Monica Lewinsky wins the Internet with ‘I have a joke’ tweet about affair with Bill Clinton as an intern
Monica Lewinsky participated in a trending "I have a joke" competition on the Internet and stumped everyone by joking about her affair with former President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky, a former White House intern, offered her take on the joke trend, writing: "I have an intern joke and it… nevermind." The trend includes social media users explaining they have a joke about an issue and finishing with a punch phrase related to the set up issue.
The 47-year-old, through her joke, referred to her sexual relationship with Clinton in the 1990s. Her response came to a post by Nell Scovell, creator of the TV series 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' who wrote: “I have a Charles Manson joke and it kills." Other notable jokes include one of Dr. Karishma Kaushik’s, who wrote: "I have a microbiology joke, but not sure if it is ‘cultured.'"
However, according to actress Mia Farrow, Lewinsky's joke was the winner of them all. The 75-year-old actress wrote: "Monica wins the internet." Lewinsky’s tweet had been liked over 535,000 times as of Monday, July 27, morning. Lewinsky, in her sensational 2018 docuseries 'The Clinton Affairs', made multiple new revelations about her infamous affair with the former president; it also talked about her first public disclosure of how she had considered suicide after her affair with former President Bill Clinton. The former White House intern, in an article in June 2015, had first written that "the shame, the scorn, and the fear" put her in a dark place where she was considering taking her own life.
The A&E docuseries 'The Clinton Affair' premieres on November 18 at 9 pm and MEAWW was given early access to the riveting show. "I have never actually attempted suicide, but I had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after," she had written in the article years ago. Although Lewinsky said that her relationship with Clinton was consensual, she also said that she was beginning to reconsider that notion based on power imbalances and "the ability to abuse them."
In the wake of the docuseries, Lewinsky wrote an essay slamming Clinton for stating that he did not feel like he owed a personal apology to her. "What feels more important to me than whether I am owed or deserving of a personal apology is my belief that Bill Clinton should want to apologize,” Lewinsky wrote. “I’m less disappointed by him, and more disappointed for him. He would be a better man for it ... and we, in turn, a better society.”
Lewinsky, in her piece, also explained why she decided to participate in the A&E’s docu-series about her affair despite being largely silent about it in recent years. “One main reason: because I could,” she wrote. “Throughout history, women have been traduced and silenced. Now, it’s our time to tell our own stories in our own words.”
Lewinsky's sexual encounter with Clinton occurred when she was a 22-year-old intern at the White House in November of 1995. Clinton was 49 years of age at the time. The news of the duo's affair, however, broke in January 1998, which sparked federal investigations and an onslaught of media attention.