Loyal fans of Beyoncé — commonly referred to as the BeyHive — appear to have their sights firmly set on Monica Lewinsky.
On Monday (August 1), the former White House intern suggested the superstar singer should remove a lyric from her 2013 single “Partition” in which she mentions Lewinsky’s affair with former president Bill Clinton.
Lewinsky got the idea after it was reported Beyoncé would be removing the word “spaz” from her Renaissance single “Heated.”
Evidently, there were plenty of people offended by the word, which they deemed “ableist.” Lewinsky re-shared an article from Variety and added in the caption, “Uhmm, while we’re at it…#Partition.”
Released in 2013 on Beyoncé’s self-titled album, “Partition” included the lyrics: “We ain’t even gonna make it to this club/ Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged/ Oh he so horny, yeah he want to fuck/ He bucked all my buttons, he ripped my blouse/ He Monica Lewinski’d all on my gown.”
The song references the infamous affair Lewinsky had with Clinton between 1995 and 1997. In total, she said she had nine sexual encounters with the married politician, one in which he ejaculated on her navy blue dress. Clinton famously denied the affair in a White House news conference, saying: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
In 2014, Lewinsky wrote an essay for Vanity Fair correcting Beyoncé, saying the lyric should have gone, “He Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,” which is actually correct.
As for Beyoncé, the 40-year-old singer has been under scrutiny since releasing Renaissance on July 29. Not only was “Heated” edited, rapper Kelis was also upset she and her team sampled her 2003 hit “Milkshake” for the song “Energy.”
After taking her grievances to social media, Beyoncé ultimately removed the “la la la la la” part from the song and the scrubbed version is what appears on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and other streaming platforms.
Despite Beyoncé’s perceived willingness to oblige her critics, the BeyHive is still fuming over Lewinsky’s request — check out some of the reactions below.