The singer, who is 49, sang an ominous line from the hit song “Partition” that references her famous affair.
Following news about Beyonce was planning to alter the lyrics of her new track “Heated” due to the criticism of its use of the ableist language Monica Lewinsky seized the chance to inquire whether a line from one of her earlier songs was possible to be changed also and Twitter was not happy with it.
The TV and activist posted a tweet announcing the new “Heated” lyrics and wrote, “uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.”
Lewinsky refers to the track “Partition,” released in 2013 on Beyonce’s self titled album, with a line that says “He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
The lyrics refer to Lewinsky’s scandalous affair with the former presidential candidate Bill Clinton while she was an intern in the White House in her early 20s.
Lewinsky definitely has the right to be offended and ask that the tweet be taken down however, a large number of users on Twitter have had their own opinions in reaction to her tweet.
One person, @RashadEst95, commented on the fact that Lewinsky uses the term “rap song muse” in her Twitter bio, and asked, “Are you not proud of it?”
In response to this the other person stood up for her, saying, “She’s stuck with it, so she’s trying to make the best out of the situation.”
Lewinsky personally addressed on a similar post on her Twitter, saying, “actually, it’s how i’ve learned to deal with painful or humiliating things… i find the humor.”
Many wondered what the reasoning was behind why Lewinsky was bringing this issue up nearly a decade since “Partition” dropped–although she did acknowledge the lyrics immediately after the release of the song when she spoke to Vanity Fair–and even tried to claim that Lewinsky should not be offended by the phrase. A few of those comments were a bit sexist, perhaps being too much.
Others were unsure the reason Lewinsky specifically has a problem with the lyrics of Beyonce when other artists include lyrics that refer to her and the scandalThe magazine the Cut published the year 2015, that Lewinsky is in more than 120 songs, several songs making use of Lewinsky’s name in a sentence that refers to sexual activity, which is what Beyonce sings in her song.
In the meantime, the rapper Nicki Minaj has often referenced Lewinsky in her music in a way that is empowering. The Cut wrote, “When Minaj says she’s “Young Money Monica,” she’s using the name to represent an asexual disruptor as an individual who understands that she has the ability to control her sexuality and is able to leverage it to earn fortune and, ultimately, the power. It took more than 20 years, and also a woman, to really make the metaphor work.”
It took just as long for people to begin to view Lewinsky in a positive and sympathetic light as some commenters have pointed out.
The Twitter account @rynabear wrotethat “she’s received much publicity since her participation in the hashtag #metoo movement, when people realized that the truth that a 22-year-old intern was swindled by the man with the highest power in america. She’s retracted her story and has been rewarded in the media.”
It’s not clear if Lewinsky will get in touch with Beyonce’s management to ask them to officially request her lyrics to be altered since she has told someone on Twitter she had not yet done so.