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Meaning of Beyoncé’s ‘Monica Lewinsky’d on my gown’ lyric explained

A day after announcing she would remove an ableist slur from her new track Heated, Beyoncé is being asked to change another lyric. The 40-year-old…

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A day after announcing she would remove an ableist slur from her new track Heated, Beyoncé is being asked to change another lyric.

The 40-year-old released her seventh studio album Renaissance on Friday (July 29), which features 16 amazing tracks.

However, she came under fire as the 11th song of the album contains an ableist slur that is derogatory to people with a condition called spastic diplegia.

Spastic diplegia is a form of cerebral palsy that causes motor impairments in the legs or arms and many thought the lyric was discriminating those with the disability. 

Following backlash, a spokesperson for Beyoncé revealed the singer would remove the ableist slur on Tuesday (August 2) – but now Bey has come under fire again.

Monica Lewinsky is calling for the Break My Soul singer to remove a lyric about her in Bey’s 2013 track Partition – but what does the line “Monica Lewinsky’d on my gown” mean?

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Monica Lewinsky suggests Beyoncé should change lyric

American activist, television personality and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has suggested Beyoncé should remove a lyric about her too.

On Twitter, she replied to a Variety article about the ableist slur and wrote: “Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.”

She is referring to a line in the singer’s 2013 track, which was part of her fifth studio album, Beyoncé.

The lyrics read: “Oh, he so h**ny, yeah he want to f**k / He popped all my buttons, he ripped my blouse / He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown.”

Monica first addressed the lyric in 2014, saying in a Vanity Fair interview: “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown.’”

uhmm, while we’re at it… #PartitionBeyoncé to Remove Renaissance Lyric After Outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety https://t.co/DzN80FdzPB— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 1, 2022

What the Monica Lewinsky Partition lyric means

The line refers to the sex scandal between Monica Lewinsky and then president Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Clinton was married to Hillary, while Lewinsky was a 24-year-old White House intern.

During a speech in January 1998, the president denied under oath that he had “sexual relations” with Lewinsky. However, he later admitted to having “inappropriate intimate physical contact”.

Bill Clinton was impeached on 11 grounds on December 19, 1998, including perjury, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering and abuse of power.

The impeachment report also contained explicit details of the sexual relationship he had with Lewinsky. Those included the revelation that In November 1997, Monica Lewinsky told a friend she had a blue dress that still bore a stain that resulted from a sexual encounter with Clinton in February that year, Famous Trials reports.

In July 1998, Lewinsky turned the dress over to Kenneth Starr’s investigators after signing an immunity agreement. The FBI concluded Clinton was the source of the stain on the dress to a “reasonable degree of scientific certainty.”

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Lizzo removes ableist slur from track Grrrls

The Beyoncé lyric backlash comes just months after Lizzo used the same ableist slur in her song Grrrls, which was released at the start of June. 

Like the Lemonade singer, she quickly changed the lyric and re-released the song, which is part of her new album Special.

The 34-year-old also made a public apology on Instagram on June 13, writing: “It has been brought to my attention there is a harmful word in my new song GRRRLS.

“Let me make one thing clear, I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I understand the power words can have.”

The singer added she was “proud” to say a new version of the song was being released with a lyric change and said she was “listening and taking action”. 

“As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world,” the star concluded.
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