What would the Monica Lewinsky scandal look like in today’s media landscape? In the Vanity Fair essay that has inspired a newfound interest in her story and its political implications, Lewinsky imagines what would have happened if she’d had an affair with the president in the age of social media.
She begins the piece by talking about a particularly awkward moment of her journey that came in 2001 when she was onstage at Cooper Union in New York City, answering questions for an HBO documentary about her called “Monica in Black and White.” A man in the audience stood up and asked her, “How does it feel to be America’s premier blow-job queen?”
“Had that awkward moment at Cooper Union aired only a few years later, with the advent of social media, the humiliation would have been even more devastating. That clip would have gone viral on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, TMZ, Gawker. It would have become a meme of its own on Tumblr. The viralness itself would have merited mention on the Daily Beast and Huffington Post.”
In fact, that moment is on YouTube now, but it has hardly gone viral. Lewinsky never had the good fortunate of becoming a meme, but you can still watch the awkwardness unfold below, via HBO:
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