Today, we can read about Monica Lewinsky’s shame. But should we?


monica-lewinskyI saw Monica Lewinsky in her then-new avatar as LSE student late one night in London in the noughties. We were all at a café near the London School of Economics. Ms Lewinsky was distinctive, in her chubbiness, her face shielded by her glossy dark hair. She was sitting quite alone at a table on which reposed a solitary cup. At the time, London provided Monica Lewinsky with the protective shield she needed after a decade in the headlines as a crude sexual pun.

Today, for all who care – the curious, the prurient, the internet-itchy – Vanity Fair makes available (at a price) its exclusive interview with Monica Lewinsky.

She’s reclaiming her ‘story,’ she says to Vanity Fair. “Time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Ms Lewinsky declares, describing the long years of trying to get a job (despite being who she is) and failing to take the jobs she gets (because of who she is).

And then there’s Buzzfeed with its look at “How Websites Today Would Report The Monica Lewinsky Scandal”.

One has to wonder why Ms Lewinsky would dare once again to tame the beast? It’s nothing to do with a Hillary Clinton run for president is it?