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With Beyoncé editing lyrics, Monica Lewinsky asks a favor.
Former White House intern Lewinsky, who was tangled in a sex scandal with then-President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, took to Twitter to announce that Beyoncé pulled out an ableist comment from the track “Heated” on her latest album Renaissance with a request.
“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.”
Clinton and then-22-year-old Lewinsky’s affair eventually resulted in Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 and a fiery argument about 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 has approved an erasure from her song “Heated” this week – a reference that is thought to be shaming people with spastic cerebral palsy after a public uproar.
Media outlets have tapped Beyoncé for comment on Lewinsky’s suggestion.
Monica Lewinsky: A Presidential 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.