Here’s How People Reacted to Monica Lewinsky Suggesting Beyoncé Change "Partition" Lyrics

Monica Lewinsky's request came amid continued coverage of post-release changes for Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album 'Renaissance,' out now.

Monica Lewinsky is seen at a red carpet event

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Monica Lewinsky is seen at a red carpet event

Amid continued discussions surrounding post-release lyrical and compositional tweaks to what will surely go down as one of the biggest and most acclaimed albums of the year (i.e. Beyoncé’s Renaissance), Monica Lewinsky has entered the conversation.

On Monday, Lewinsky tweeted out a Variety article focused on a lyric from the album some had considered to be ableist. When sharing the article, Lewinsky pointed to the 2013 track “Partition,” which boasts a lyric that playfully references the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal of the mid-1990s.

“[U[hmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” Lewinsky said Monday. 

uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition

Beyoncé to Remove Renaissance Lyric After Outrage: Ableist, Offensive - Variety

— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 1, 2022

In a number of follow-up tweets, Lewinsky responded to those who noted she had the descriptor of “rap song muse” in her Twitter bio. She also clarified a remark spurred by an aggregated report on her 2014 Vanity Fair piece titled “Shame and Survival,” which mentioned Beyoncé.

when articles about the 125+ other artists changing lyrics to a song cross my TL, i promise i’ll do the same. ✌🏼

— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 2, 2022

this was from an essay i wrote in 2014. not just beyoncé. also, i have learned to find humor in painful/humiliating things. enjoy the view from your high horse.

— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 2, 2022

See more reactions (much of which were negative) to Lewinsky’s latest mention of the 2013 track below. As for Renaissance, which marked Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album, Complex recently shared a rundown of first impressions of the 16-track experience. Read that here.

I actually don’t mind her wanting to have her name removed but I wish she had the same energy for the many men who have referenced her ordeal for entertainment.
Here is a full list:
So shocking with so many entries by single artists..

— Mwansa⚡️ (@la_mwansa) August 2, 2022

Girl, bye
Its been 10 years.

— Chanel (@queencnyc2) August 3, 2022

Me reading through the quotes 😂

— Simba 🧋 (@Simba__97) August 2, 2022

She’s right. Love Beyoncé, but I’ve always hated that lyric. It’s sexist. Also, he actually “Bill Clintoned” all on her blouse. I wish we could move the shame of this incident onto the right person.

— Tracie Hunte (@TracieHunte) August 3, 2022

Rap Song Muse.

— Mercedez (@MercedezUAZ2) August 1, 2022

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