Former White House intern objects to “Partition” lyrics using her name as a sexual euphemism
In a new Vanity Fair piece about her affair with President Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky takes a moment to correct the lyrics of Beyoncé’s “Partition.”
The ode to sex in a limousine include the lines, “He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.”
“Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d,'” Lewinsky wrote.
Perhaps the song is what motivated Lewinsky to speak out about the nearly two-decade old affair. We will never know. But Lewinsky wants us to leave behind the memories of the thing we had pretty much left behind.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” she wrote. “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”
“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship,” she said.
Her essay will appear on Vanity Fair’s website May 8 and on newsstands May 13.
Watch Beyonce’s video for “Partition” (the controversial lyric appears at 1:16):