Monica Lewinsky takes a swipe at Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’

Monica Lewinsky would like to speak to Beyoncé about her 2014 song “Partition,” which references the former White House intern’s infamous affair with former President Bill Clinton.

After the Grammy winner vowed to remove an ableistic slur from her new album Renaissance, amid criticism from the disability community, Lewinsky tweeted Monday, “Um, while we’re at it… #Partition.”

Lewinsky’s tweet alludes to an explicit lyric in the Beyoncé hit that checks her by name to illustrate a sexual act. On the steamy track about dating in the back of a car, Beyoncé sings, “He popped all my buttons, and he ripped mybluse / He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.”

While some responded in defense of Lewinsky and shaming Queen Bey’s fans for dismissing her trauma, others accused Lewinsky of unfairly singling out Beyoncé, even though dozens of other artists had included her name in her work as well. In fact, Lewinsky is mentioned so many times in music that her Twitter bio reads, “rap song muse.”

“Monica Lewinsky was manipulated and sexually assaulted by THE President of the United States at the age of 24, and Beyonce fans, who are self-proclaimed feminists, are telling her to shut up for her casual mention of her ordeal.” @obaa_boni tweeted.

“It’s funny, like you [silent] over all male [artists] this reference [you] in her music, but with Beyoncé, you draw the line.” @TrellsIvyPark tweeted.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Lewinsky has called out Beyoncé for “partition.” In 2014, she responded to the song by telling Vanity Fair, “Thanks, Beyoncé. But if we put it into words, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton has it all on my dress’, not ‘Monica Lewinsky’.”

And according to Complex, Lewinsky jokingly introduced herself at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit that year, saying, “Some of you might be wondering, ‘Who the hell is this Monica, and what is she doing here?’ or maybe even, “What’s she doing in all those rap lyrics?” … Thank you, Beyoncé and Eminem. And Nicki Minaj. And Kid Cudi. Lil B and Lil Wayne… and by course G-Light. But let’s not forget Jeezy. And everything else.”

Lewinsky’s latest appeal to Beyoncé came shortly after a rep for the “Lemonade” artist confirmed that the lyrics to the song “Heated” would be changed following backlash from disability advocates.

“The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted,” Beyoncé’s team said in a statement obtained by Variety.

In response to yet another “Renaissance” controversy, Beyoncé has reportedly begun removing a Kelis sample of her song “Energy” from streaming platforms after the “Milkshake” hitmaker publicly objected.

“I have a right to be frustrated,” Kelis said in an Instagram video last week. “Why didn’t anyone have the human decency to call up and say, ‘Yo, hey, [we] would like to use your record.’”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-02/beyonce-renaissance-lyrics-monica-lewinsky-partition Monica Lewinsky takes a swipe at Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’

Sarah Ridley

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