Talk about milking your 15 minutes of fame for a lifetime…
From Page Six:
“My name is Monica Lewinsky,” the former White House intern told a conference in Philadelphia, her first public speech to a large audience. “Though I have often been advised to change it … I haven’t.”
“I fell in love with my boss in a 22-year-old sort of a way. It happens. But my boss was the President of the United States,” she continued.
“I deeply regret it for many reasons. Not the least of which is that people were hurt,” she continued.
The emotional admissions from Lewinsky, now 41, struck a chord with the audience, gathered for a Forbes’ “30 under 30 Summit.” They gave her a standing ovation.
Cry me a fucking river. Another “strong and independent women” who is now even more rich and forever famous for doing nothing more than banging a powerful man. Yeah, let’s give her a standing ovation.
The funny part of the above speech was that it had nothing to do with the usual Lewinsky speaking circuit dribble like feminism, workplace sexual assault, or how to get rich off of blow jobs.
This conference was all about how the Internet can shatter people’s reputations.
The irony is that Lewinsky should be thanking the Internet, because without the web she would have faded into oblivion as just another notch on Bill’s bed post (and he has many). The Internet has given Monica instant fame, staying power and massive audience exposure.
“Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. I was Patient Zero,” Lewinsky said, noting specifically how the publicity from the Drudge Report went worldwide.
“The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet,” was how she described herself.
She became “periodically suicidal,” resorted to peanut M&Ms as her “Xanax” for the day and often thought “I want to die.”
“The New York Post’s Page Six took to calling me the Portly Pepperpot,” Lewinsky recalled of her various nicknames. “I was shattered.”
She became tearful and backed away from the microphone when describing how prosecutors threatened to go after her mother of she didn;t cooperate and wear a wire.
“In case you didn’t know, I did not wear the wire,” she said.
What’s motivating Lewinsky now , she explained, is a campaign against cyber intrusions.
“I’m sure Jennifer Lawrence would agree with that, or any of the 90,000 people whose private Snapchat pictures were released last week” Lewinsky said.
She called herself a survivor and said her speaking out was part of an effort “to give purpose to my past.”
And what better way then to kick off a new campaign on cultural compassion then by launching her own Twitter account.
Another women playing the victim card, after she exercised her free-will to sleep with the most powerful man on the planet.
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