Right, let’s just ignore the pink elephant in the room.
Monica Lewinsky walked off stage during a live interview Monday at a conference in Israel after being asked a question about former President Bill Clinton.
The former Clinton White House intern was being interviewed by Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi at the Jerusalem Convention Center and became miffed when Levi referenced Clinton’s recent comments about not owing Lewinsky an apology.
“Do you still expect that apology? A personal apology?” Levi asked.
“I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to do this,” Lewinsky responded, before dropping her microphone on the table and angrily walking off stage.
Lewinsky later posted a statement on Twitter explaining that she walked out because there were “clear parameters” for the interview and she had previously told Levi that the question about Clinton was “off limits.”
“When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me I had been misled,” she said. “I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative.”
so here’s 👇🏻 what happened… pic.twitter.com/Y7gLs3SDLF
— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) September 3, 2018
Ironically, Lewinsky delivered a speech at the venue before the interview, and spoke about the scandal that resulted from her sexual relationship with Clinton.
Lewinsky told the audience that she “was shunned from almost every community which I belonged to, including my religious community,” adding that it “led to some very dark times for me,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
So it would appear that the topic itself is not off-limits, just who is permitted to talk about it.
Her decision to end the interview made for some interesting chatter online, with one social media user reminding all that the only reason Lewinsky is a public figure today is because of her affair with Clinton.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
I'm confused what there is to talk to Monica Lewinsky about if it isn't about @BillClinton
No disrespect but how is she significant outside of her affair with the former president?
— r͈͓͍̞̗̰℮ꝇⱺ ̙̟̙ (@r3l0z) September 3, 2018
@LeviYonit @NewsChannelIL can’t be trusted. #LeviYonit tried it on day before. Told No. Still she did it again on TV. Narcissistic. Apology would be fake. Proven has no integrity. She will have triggered, re-traumatised a woman trying to Get on with her Life & recover from PTSD.
— Ruth Leahy (@Petitioner007) September 4, 2018
I am sorry you’ve been treated this way.
But I wanted you to know that your act of leaving the stage was also an inspiration, showing that people can and should stand up against those who mistreat and bully them. So thank you for that, and hope for a better experience next time!
— Tamar Rotman تمار روطمان (@Tamaruli) September 4, 2018
It must be exhausting to have “journalists” over and over again define you by events that occurred over 20 years ago. Isn’t time for people to interview the person u are now? Glad you walked out. Kudos.
— StealthTweet (@StealthTweet63) September 4, 2018
I didn't see this, but I support Lewinsky.
It's simple. A contract was deliberately violated. If a client delays process payment on a construction deal, work stops.
If interviewer and interviewee agree on content, and interviewer violates publicly, work stops.
Pretty simple. https://t.co/LIWmIiBO1k
— Edward Shain (@ems1944) September 4, 2018
I applaud you Monica sincerely for showing courage and keeping your integrity given been blatantly and rudely misled once again by bias media! You should be able to have an interview about your current work without having to contently talk of the past! BRAVO 🙂 https://t.co/3MlEa3ySd6
— Emma Steel 💙 (@Emmasteel19) September 4, 2018
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