Monica Lewinsky. Most would agree she is the epitome of infamous. Even if not when walking down the street, definitely every time she wears a blue dress. But what is it that our friend Monica does with her time nowadays? It seems hard to believe, but apparently, she is still doing what she’s always done and talking about politics and making the rounds with the fame garnered during the Clinton administration.
Thankfully for Lewinsky, her infamous time in the White House came on the cusp of the everything positivity movement, and now, she’s not such a pariah in what some would call “polite” society. Now, she’s even considered iconic by many, and according to the Independent Journal Review, she’s opening up about whether she thinks former President Bill Clinton “owes” her an apology for how things went down.
“I think there was a long period before my life changed in the last six or seven years, where I felt a lot in terms of there not being this resolution. And I’m very grateful that I don’t have that feeling anymore,” Lewinsky said during an interview with “Today” on Tuesday. She added, “I don’t need it. He should want to apologize in the same way that I’d want to apologize any chance I get to people I hurt and my actions have hurt.”
While Lewinsky is certainly not the first woman to have an affair with a powerful man, she might be one of the most famous in recent history, considering Clinton’s firm stance (that bored on purgery) that he “did not” have an affair. This was followed up by an admonition later in 1998 that he, in fact, did have an affair and “it was wrong” and that it “constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.”
Things haven’t turned out all bad for the intern in the blue dress, though. There was a book about her, and she got to talk about it in Vanity Fair, telling her side of the story. Lewinsky, who, two terms after the president who wouldn’t so much as take his coat off in the Oval Office, helped make a mockery out of the sacred office of president. She now gets to go on television, this time without a subpoena, and people are so fixated on what she did, and who she did it with, that she’s co-producing the TV series “Impeachment: American Crime Story.”
When asked about the details about the television show the former White House intern admitted that it is a “dramatization” and that there is a lot of liberty being taken with the story. Said viewers can expect “an enormous amount of emotional truth,” and, surprise surprise that is what Monica thinks “was really important.”
“I think a lot of people know about the story, but people are going to be very surprised when they watch it of things that they didn’t know happened,” Lewinsky said. “There were so many margin notes I had in the scripts of like, ‘Did this really happen?’ So even I learned things.”
Lewinsky is wearing two hats, according to the report, both as subject and producer. If you’re concerned for her safety (and assuming you’re not hanging on former President Clinton’s every word), this is not the first time the details of the former couple’s high-profile affair have gone public.
IJR previously reported that the former president spoke out about his affair in the Hulu docuseries about his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying, “I went and sat on the bed and talked to [Hillary],” he said. “I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said, ‘I feel terrible about it.’ I said, ‘We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I have no defense. This is inexcusable, what I did.’” He did it. It happened years ago. But, Lewinsky needs to tell the story (again) so that she can hold onto even a shred of that limelight.