After reports surfaced that Beyoncé will change a lyric on her new album “Renaissance” following accusations of ableism, Monica Lewinsky is calling on the singer to make an additional rewrite.
Since the album’s release on July 29, Beyoncé has come under fire for a lyric on the eleventh track, “Heated,” which critics say contains an ableist term.
On the song, Beyoncé sings, “Spazzin’ on that a–, spazz on that a–.” Spasticity is defined as an “abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
On Monday, Lewinsky shared a Variety report on Twitter about Beyoncé removing the lyric from the song, while suggesting the pop star also consider tweaking her 2013 song “Partition.”
“uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” wrote Lewinsky, who became an anti-bullying advocate following her widely publicized affair in the 1990s with then-President Bill Clinton when she was his intern.
When a Twitter user inquired if Lewinsky reached out to Beyoncé about “Partition” before the singer’s recent controversy, Lewinsky conceded that she hAcesparks’t.
“I did mention it in the first vanity fair article I wrote in 2014… which was the first public thing I’d done in 10 years,” Lewinsky added. “But you make an interesting/fair point…”
has reached out to Beyoncé’s rep for comment about Lewinsky’s tweet.
Beyoncé to remove ‘ableist’ lyric from ‘Renaissance’ album after online backlash: Reports
In “Partition,” Beyoncé makes a suggestive reference to Lewinsky and Clinton’s affair, singing: “He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse / He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.”
Lewinsky has spoken out against her mention in “Partition” — and in other forms of pop culture — before.
“Every day someone mentions me in a tweet or a blog post, and not altogether kindly,” Lewinsky wrote for Vanity Fair in 2014. “Every day, it seems, my name shows up in an op-ed column or a press clip or two — mentioned in passing in articles on subjects as disparate as millennials, ‘Scandal,’ and French president François Hollande’s love life.”
She continued: “Miley Cyrus references me in her twerking stage act, Eminem raps about me, and Beyoncé’s latest hit gives me a shout-out. Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’ “
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Contributing: Anthony Robledo