Monica Lewinsky was uninvited to an event after Bill Clinton decided to attend
Monica Lewinsky isn’t holding back. The anti-bullying activist spoke out about being uninvited to an event because Bill Clinton RSVPed and broke down why that wasn’t okay at all. Not that she should have to explain to grown-ups that you can’t rescind an invitation once it’s been sent out. C’mon guys. Manners 101.
Lewinsky took to Twitter to explain the whole uncomfortable situation. “Dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and –then after i’ve accepted– uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited,” she wrote. “it’s 2018. emily post would def not approve.”
She also added that the publication hosting the event tried to offer her a story in return — but that really wasn’t going to cut it.
Turns out that the event in question was a philanthropic summit run by Town & Country magazine. Clinton’s team claimed that they had no part in Lewinsky being booted from the invite list. “President Clinton was invited to address the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit,” Angel Ureña, the press secretary for the former president, tweeted. “He gladly accepted. Neither he nor his staff knew anything about the invitation or it being rescinded.”
Meanwhile, Town & Country has since apologized for their behavior, and said that they “regret the way the situation was handled.” So, fair enough that it’s obviously pretty awkward to host both Lewinsky and Clinton under the same roof. But you definitely can’t solve that issue by just rescinding one of their invitations.
This isn’t the first time that Lewinsky has spoken openly and frankly about her relationship with Clinton. This past March, she penned an essay for Vanity Fair and explained that she’s just starting to understand how her story fits into the #MeToo movement.
“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern,” Lewinsky wrote. “I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.”
She went on to to applaud the courageous women who have stepped forward with their stories of abuse, and finished with the proverb: “They tried to bury us; they didn’t know we were seeds.”
Well, here’s a massive round of applause for Lewinsky as well, who continues to stand up and definitely refused to be buried.