Monica Lewinsky Takes Issue with That Shout-Out from Beyoncé on 'Partition'

Monica Lewinsky: Beyonce Shouldn't Have Name-Dropped Me on 'Partition'
Monica Lewinsky (left) and Beyoncé
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updated 05/07/2014 at 01:25 PM EDT

originally published 05/07/2014 12:15PM

If Monica Lewinsky had her way, she wouldn't be a verb in the Beyoncé dictionary.

In her upcoming Vanity Fair essay, the former White House intern speaks out on the way her life has changed in the 15 years since her infamous affair with former president Bill Clinton. As part of that, she offers a cheeky correction to Beyoncé's "Partition," which name-checks Lewinsky in a verse about oral sex.

On the track, Beyoncé enthuses about a memorable limousine dalliance: "He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse, he Monica Lewinsky'ed all on my gown."

As the recipient, not the deliverer, during the infamous incident, Lewinsky thinks the line should be reworked.



"Thanks, Beyoncé," she writes, "but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'ed all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'ed.' "

Elsewhere in the piece, Lewinsky explains that she's stepping into the spotlight again to "take back my narrative": "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress." She apologizes for what she calls "a consensual relationship" with the president, and criticizes the Clinton camp for making her the "scapegoat" for his misdeeds.

Lewinsky's full Vanity Fair essay will be available online May 8, and on newsstands May 13.



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