Town & Country Apologizes to Monica Lewinsky for Disinviting Her to Event After Bill Clinton's RSVP
After Monica Lewinsky blasted an unnamed magazine on Wednesday for disinviting her to an event after former President Bill Clinton confirmed his attendance, the publication is coming clean and apologizing.
The former White House intern, who made international headlines for her affair with then-president Clinton in the ’90s, spoke out on Twitter about the diss — noting that “Emily Post would def not approve.”
“dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and –then after i’ve accepted– uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited. it’s 2018. emily post would def not approve,” she wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, signing it “me” alongside an image of a peace sign.
The anti-bullying advocate then issued a follow-up tweet saying “p.s. …and definitely, please don’t try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag.”
Media reports quickly outed Town & Country magazine as the offender, and noted that Clinton introduced Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate Emma Gonzalez at their Town & Country Philanthropy Summit on Wednesday morning.
Although the publication ignored media requests on Wednesday — including PEOPLE’s — the magazine tweeted a brief apology to Lewinsky Thursday morning.
“We apologize to Ms. Lewinsky and regret the way the situation was handled,” they wrote.
Lewinsky, now 44, was 22 when she began her affair with Clinton. The young woman was thrust into the limelight once their relationship was made public, and led to a high-profile investigation and the president’s impeachment. Lewinsky has said the surreal experience turned her life “into a living hell,” and led to her to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
But in a Vanity Fair essay published in February of this year, Lewinsky noted that since the dawn of the #MeToo era, her experience is finally being viewed through a different lens.
“Until recently (thank you, Harvey Weinstein), historians hadn’t really had the perspective to fully process and acknowledge that year of shame and spectacle,” she wrote in Vanity Fair, adding that even though what occurred between herself and Clinton wasn’t sexual assault, “we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power.”
She also wrote that “I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.”
As recently as last November, several former top advisers to President Obama and the Clintons voiced their support for Lewinsky. During an interview with MSNBC, Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton who also worked for former President Clinton’s administration, said that she was sorry for everything Lewinsky had undergone.
“Monica Lewinsky was my intern and the relationship the president had with her was very inappropriate,” said Palmieri. “It was a consensual relationship, but he was the President of the United States and she was a 24-year-old intern — that is taking advantage of a power dynamic on a historic scale.”