In today’s world, people get insulted pretty easily. However, when an artist consistently brings up themes of female empowerment and then writes insulting lyrics about a young woman who was abused by the most powerful man in the free world, there is reason to be upset.
Monica Lewinsky is not happy with Beyonce
After Beyoncé nixed a word from her latest album over ableist concerns, the 49-year-old suggested that the singer go one step further and remove her name from her hit “Partition.”
“uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” she tweeted in Aug. 1, calling out the 2013 song from the Beyoncé album in which the singer recalled that a man “Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
This isn’t the first time Lewinski—who has “rap song muse” written in her Twitter bio—has addressed the unwelcomed named drop. In an essay she wrote for Vanity Fair in 2014, she actually thanked Beyoncé for including her in the song, but offered one correction.
“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.'”
After a Twitter user questioned why Lewinski seemingly changed her tune about being cool with the lyric, she clarified that she never was and said she previously coped with the situation with humor “because “learning to laugh about things which hurt or humiliated me is how i survived.”
Before Lewinski’s request, Beyoncé found herself in hot water over the use of the word “spaz” on her track “Heated” off Renaissance Renaissance, her first solo studio album since 2016.
A disability advocate quickly called out the Grammy winner for the “use of ableist language” in an opinion piece in The Guardian.
On Aug. 1, Beyoncé’s team confirmed to E! News that the lyrics will be changed saying, “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”