Monica LewinskyHas a request Beyoncé: that the Grammy Award winner remove the name-dropping “Partition” lyric referencing the anti-bullying advocate’s affair with Bill Clinton.
“Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” Lewinsky, 49, tweeted on Monday, August 1, in response to the news that the “Break My Soul” singer, 40, tweaked the lyrics from “Heated” to eliminate an ableist slur.
This is not the first time the former White House intern — whose late ‘90s affair with then-President Clinton is one of the biggest political and pop culture scandals of all time — has called out Beyoncé for the NSFW mention in “Partition.”
“He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse,” the “Formation” artist sings on the 2016 track, detailing a heated hookup in the back of a limo. “He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.”
In her 2014 Vanity Fair tell-all, the London School of Economics and Political Science graduate revealed her take on the “Partition” line.
“Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton-ed all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky-ed,’” she commented at the time. The scandal that led to the impeachment of the former president in 1998 was a major storyline for decades.
Though the “Crazy in Love” artist — who dropped her latest album, Renaissance, on Friday, July 29 — has yet to respond to Lewinsky’s latest plea, she joins multiple stars who have changed offensive lyrics from their catalog. Lizzo, for one, removed the same slur from her song “Grrrls” one month prior. Taylor SwiftParamore and the Black Eyed Peas, among others, have also changed lyrics over time.
While Beyoncé is currently in the spotlight due to the release of her critically-acclaimed record, Lewinsky has also been in the limelight in recent years. Since taking back her narrative — beginning with her 2014 Vanity Fair editorial — the California native has shined a light on bullying, slut-shaming and her side of the affair. In 2021, she produced American Crime Story: Impeachment, in which Beanie FeldsteinLewinsky was depicted.
The Lewis & Clark College alum has also been known to poke fun at herself — and the affair — on social media. In May 2021, after @UberFacts asked users to reveal “the most high-risk, low-reward thing you’ve ever done,” Lewinsky simply responded, “👀” — a reaction that quickly went viral.
Two years prior, after a psychologist polled Twitter to find out “the worst job advice” people have ever received, the TV producer had the perfect comeback. “An internship at the white house will be amazing on your resume. 😳,” she wroteAt the time.