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With Beyoncé editing lyrics, Monica Lewinsky asks a favor.
A former White House intern, Lewinsky tweeted with a request that Beyoncé removed an ableist remark from the track “Heated” on her latest album, Renaissance.
“uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” wrote Lewinsky.
“Partition” is a song from the superstar’s 2013 self-titled album – her fifth studio album. In the track, Beyoncé sings that a man “Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
The affair between Clinton and Lewinsky, then 22, ultimately led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 and a heated argument over consent and abuse of power.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in 2021, Lewinsky said, “what’s really important to remember in today’s world is that we never should have even gotten to a place where consent was a question.”
“So, it was wholly inappropriate as the most powerful man, my boss, 49 years old,” she stated.
“I was 22, literally just out of college. And I think that the power differentials there are something that couldn’t ever fathom consequences at 22 that I understand obviously so differently at 48.”
Beyoncé this week endorsed the evacuation of a portion of the verses in her tune “Heated,” a reference that is believed to humiliate individuals with spastic cerebral paralysis after a public objection.
Media outlets reached out to Beyoncé to comment on Lewinsky’s suggestion.
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Monica Lewinsky: A Scandal Story
Monica Lewinsky was 22 years old when it happened. Former President Bill Clinton confessed to their affair during her time at the White House in 1995 and 1996.
The affair, as well as its reverberation, became commonly known as the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
After it was publicly revealed, Lewinsky earned international celebrity status. She then launched into a series of ventures, including a line of handbags under her name, acting as an advertising spokesperson for a diet plan, and serving as a television personality.
Sometime later, Lewinsky stepped away from the spotlight to strive for a master’s degree in psychology in a school in London.
She came back in 2014 as a social activist to raise awareness and fight against cyberbullying.