Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky, a former intern at the White House, is a persona with name and face that has become engraved into the United States public’s recollection of history. Lewinsky served in the iconic monument of the United States during former president Bill Clinton’s presidency in which they developed an improper and highly criticized relationship that drew in the eyes of the public. The media publicized the scandal and brought massive attention filled with disgust and hate for Monica Lewinsky. The public shamed her for tearing up and subverting the relationship between the United States power couple, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Monica Lewinsky was a prominent victim of public shaming in the late 1990s due to her scandalous relationship with Bill …show more content…
The American citizens valued and adored highly respected political leaders such as the dynamic duo, Hillary and Bill Clinton. To them, Monica Lewinsky proved to be a detrimental setback to the government and embodied a character that was seen as unfavorable. She was extremely vilified by the media because she was seen “as that scary feminine trope: the crazy, emotional Single White Female — or, to borrow the phrase from the political sex scandal before her, “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty” (Bennett, Jessica). All these descriptions of her eventually built a character of her as being lewd, provocative, improper, and out of line. She made decisions during this time period that have caused the media to paint this portrait of her that she could have avoided in the first place. The audience vilifies her because she was not seen as a righteous or virtuous individual, instead, she was viewed as the complete opposite. They still continue to vilify her and shame her to this current day because her actions do not reveal her to be ethical. Using her former publicity and attention, she’s “trying to use her old boyfriend to springboard herself into a career in fashion” (Dowd, Maureen. "Liberties; The 16th Minute." ). The American audience does not support or like this decision she made …show more content…
Her inappropriate actions really created a dislike for her amongst the public because she became a barrier in Bill and Hillary’s marriage that everyone idolized, supported and looked up to. People admitted that they “didn’t like that raunchy Lewinsky girl. What kind of woman flashes her thong at the President, anyway” (Bennett, Jessica)? She was publicly shamed because she did not act like how dignified women of her time were supposed to. Lewinsky secured a respectable job in the White House exceptionally early in her career yet she threw it all away the moment she decided to go for the president and risk everything. This appealed to the media and all over the United States because it surprised and left them in utter disbelief. Although Lewinsky regrets her past decisions today, she cannot avoid her past and lives up her consequences each and every day. The media brought an abundance of attention to her and villainized her because it triggered the public’s pathos and caused them to shame

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