Monica Lewinsky reacted to Beyoncé’s “Partition Lyric Backlash.”

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

Monica Lewinsky has responded to fans’ confusion over her decision to speak out against a 2013 text by Beyoncé that references her affair with former President Bill Clinton.

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

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Last Friday, Beyoncé released her brand new album, Renaissance. While the project was widely praised, many listeners had issues with the use of the word “Spaz” in track 11, “Heated”.

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After Beyoncé faced criticism for including the ableist slur, a rep for the singer announced Monday that she would be removing the lyrics, saying they were not used “intentionally in a harmful way.”

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Prompted by these reports, Lewinsky spoke out and suggested that Beyoncé might also consider removing a reference to her in the 2013 song “Partition.”

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“um, while we’re at it… #Partition,” Lewinsky tweeted on Monday, link to a Variety article about Beyoncé replacing the text on “Heated.”

um, while we’re at it… #parting from Beyoncé to remove Renaissance text after outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety https://t.co/DzN80FdzPB


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In case you don’t know, “Partition” — featured on Beyoncé’s self-titled album — alludes to a very ~specific~ aspect of Clinton’s affair with then-21-year-old Lewinsky in the late 1990s.

In the first verse, Beyoncé describes a sexual encounter in which her partner “Monica Lewinsky put everything on my dress.” This is believed to indicate that Clinton’s infidelity was publicly proven after semen stains on a blue Lewinsky dress turned out to be his.

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Before we continue, it’s probably worth noting that using Lewinsky’s name in connection with sexual innuendos was common in rap music — and Beyoncé certainly wasn’t the first to do so.

During her 2015 Ted Talk, Lewinsky noted that she was named on nearly 40 rap songs performed by Nicki Minaj, Eminem, and Lil Wayne.

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Lewinsky pokes fun at this common occurrence, listing “Rap-Song-Muse” in her Twitter bio.

Considering all of this — and the fact that “Partition” was released nearly nine years ago — several Twitter users were puzzled by Lewinsky’s decision to pull up the lyrics at this point.

@MonicaLewinsky Monica girls, be realistic… You’re saying that Beyoncé should remove a line from her song that came out 9 years ago??? And why are you only talking about Beyoncé, there were enough other artists who were more disrespectful. Beyoncé’s line wasn’t even bad. So calm down


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While responding to people, Lewinsky noted that this isn’t the first time she’s expressed displeasure with the text, drawing her attention to a Vanity Fair essay she wrote in 2014.

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An excerpt from the essay shows that she thanked Beyoncé for the salute, but added, “If we’re being verbal, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton has it all on my dress,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky.'”

@LaShea2019 that was from an essay I wrote in 2014. not just Beyoncé. I’ve also learned to find humor in painful/humiliating things. Enjoy the view from your high horse.


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


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In response, Lewinsky said she’s learned to find humor in things that are painful or humiliating, and shared that’s how she “survived” in the past.

@ZemiBoriken @evil_analog_val @0detteroulette @JaynayChanel because I survived because I learned to laugh at things that hurt or humiliated me.


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

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


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Beyoncé hasn’t commented on it yet, and it remains to be seen if she’ll revise the lyrics to “Partition” in light of Lewinsky’s thoughts.

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