Viacom.
2009, “Tom Cruise - Biography”, Turner Classic Movies:
- Matt Stone and Trey Parker – the show’s fearless creators – were not afraid to call out Cruise on his power play – being dubbed “Closetgate” by The L.A. Times – even taking out ads, proclaiming tongue-in-cheek that they themselves were "servants of Xenu" and that the "million-year war for Earth" had only just begun, presumably now that their show had been screwed with backdoor deals.
For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.
- ^ Collins, Scott, "Channel Island; Clamor outside 'South Park' closet; 'Mission: Impossible' studio joins Cruise's camp in denying it strong-armed scrapping of Scientology repeat.", Los Angeles Times, 2006-03-18, pp. Calendar Desk; Part E; Pg. 16.
- ^ Usborne, David, "South Park declares war on Tom Cruise", The Independent, March 19, 2006. Retrieved on 2009-12-08.