Monica Lewinsky on Cancel Culture
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Many people may not know who Monica Lewinsky is, and that’s understandable since she became well known after a scandal involving former president Bill Clinton (and yes, Clinton was with Hillary). Long story short, Clinton and Lewinsky had an affair that lasted between 1995 and 1997. Clinton had denied the whole thing, but it was already out there. Lewinsky has spent the past 20 years becoming an activist for anti-bullying and has begun her new project documentary “15 Minutes of Shame,” where she does her take on cancel culture.
In her documentary, Lewinsky speaks out on cancel culture and public shaming. She also mentioned how she’s one of the first modern public figures to experience this kind of behaviour from the media. “We’re living in a culture and world now where we’re drowning in shame,” Lewinsky says. “We’re taking a 360 look at this culture of public shaming, public humiliation culture and trying to ask the question, ‘Where are we going?’” Lewinsky teamed up with “Catfish” co-host and began to produce a documentary where the subject is solely on the criticism of public humiliation on several people.
After the affair with Bill Clinton, Lewinsky was subject to much public shaming after the experience was discovered by the media and made public. These events had made her life somewhat difficult; even after two decades, people still remember this incident and Lewinsky has continued to put up with the public. Now with the dust settling, Lewinsky has mentioned that she is a changed woman and a lot happier now more than ever after years of that particular scandal.
However, many people believe that Lewinsky was not at fault here but instead Clinton, given that at the time, Lewinsky was young and naive, while Clinton was more mature and knowledgeable.
But what do you guys think? Do we live in a cancel culture? What are your thoughts on public shaming? Maybe it’s not worth it to hold a grudge for that long?