Monica Lewinsky is slammed for asking Beyonce to change old lyrics
After the announcement of the news Beyonce would change the lyrics of his new song “Heated” due to criticism over his inclusion of ableist language, Monica Lewinsky took the opportunity to ask if a line from one of the singer’s older songs could also be edited, and Twitter didn’t have it.
The activist and TV personality tweeted a post announcing the changed lyrics to “Heated” and wrote, “uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.”
Lewinsky is referring to the song “Sheet Music,” released in 2013 on Beyoncé’s self-titled album, which includes a line that reads, “He Monica Lewinsky had it all on my dress.”
The lyrics reference Lewinsky’s infamous affair with the former president. bill clinton when she was an intern at the White House in her early twenties.
Lewinsky certainly has every right to be offended and ask for the line to be removed, but plenty of people on Twitter had something to say in response to her tweet.
A fan, @RashadEst95pointed out how Lewinsky has the words “muse of rap song” in his Twitter bio, asking, “Aren’t you proud of it?”
In response to this, another person came to his defense, saying“She’s stuck with it, so she’s trying to make the best of the situation.”
Lewinsky personally replied to a similar comment on his tweet, saying, “Actually, that’s how I learned to deal with painful or humiliating things…I find humor.”
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Some have wondered why Lewinsky is bringing it up now, nearly a decade after “Partition” fell – though she acknowledged the line shortly after its release in an interview with Vanity Lounge—and even tried to argue that Lewinsky shouldn’t be offended by the line. A handful of these answers leaning into misogyny, arguably going too far.
Others interrogates why Lewinsky specifically takes issue with Beyoncé’s lyrics when so many other musical artists also have lyrics referencing her and the affair –The cup reported in 2015 that Lewinsky has featured in at least 120 songs, with many using her name as a verb for a sex act, as Beyoncé does in her song.
Meanwhile rapper Nicki Minaj repeatedly referenced Lewinsky in his songs in a thought-provoking way. The cup wrote: “When Minaj calls herself ‘Young Money Monica’ she uses the name as a sexual disruptor, as a woman who knows the power of her own sexuality and can harness it for great wealth and ultimately power . It took almost 20 years, and a woman, to really do the metaphor justice.”
It took just as long for people to start seeing Lewinsky in a more positive and sympathetic light, as a few commentators have pointed out.
@rynabear wrote, “She received a lot of positive attention after the #Me too movement when people finally realized that a 22-year-old intern was being exploited by the most powerful man in America. she picked up her story and received justice in the public eye.”
It’s unclear if Lewinsky will contact Beyoncé’s team to officially request that the lyrics be changed, as she told one person on twitter that she didn’t.
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