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Former Clinton era White House intern Monica Lewinsky effectively “broke the Internet” Friday with her cheeky response to a question posed on Twitter.
Early Friday morning, the Twitter account for UberFacts, a company that shares facts both on Twitter and through a phone app, asked, “What’s the most high-risk, low-reward thing you’ve ever done?”
Most of the replies were pretty ordinary, with people talking about “trying to make new friends as an adult,” “getting married” or “becoming a Miami Dolphins fan,” the latter of which is clearly absolutely inexcusable.
But not Lewinksy. Oh no. She came at the question from an entirely different angle.
— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) May 21, 2021
You know what she’s talking about, right? During her days at the White House, she gave oral sex to then-President Bill Clinton. Many would say she ruined her life — or at least what her life could have and would have most likely otherwise been.
The fact that she was able to convey this so pithily and wordlessly triggered an eruption of bipartisan praise and adulation, with liberals, conservatives, libertarians, “cisgender” people, transgender people, the masked, the unmasked, the sane and the deranged all cheering for their “queen.”
Kinda perfect tweet
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) May 21, 2021
We don’t deserve you.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) May 21, 2021
This is my favorite tweet in the history of Twitter.
— Meaghan Oppenheimer (@MoppyOpps) May 22, 2021
This is an excellent tweet.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) May 22, 2021
— (((Rachel Sklar))) ❄️ (@rachelsklar) May 21, 2021
Monica, your humor is honestly the most refreshing thing on this platform
— Libertarian-In-Chief (@ToddHagopian) May 21, 2021
This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen
— Bottlerocket (@bottlerocket) May 21, 2021
You’re a national treasure.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 21, 2021
Monica Lewinsky deserves every good thing in life.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 21, 2021
Possibly the single best tweet ever.
— Ian Shepherdson (@IanShepherdson) May 21, 2021
You are the best damn thing that ever happened to Twitter. Adore you, Monica!
— Susan Spector McPherson (@susanmcp1) May 21, 2021
Monica Lewinsky wins Twitter of the week with this tweet pic.twitter.com/qsST3HYoeW
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) May 21, 2021
Girl 😄 pic.twitter.com/YsF8mUVzaG
— Alicia Marie (@AliciaMarieBODY) May 21, 2021
You go, girl!
Back in the 1990s when the affair transpired, Lewinsky had hoped that it’d stay a secret. But it didn’t, and then came the day in January of 1998 when Clinton announced to the world that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
Speaking in 1998 about the infamous moment, Lewinsky said that, while it hurt to be called “that woman,” she was glad he’d denied their affair.
“I was gutted. I felt anger. I was hurt, having been called ‘that woman.’ But at the same time, there was a part of me that was glad he did that. Because I wanted him to deny it. I did not want him to lose his job. You know, it was impossible to imagine what was about to unfold,” she said.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 17, 2018
Indeed, in the years that followed, Lewinsky was torn apart not only by the pro-Clinton mainstream press but also by Clinton and his wife, then-first lady Hillary Clinton. As far as all of them were concerned, Lewinsky and the litany of other women who came forward after the affair was exposed were just “bimbos.”
To this day, neither Clinton nor his wife have ever truly apologized to Lewinsky for the attacks.
“No, I do not,” the former president said in 2018 when asked whether he owed Lewinsky an apology.
“I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public,” he added.
In a tweet, prominent #MeToo activist Rose McGowan slammed Clinton at the time for his lack of remorse, noting that his “selfishness” had “destroyed” Lewinsky’s life:
Bill Clinton. Here is the truth of it: a human life was altered & destroyed due to your selfishness. Because. You. Could. You not only wiped your semen on a young girl’s dress, you left a stain on society. You actually owe EVERYONE an apology, especially her. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/HWnsAmXjlR
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) June 4, 2018
As Lewinsky so pithily and wordlessly noted in her response to UberFacts, giving Clinton oral sex was an incredibly “high-risk, low-reward” act.
“Ms Lewinsky testified that her physical relationship with the president included oral sex but not sexual intercourse. According to Ms Lewinsky, she performed oral sex on the President but he never performed oral sex on her,” The Guardian reported in late 1998.
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