Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2015

Monica Lewinsky Gives Ted Lecture on Cyber Bullying

Lewinsky thinks that in 1998, she “was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” But that just isn’t true.


Monica Lewinsky is back, unfortunately. The most famous intern of the 1990s – and possibly of all time – has a new lecture about cyber bullying on the website Ted.com.

Ted.com is a place where important people and experts offer web surfers free lectures on all manner of subjects. Which makes one wonder why Ms. Lewinsky was offered a chance to use the platform as a bully pulpit.

Lewinsky continues to bemoan the fact that both her personal and professional lives have suffered because of how she was publically humiliated when her affair with President Clinton was revealed. First of all, you were over 21 at the time Monica and you chose to chase after the most powerful man in the world. You were not a victim.

But more importantly, it’s been 16 years since Bill Clinton’s impeachment and no one ever thinks about you anymore, except when you insist on sticking your face back into the limelight with high profile interviews and HBO specials.

What exactly does what happened to Lewinsky have to do with cyber bullying anyway? And how exactly was Lewinsky treated differently than anyone in the public eye who is involved in a major scandal?

So what exactly does Lewinsky have to say about cyber bullying?

Lewinsky thinks that in 1998, she “was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” But that just isn’t true.

Were not Fawn Hall and Jessica Hahn – two unknown women – treated the same way when their affairs with Senator Gary Hart and televangelist Jim Baker respectively were revealed publicly back in the 80s?

She also says, “I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo and, of course, ‘that woman.’ I was known by many but actually known by few. I get it. It was easy to forget ‘that woman’ was dimensional and had a soul.”

OK, that may be true, but what does it have to do with what happens all too frequently today when a teenage girl has her phone hacked or stolen and personal information and pictures get released to all of her classmates and everyone in her community?

What does that have to do when a person – famous or not – finds out that he or she has a cyber-stalker?

It probably would have been better if Ted.com had found someone else to give such a lecture. Today most people just want Lewinsky to disappear.

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