Monica Lewinsky Keeps Her Love Life Private: ‘People Know Enough About My …

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Monica Lewinsky Is An Anti-Bullying Champion Who Wants To Support The Bullied.

More than 17 years after news first broke about former President Clinton’s liaison with Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern said she has turned that embarrassing chapter in her personal history into a resilient goal. Lewinsky, during an interview airing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday, detailed the progress she has made in personally working to combat cyber-bullying and recalled how having her name dragged through shaming headlines eventually made her stronger. “Having gone through this horrific life-changing experience, you’re traumatized and humiliated,” she said. “And all of the sudden, you realize you can help other people.” Last July she gave her first television interview since 2003, explaining that, “having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too.” She also wrote a “Vanity Fair” article detailing how she dealt with the 1998 attention and survived the humiliation and delivered a TED Talk about cyberbullying and social media harassment. Now, more than a decade later, Monica Lewinsky has launched her anti-bullying campaign with the support of celebrities including Salma Hayek, Michael J. Ever since joining Bystander Revolution as an ambassador and strategic advisor in June, Lewinsky, 42 – who was publicly shamed after her affair with President Bill Clinton was made public in 1998 – has focused on ways to help others who have been humiliated online. “Do I wish my past were different?

But the now 42-year-old has returned to the public sphere yet again, determined to turn her experience into a positive and help others at the same time. Absolutely,” she tells PEOPLE this week. “But given all things not changing, I’ve been grateful to see that surviving what I did has resonated for others.” Lewinsky gave a rare interview over the weekend to launch Bystander Revolution’s #Month of Action. “October is Bullying Prevention Month,” she says. “We’re rolling out a new challenge every day from our social media channels and website.

As she shared on Good Morning America this morning, Lewinsky is helping to launch the anti-bullying campaign #MonthofAction, which challenges the public in October to take simple steps to reduce cyberbullying and its influence. Each of the challenges is designed to inspire people to act and form habits of action which move to shift the culture DASH which is really one of our goals.” The anti bullying activist, who described herself “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously” in her popular TED Talk, was inspired to use humor as her challenge when she remembered how laughter got her through a rough time in 2012. “There had been a false media story about me that had gone viral,” she recalls.

A friend sent her an email with links to ten bloopers. “My first reaction was, I was in a bad mood and upset and a little annoyed but I clicked on one of the links and within seconds, was laughing.” Looking back, she says, “I realized the value of humor and laughter is that is can shift the moment, like a lighting bolt, and remind you things can be different. Those who sign up for the newsletter will also be sent daily messages via email and text messages. “I am thrilled to be a part of launching Month of Action,” Monica Lewinsky told People in a statement. “Engaging in the daily challenges will help transform our online world into a safer and more compassionate space for everyone. Fox, and Rashida Jones, asks Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter users to participate in activities that will inform them about the realities of cyberbullying, as well as how to treat others online. Even just one action is a step in the right direction towards ending bullying and can save a life.” After disappearing from the public eye for years, Lewinsky recently returned with a strong motivation — to prevent others from being publicly bullied, taunted and humiliated like she was. Valuing inclusivity, the initiative is also working with groups like Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), MTV’s Look Different, The Bully Project, and the Crisis Text Line to expand their reach.

Lewinsky revealed last year that she was compelled to make something useful of her painful history after hearing of the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who was humiliated online by his peers after being secretly filmed kissing another man in 2010. After a decade-long healing process, Lewinsky added that she’s grateful that she no longer has to hide from the world, and can say her name without fear of embarrassment. “Even though I have suffered from shame, I am not ashamed of who I am,” she told Amy Robach.

The Rutgers college student and accomplished violinist had recently discovered he’d been recorded by his roommate during an encounter with another man. As Lewinsky admitted to Robach, she couldn’t help but see shades of herself in Clementi’s story — after all, she even briefly considered taking her own life, too. Even when a teen doesn’t partake in the practice, it’s very likely that they have seen it occur to someone else and took no action, creating a culture that is never addressed. “We need to return to a long-held value of compassion – compassion and empathy,” Lewinsky told Robach. “Online, we’ve got a compassion deficit, an empathy crisis.” As for her gig as Bystander Revolution’s strategic advisor, this isn’t exactly a new gig for Lewinsky — she’s been combatting the effects of public and online shaming for some time now. The comments were so polarizing that a writer for the organization penned an article on how many users missed the point of Lewinsky’s speech and did the very thing she was speaking out against.

But according to Nadia Goodman, who supervised the comments for BR, said Lewinsky had a pretty thick skin. “People [who] called her a slut and a whore, made jokes about sucking d*ck, and said she deserves the shaming because shaming is an important part of how we shape our culture,” wrote Goodman on the advocacy group’s site. Seeing what Lewinsky faces on a daily basis, Goodman wrote that she became emotional. “I can only begin to imagine how profoundly these hateful comments must have shaped her self-worth,” she continued. “We all find our self-esteem shaken when we feel insulted or disrespected.

That’s abuse on another level.” But despite all the vitriol being hurled around after her TED talk, Lewinsky dropped some undeniable truth bombs in her speech, too. Standing before the crowd, she said: For nearly two decades now, we have slowly been sowing the seeds of shame and public humiliation in our cultural soil, both on- and offline.

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