Monica Lewinsky is a multifaceted activist who formerly worked as a White House intern in the mid-1990s. Monica Lewinsky and Beyoncé have now made headlines together due to an album issue. Lewinsky has asked Beyoncé to remove her name from the hit song “Partition.“
After it was discovered that Beyoncé may rewrite another line from her upcoming Renaissance album due to ableist issues, Monica Lewinsky requested that Beyoncé delete her name from a 2013 song. “uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” the former White House intern tweeted in response to news reports about Beyoncé removing the word “spaz” from the Renaissance track “Heated.”
Lewinsky’s tweet alluded to a line from Beyoncé’s 2013 album single in which the singer recalled a man “Monica Lewinsky’d all over my gown,” referring to President Bill Clinton’s scandal with a then-21-year-old Lewinsky, which led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. Beyoncé’s representative declined a request for comment.
Following Monica Lewinsky’s social media remark, users swiftly commented on her tweet, pointing out that her Twitter bio advertised her as a “rap song muse.” Another user added a screenshot from a 2014 Vanity Fair essay written by Lewinsky in which she praised Beyoncé for adding her to the song, but proposed a tweak to the lyrics.
“Miley Cyrus references me in her twerking stage act, Eminem raps about me, and Beyoncé’s latest hit gives me a shout-out. Thanks, Beyoncé. But if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.'”
Lewinsky clarified that she previously used the metaphor to “find humor in painful/humiliating circumstances,” and that she had not personally approached Beyoncé’s camp to request that the song be tweaked. Beyoncé’s “Partition” was released as an official single at the beginning of 2014. Only time will tell if Queen Bey hits the recording booth to lay down some new vocals for that old track.
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