Monica Lewinsky Responded To Beyoncé Partition Lyric Backlash

Lewinsky’s request came shortly after Beyoncé removed a capable slur from a song on her new album. Renaissance.

Monica Lewinsky has responded to fan confusion over her decision to speak out against a 2013 Beyoncé lyric referencing her affair with former President Bill Clinton.

But first, here’s the backstory to explain how we got here.

Last Friday, Beyonce released her new album, Renaissance. While the project was widely praised, many listeners took issue with the use of the word “spaz” on track 11, “Heated”.

After Beyoncé confronted intense criticism for including the capable insult, a representative for the singer announced Monday that she would be removing the letter, saying it had not been used “intentionally in a harmful way”.

Prompted by these reports, Lewinsky stepped forward to suggest that Beyoncé might also consider removing a reference to her from the 2013 song “Partition.”

“uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition”, Lewinsky tweeted on Monday, linking to a Variety article about Beyoncé replacing the lyrics of “Heated”.

uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition Beyoncé to remove Renaissance Lyric after Outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety

Twitter: @MonicaLewinsky

In case you’re not familiar, “Partition,” which appeared on Beyoncé’s self-titled album, alludes to a very ~specific~ aspect of clinton affair with Lewinsky, then 21, in the late 1990s.

During the first verse, Beyoncé describes a sexual encounter in which her partner “Monica Lewinsky got her whole dress in.” This is presumably a reference to the fact that Clinton’s infidelity was publicly tested after semen stains on a blue dress belonging to Lewinsky were proven to be his.

Before continuing, it’s probably worth mentioning that using lewinsky’s name in the context of sexual innuendo has been common in rap music, and Beyoncé certainly wasn’t the first to do it.

during it Ted Talk 2015Lewinsky pointed out that she had been named in almost 40 rap songsperformed by artists such as Nicki Minaj, Eminem and Lil Wayne.

Poking fun at this common occurrence, Lewinsky has a “rap song muse” on his Twitter bio.

Taking all of this into account, and the fact that “Partition” was released nearly nine years ago, several Twitter users were confused by Lewinsky’s decision to mention the lyrics at this point.

@MonicaLewinsky Monica girl be real… Are you saying that Beyoncé should delete a line from her song that came out 9 years ago? And why are you only talking about Beyoncé? There were many other artists who were more disrespectful. Beyoncé’s line wasn’t even bad. so calm down

Twitter: @caramelsteam_

While responding to people, Lewinsky noted that this is not the first time he has expressed his displeasure with the lyrics, turning his attention to a vanity fair essay he wrote in 2014.

An excerpt from the essay shows that he thanked Beyoncé for the greeting, but added: “If we’re verbalizing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton put everything on my dress,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky.'”

@LaShea2019 this was from an essay I wrote in 2014. not just beyoncé. Also, I have learned to find humor in painful/humiliating things. enjoy the view from your high horse.

Twitter: @MonicaLewinsky

Among those who tweeted their confusion, many were quick to mention the reference to being a muse in Lewinsky’s Twitter bio.

Twitter: @RashadEst85

In response, Lewinsky said that he has learned to find humor in things that are painful or humiliating, sharing that this is how he “survived” in the past.

@ZemiBoriken @evil_analog_val @0detteroulette @JaynayChanel because learning to laugh at things that hurt or humiliate me is how I survived.

Twitter: @MonicaLewinsky

Interestingly, when asked by a fan if he had reached out to Beyoncé or her team prior to his tweet, Lewinsky confirmed that he hadn’t, before telling them that they had an “interesting/fair point.”

@JaynayChanel No, I haven’t. I mentioned it in the first Vanity Fair article I wrote in 2014… which was the first thing I’d done publicly in 10 years. but you make an interesting/fair point…

Twitter: @MonicaLewinsky

Beyoncé has yet to comment on the matter, and it remains to be seen if she will rework the lyrics to “Partition” in light of Lewinsky’s thoughts.

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