'Orange is the New Black' Jokes About Monica Lewinsky & She's Not Happy About It
Orange is the New Black is officially the new Beyoncé—at least if you ask Monica Lewinsky. In her second Vanity Fair essay, Lewinsky recounts how she felt about being referenced in an OITNB punchline. Apparently, she didn't appreciate this name-check anymore than the lyrics to "Partition." As The Huffington Post points out,
Lewinksy opens her essay titled The Online Rebuttal is the New Black, by addressing the quip from an OITNB Season 1 episode she recently watched:
In it, there was a vulgar reference to my last name and DNA. I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off.
Sheesh. So basically she felt humiliated, embarrassed and not in control of her life. Lewinsky has every right to respond because it is her name, reputation and her Vanity Fair column to do with as she pleases. However, I wonder if she intends to use this platform to highlight each time someone references her in an unflattering light. If so, she could easily pen enough columns to fill up her own magazine. It might be an interesting approach, but not will it get old fast, but she runs the risk of the cultural references overshadowing the entire point of her essay, which was sort of confusing.I'm not saying Lewinsky shouldn't continue to defend herself when she deems it necessary, nor am I suggesting that she should just shut up and keep watching OITNB as if none of this ever happened. But for her sanity, I hope she won't become too focused on addressing people who joke about her, otherwise she's running a race she'll never win.