I interrupt this Fun Friday challenge to report the very distressing news that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was uninvited to a vapid celebrity event because… Bill Clinton.
Monica Lewinsky said Wednesday that her invitation to an event about “social change” was rescinded when former president Bill Clinton decided to attend the same affair.
Lewinsky didn’t name the organization, but she said she was offered an article in a magazine after her invitation was withdrawn.
“Please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and — then after I’ve accepted — uninvite me because Bill Clinton then decided to attend/was invited,” Lewinsky tweeted. “It’s 2018. Emily Post would def not approve.”
“p.s. … and definitely, please don’t try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag,” she added.
HuffPost reported that Town & Country was the magazine in question and it had pulled Lewinsky’s invite to its annual philanthropy summit at Hearst Tower in New York City on Wednesday.
Town & Country did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on the HuffPost story.
I know this happened a few days ago, but I only became aware of it when this Great Injustice appeared in my Facebook news feed and I got in a kerfuffle over it. I wrote that I had no sympathy for Monica Lewinsky. Zippo. Zilch. None. (Looking under the cushions… and… nope.)
But! Did you read her articles? See her TED talk? She’s so POISED!
And “If you think the powerful man that had a big hand in destroying her life gets preference here, then I need to hear why…”
I think she was a young adult with full agency when she chose to have an affair with Bill Clinton (a serial cheat). She’s heavy on the self pity and has zero regrets or apologies to Hillary Clinton. Since then, she appears have to done nothing with her life other than trade on her notoriety, get a degree at the LSE (one of my alma maters, I cringe), and design handbags. She’s an attention whore and I have absolutely no sympathy for her. She got uninvited from a vapid celebrity event. She’s a D-Lister and the former president isn’t. He wins the popularity contest. She should go do something productive with her life. I find her an absolutely appalling person.
Now I have to go hand in my feminist card because I don’t weep for former OW and their failed line of handbags. I guess I’m an old-fashioned feminist. I prefer women to have jobs. Like you know, Secretary of State.
Monica Lewinsky has made an entire “career” out of being Monica Lewinsky. She’s like a Kardashian constructed entirely out of self-pity.
So where does CN come in? Your Fun Friday Challenge is to suggest other things Monica Lewinsky could be doing this weekend. (Posting her resume on Indeed.com, taking up alms for the poor, polishing orphans…)
Or you can unpack why Monica Lewinsky is not part of #MeToo. I believe iconic feminist Betty Friedan summed it up best when she referred to Lewinsky as that “little twerp.”
Here’s my unpacking. If we’re going to take on #MeToo — and Holy Shit, this is long overdue — we need to distinguish between women who sleep with their bosses to advance, and those who do not. (Then you may further unpack women who have this shit forced on them in a quid pro quo. Also NOT Lewinsky’s story.) It’s the difference between VIchy France and the French Resistance, IMO. You can’t collaborate with your oppressor and then want the gold medal given to resisters. “We’re all the same because Nazi Occupation!” No. Shut the fuck up.
Monica Lewinsky was 22 years old and had agency. She was a star-fucker (or sucker, if you want to get technical.) I can see how she would regret this and be mortified now. I cannot see making a lifetime celebrity junket out of the experience. Was it unfair that she got a lot of paparazzi attention and bad press and blame, whereas Bill Clinton was merely impeached? Yes, that’s unfair. But there are risks when you have an affair with a married man. You didn’t wind up shot dead in a Philadelphia suburb, so there’s that.
Anywho, got any weekend suggestions for Monica?