Monica Lewinsky is hoping that Beyoncé’s recent decision to change lyrics that some found offensive means the singer will also tweak the lines of a 2013 song that references the former White House intern.
On Monday, Beyoncé announced she would be changing the lyrics of a song on her new album, “Renaissance,” to remove a term that is an ableist slur.
The song “Heated,” which was co-written by Drake, previously featured the line “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass,” but a representative for the singer said that “the word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”
On Monday, Lewinsky suggested that she hopes Beyoncé will consider her own longstanding request for a change to the lyrics of the 2013 song “Partition.”
In that song, Beyoncé sings: “He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/ He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown” ― a reference to Lewinsky’s entanglement with then-President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
Lewinsky has argued for the past eight years that since Clinton is the one who famously ejaculated on her dress, the lyric should actually be “Bill Clinton’d all on my gown.”
So far, Lewinsky hasn’t had any luck convincing Beyoncé to change the “Partition” lyric, but her tweets this week suggest she hasn’t given up hope.
Lewinsky told an inquiring Twitter user that she never reached out to Beyoncé about the lyric, but that she did mention it when she wrote an article about her experience for Vanity Fair in 2014.
So far, Beyoncé’s team hasn’t commented on Lewinsky’s request, according to Billboard.