Monica Lewinsky has joined the chorus of those who want A-list singer Beyoncé to retroactively edit lyrics.
Reacting to the news that the music superstar is removing a term deemed ableist om a new song called “Heated,” Lewinsky chimed in on Twitter to her one-million-plus followers to assert, “uhmm, while we’re at it…#Partition.”
Bill Clinton’s presidential paramour linked her tweet to a Variety article about a track on Beyoncé’s seventh studio album titled “Renaissance” released on July 29 that social media users, including disability activists, found offensive because it contained the word “spaz.”
“‘The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,’ a statement from Beyoncé’s team reads,” Variety reported on Monday.
In the 2013 Beyoncé track “Partition,” the singer included these words: “He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse. He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”
uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition
Beyoncé to Remove Renaissance Lyric After Outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety https://t.co/DzN80FdzPB
— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 1, 2022
As part of the thread, Lewinsky, still a very liberal Democrat judging by her social media activity, admitted that she has not as yet reached out to Beyoncé or her team about the verse in question.
In a long, self-centered May 2014 essay published by Vanity Fair, however, the ex-White House intern, who is now 49, wrote about a possible revision to the tune:
“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.'”
Beyoncé and her production team apparently have gone back and edited another part of her new album as part of a rocky rollout in what seems to be something perhaps along the lines of music industry appropriation.
“Outrage over the offensive [spaz] lyric is far from the only controversy Beyoncé has had to deal with regarding the ‘Renaissance’ release. The album leaked online two days before its official release date, and then singer Kelis repeatedly slammed Beyoncé for sampling her 2003 song ‘Milkshake’ without informing her,” Variety explained.
Monica Lewinsky likens speeding ticket to ‘assault rifle’ and soon regrets opening her mouth https://t.co/OJJsn52V0E
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 30, 2022
Kelis remarked on Instagram that the unauthorized sample or interpolation was “not a collab, it’s theft.”
“In the medical field, ‘spastic’ refers to a disability that makes it difficult for people to control their muscles, especially in their arms and legs,” Variety noted. According to Business Insider, spaz “has been used to refer in a derogatory way to people with disabilities, especially people with cerebral palsy.”
Oversized artist Lizzo recently had to rerecord a song because it contained the same word, which, again, is considered a slur, but evidently Beyoncé, 40, was not paying attention.
Watch a report on the Lewinsky plea as aired by Inside Edition;
In her Twitter bio, Lewinsky describes herself as a “rap song muse,” but her proposed amendment does not seem to be generating much harmony among social media users after they meditate upon it.
I have an idea. It’s kind of radical, I know, but if you don’t like the lyrics, DON’T BUY THE ALBUM! Stop spoiling things for everyone, Karen.
— Tony Lagares (@tlagares) August 1, 2022
Monica girl 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 plenty of other artists who were more disrespectful. Beyoncé’s line wasn’t even bad. So calm down
— CARAMEL IS HEATED (@caramelsteam_) August 1, 2022
You have zero room to criticize anyone about anything. Your behavior and subsequent abnegation of your gross misconduct set women back centuries. Most of women “get it out the mud” versus on our knees. Maybe be quiet and continue with real self reflection?
— Andy (@Andy68580664) August 2, 2022
Shameful of you Monica. For better or worse, you’re a public figure who was part of an historical event.
Zero comparison to a prejudicial slur against an entire group of people (incl. me), many of whom routinely face bullying and poor treatment from society.
This is pathetic.
— Mike Broderick 33 ♿ (@MikeBroderick33) August 2, 2022
Of all the vitriol directed at you, this lyric bothers you? You see Hillary Clinton who tried to destroy your credibility constantly venerated yet a lyric in a rap song is what you choose to focus on, seven years after it was released in the context of an unrelated debate?
— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) August 2, 2022
Did you ever apologize to the first woman who’s husband you had an affair with? Bill wasn’t your first affair so maybe if you would show more respect to other people they would respect you?
— Truthwillpersevere (@peoplerrlymean) August 2, 2022
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