After reading excerpts of Monica Lewinsky’s piece in Vanity Fair, I felt relieved. She survived. After all these years, she seems okay.
First of all, it’s not an interview. Lewinsky isn’t leaving this version up to someone else.
I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.
In the piece, she lays out her take of the damage done to her:
Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.
On the rumor that Hillary Clinton called her a “narcissistic loony toon,” Lewinsky responds:
If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky…Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling.”
Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.
Now interested in helping victims of cyberbullying, Lewinsky writes:
Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.