News - Aug 29, 2022
There is a request from Monica Lewinsky. Beyonce omitted a word from her latest album because of ableist concerns, so she suggested she remove her name from her hit single, "Partition." On Aug. 1, she tweeted, "while we're at it... #Partition," referring to Beyoncé's 2013 song about a man who "Monica Lewinsky'd all over my gown."
Lyrics refer to ex-president Bill Clinton's affair with a then-21-year-old Lewinski, which led to the president's famous denial and impeachment in 1998.
This is not the first time Lewinski-who has "rap song muse" written in her Twitter bio-has addressed the unwelcome named drop. In an essay she wrote for Vanity Fair in 2014, she actually thanked Beyoncé for involving her in the song but suggested one correction.
There are references to me in Milley Cyrus' twerking performance; Eminem raps about me, and Beyoncé references me in her latest song. Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we are verbalizing, I think you meant to refer to me as "Bill Clinton'd all over my gown," not "Monica Lewinsky'd."
Lewinski clarified to a Twitter user why she changed her tune regarding her coolness with the lyric, explaining that she never was cool and that she dealt with the situation with humor "because learning to laugh about things that hurt or humiliated me is how I survived."
Prior to Lewinski's request, Beyoncé had been in hot water over the inclusion of the word "spaz" in her track "Heated" from Renaissance Renaissance, her first solo studio album since 2016. The Guardian published an opinion piece in which a disability advocate called out the Grammy winner for using "ableist language."
Beyoncé's team confirmed on the 1st of August that the lyrics will be altered, saying, "The word, which has not been used intentionally in a malicious manner, will be replaced."