Monica Lewinsky is preparing to participate in a documentary series about her time in the White House and she had a lot to say about how the media handled her affair with former President Bill Clinton.
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The documentary follows her relationship with the former president from her days in the White House until today and many have speculated as to why she decided to bring all of this up now, on television, no less.
Lewinsky explained that the documentary will allow her to tell her story about victimhood and redemption, rather than leaving it up to the sea of opinions on Twitter.
“The debate over who gets to live in Victimville fascinates me, as a public person who has watched strangers discuss my own ‘victim’ status at length on social media. The person at the epicenter of the experience doesn’t necessarily get to decide.”
The former White House intern explained that she felt like leaving the incidents of the past to lie there was a cop-out.
“An important part of moving forward is excavating, often painfully, what has gone before. When politicians are asked uncomfortable questions, they often duck and dodge by saying, That’s old news. It’s in the past. Yes. That’s exactly where we need to start to heal—with the past. But it’s not easy.”
As Lewinsky addressed her own issues with dodging the press because the incident was “in the past,” she also noted that it is important that she says her part because some of the media has failed to hold the former president accountable for what happened.
Lewinsky specifically addressed the power dynamic between the president of the United States and an intern, an imbalance Hillary Clinton dismissed because Lewinsky was an adult at the time.
“Bill instead threw down the gauntlet that day in the Oval Office: ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’ With that, the demonization of Monica Lewinsky began. As it so often does, power throws a protective cape around the shoulders of the man, and he dictates the spin by denigrating the less powerful woman.”
In a blistering statement, Lewinsky pointed to the media for emboldening this power imbalance.
“If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer.”
Lewinsky said about the documentary, “Throughout history, women have been traduced and silenced. Now, it’s our time to tell our own stories in our own words.”
“The Clinton Affair” will air on A&E on November 18.